President Obama ordered the operation that resulted in the U.S. military killing Osama bin Laden. Mitt Romney previously said it wasn’t “worth moving heaven and earth” to catch the 9/11 mastermind. In response to a recent right-wing video that attacks President Obama for ordering the successful operation to kill bin Laden, Jon Soltz, co-founder of VoteVets.org and an Iraq War Veteran, penned an op-ed in the Huffington Post—here’s an excerpt of what he had to say:
There’s little doubt. If Mitt Romney was president, Osama bin Laden may very well be alive today. And Romney wouldn’t much care, because it wasn’t worth moving heaven and earth to get the guy, anyway. There is another part of that quote, though, that is equally as troubling. Romney said it wasn’t worth moving heaven and earth, or “spending billions of dollars.”
Billions of dollars not being worth it? This is the same Mitt Romney who has argued that we should have endless war in Afghanistan.
… Mitt Romney made it clear: While President Obama will begin to transition us out of Afghanistan, Mitt Romney would keep us there in an open-ended commitment. Open-ended means decades and hundreds of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.
We are spending around $2 billion a week in Afghanistan. We have spent hundreds of billions in the war since it started just after 9/11. If it’s safe to say that there will be no troop drawdowns, and an indefinite commitment under a Romney administration—we’d be there for another four or eight years, depending on whether he won a second term. That’s hundreds of billions of dollars.
So, let’s get this straight. Mitt Romney would keep us in Afghanistan—where Osama bin Laden no longer was, and al Qaeda has largely vacated—at the cost of billions of dollars and thousands of lives, but it wouldn’t be worth “moving heaven and earth” or “spending billions of dollars” to get the mastermind of 9/11 and bring him to justice?
… All I can say is thank God we have had a president who was willing to, as the head of U.S. Special Operations command said, “shoulder the burden” of killing Osama bin Laden.