President Barack Obama's decision to insinuate that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would not have made the decision to go after the late al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is a cheap campaign ploy.
To taunt your political opponent, using bin Laden's killing, is kitschy. These kind of tactics are beneath the dignity of the presidency. Unfortunately, when he was questioned about the ad, President Obama defended the tactic. (here)
As we see in the campaign ad, the Obama campaign asserts that Romney would not have made the same call on bin Laden the president made. In recent days, vice president Joe Biden has also echoed the charge. But the Obama campaign has taken quotes Romney made out of context. The campaign ad has been criticized by many, including liberal blogger Arianna Huffington, who has described it as "despicable."
Ret. Admiral Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs, also expressed his concern with the ad, telling NBC's Brian Williams, "I do worry a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics. I can assure you that those individuals who risked their lives, the last thing in the world that they want is to be spun into that. So I'm hoping that that doesn't happen."
President Obama's decision to kill the infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden a year ago was the right call. He deserves credit and our appreciation for the successful mission, which was provided a catharsis to Americans. Had the campaign ad focused on President Obama making the right call, and celebrated its success, there would be no problem with it. It's been a year since bin Laden received justice, and celebration is always due.
However, President Obama crossed a line with the ad's second half, which attacked Romney. It cheapens the accomplishment of getting bin Laden. It was an opportunistic act.