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In his own words: Romney would not have pursued Osama bin Laden in Pakistan

Four years ago, then-Senator Barack Obama made it clear that he’d pursue al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was later discovered. He said, “If we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act and we will take them out. We will kill bin Laden; we will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.”

One has to wonder, then, would Mitt Romney have done what the Commander-in-chief did to seek out bin Laden?


Romney’s own statements in 2007 make it plain and clear that he would not have pursued bin Laden or ordered the military operation that finally brought him to justice.

  • When asked about bin Laden, Romney said, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just to capture one person.” He said the country would see “a very insignificant increase in safety” because another terrorist would rise to power. Sen. John McCain, who endorsed Romney this year, responded to that comment: “[I]t takes a degree of naiveté to think [bin Laden’s] not an element in the struggle against radical Islam.”

  • Romney opposed taking action against al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan, dismissing then-Senator Barack Obama’s promise to strike terrorist targets inside Pakistan if necessary. “I do not concur,” he said, adding “I don’t think those kinds of comments help in this effort to draw more friends to our effort.”

  • Romney added that the President’s pledge to strike at al-Qaeda was “ill-considered,” arguing that U.S. troops “shouldn’t be sent all over the world.” Romney said he preferred “a civilized world” where the U.S. will “participate with other nations in this civilized effort to help those nations reject the extreme with them.”

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