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Showing posts with label White House and Bin Laden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label White House and Bin Laden. Show all posts

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Romney's 3 am Phone Call

Arguably the most memorable political ad during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for the White House was the “3 AM phone call.” 

“It’s 3 am and your children are safe and asleep.  But there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing. Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders. Knows the military. Someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world ... Who do you want answering the phone?”

If the last 36 hours are any guide, you don’t want Mitt Romney answering that phone. In fact, you don’t want him anywhere near the White House situation room, ever.

You do want Barack Obama picking up that phone. For if Obama’s surprising performance over the past three-plus years as commander in chief is any guide, he’s calm, cool, collected--and effective--in a crisis, no matter what you think of his domestic policies or drone strikes.

Romney, in contrast, is an excitable lad. He’s exactly what you don’t want in a commander-in-chief, which is to say, he’s impetuous, not to mention shallow.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dubious Bin Laden Death Photos Proliferate

Along with contradictory accounts of Osama Bin Laden's last moments, grisly photos purposting to show the remains of the al Qaeda leader right after he was shot, reportedly by US Navy SEALs,  are proliferating. Here is one of the latest, which the Pentagon declined to confirm as authentic.
Another one (below), which circulated within hours of the raid Sunday night is now said to be fake.

[UPDATE: More grisly photos purporting to be dead bodies inside the house, taken by news agency stringers, circulated on Wednesday.]

CIA Diretor Leon Panetta suggested that the real photos might be released soon. But White House spokesman Jay Carneylater hedged on the subject.

"It's fair to say that it's a gruesome photograph," Carney said.

"I'll be candid. There are sensitivities here in terms of the appropriateness of releasing photographs of Osama bin Laden."