It comes again. Presidenton Monday reiterated his previous stance on the terror kingpin Osama Bin Laden while lashing out at his rival . The president said that Mr. Romney would not have gone after Bin Laden if he was at the helm of the affairs. The president questioned previous statements of Mitt Romney on Bin Laden and suggested to bring them in the public knowledge. Obama said it was a hard task to locate the terror mastermind and then eliminate him in a midnight operation. Referring to Mr. Romney statements, the president said people had said something else in the past but are now trying to mitigate their statements through different tactics.
During the election campaign in 2007, Mr. Romney said: “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” This statement is becoming a major impediment in election campaign of Mitt Romney. Obama camp says that Mr. Romney never showed his commitment in war against terrorism, let alone elimination of high profile terrorists like Osama Bin Laden. It is pertinent to mention here that Bin Laden was killed on May 2 last year in one of the garrison cities of Pakistan in a midnight operation by the US Navy Seals.
Bin Laden was living in a compound in Abbottabad – the city is just 130 kilometers from the federal capital, Islamabad – with his three wives and 14 children where he was killed in the sting operation. The unilateral operation deteriorated relations between the United States and Pakistan as the former thought its sovereignty was breached. Efforts are underway to get the relations back on the track. As first anniversary of the terror kingpin is just around the corner, Obama camp has started to use the dead horse into his favor. Supporters of President Obama believe they can deal a severe blow to Mr. Romney by publicizing his previous soft statements on Bin Laden.
On the other hand, Mr. Romney camp says that Obama camp was intentionally twisting the statement to gain political advantage. They say that Mr. Romney meant in the statement that Bin Laden was not the only terrorist on earth. There was much more need to go after the potential terrorists who have established their tentacles across the developing countries. Mr. Romney camp says that Obama administration was only focusing on one statement of Mr. Romney to hide his failure in containing the menace of terrorism. Mr. Romney was of the view that capturing Bin Laden would only be helpful up to a small extent as he was just part of the problem not whole problem.
The war of words between both the leaders continue to woo their electorates. Let’s see what comes up in the coming days and weeks.