Seeking to undercut one of President Obama’s strongest reelection talking points that he ordered the mission that took out Osama bin Laden, Romney surrogate John Sununu said in an interview with the New York Times that Obama should have moved more aggressively than he did to kill bin Laden.
In an interview published Saturday, the former New Hampshire Governor said Obama was retroactively being given far more credit for ordering the attacks than is fair, and that the real credit should go to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for convincing him to launch the strike, and to George W. Bush for pursuing bin Laden in the first place. Citing a tell-all book that claims Obama passed on three previous opportunities to order a strike, Sununu said that was a sign Obama had gone weak at the wrong time.
“The president is trying to take credit for following the strategy and the tactics put into place by George W. Bush,” he said. At some point the president is going to have to explain why he was timid on the first two or three opportunities that we had.”
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