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In this handout image provided by The White House, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama later announced that the United States had killed Bin Laden in an operation led by U.S. Special Forces at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The Obama campaign has distributed an ad that promotes the president’s decision to assassinate Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and casts doubt on Republican front-runner Mitt Romney’s ability to make the same decision if necessary.
The advertisement has sparked criticism from individuals on both sides of the political spectrum, including Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington who called the commercial “despicable.”
In response to the Obama ad, Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul stated, “It’s unfortunate that President Obama would prefer to use what was a good day for all Americans as a cheap political ploy.” Romney has also insisted that he would have approved the Navy Seal assassination if he were commander-in-chief and questions Obama’s ability to defend America from terrorists.
How appropriate is it for President Obama to promote killing bin Laden as a triumph during his campaign for re-election? Should the assassination be regarded as a celebrated accomplishment for national security or a necessary evil?
James Hohmann, National Political Reporter for POLITICO
Arnold Steinberg, political strategist and analyst, a libertarian-conservative long associated with Republican campaigns