Despite the fact that the Obama administration succeeded in killing one of the most dangerous and wanted men on the planet, conservatives have been reluctant to give him credit. Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson used the moment to both suggest that the president is too soft on terror and to make an implicit plug for the Bush administration’s use of torture:
CARLSON: Let me ask you this, would you be in the camp of having rather captured him…to try to get more information? But then I brought up the fact that under this administration it seems that we don’t prosecute or ask the same questions that we might have under the Bush administration, so would we get anything out of him anyway if we captured him?
Watch it, via Media Matters:
One has to wonder if Fox would treat the killing of a high level terrorist with as much skepticism if it had occurred under a Republican president. As ABC News’ Jake Tapper noted, “The list of senior terrorists killed during the Obama presidency is fairly extensive.” He goes on to detail nearly two dozen names, including, of course Bin Laden. But as NBC notes, “no president” in over 20 years “has had more foreign-policy successes happen under his watch than President Obama.” Yet, he’s “getting almost no credit.”
The refusal to credit Obama after Awlaki is a replay of what happened after the U.S. killed Osama Bin Laden.