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Santorum Wants Covert Ops Public, Attacks Obama For Not Being Able To ‘Keep A Secret’ On Bin Laden

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Today’s Republican Jewish Coalition presidential forum provided the GOP candidates plenty of opportunity to bash President Obama, particularly on foreign policy, using the tired old tropes that he is appeasing America’s enemies and projecting weakness throughout the world.

But former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum offered one of the more bizarre attacks of the morning, saying the U.S. needs to be more open about its covert operations around the world, particularly in Iran. But in very next breath, he condemned the President for disclosing to the public that he had ordered the raid on Osama bin Laden, after it had taken place:

SANTORUM: We need to say very clearly that we will be conducting covert activity to do everything we can to stop their nuclear program and that means using covert activity that may have occurred at the missile site in Iran. I would like to think the United States was involved in that. I would like to think we had something to do with that missile site.

But given the President’s record with Osama bin Laden and not being able to keep a secret of anything good that he did for even more than 24 hours I’d suspect we’d already know if we had something to do with that explosion.

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So on one hand, Santorum wants to be open about U.S. covert operations that have yet to take place, and on the other, he attacks Obama for discussing one particular covert operation that had already happened, and was successful — the raid on bin Laden’s compound that resulted in the death of the al Qaeda leader.

And for the record, the president did a pretty good job at keeping mum about what he wanted to do with bin Laden. “I didn’t tell most people here in the White House. I didn’t tell my own family. It was that important for us to maintain operational security,” he said. When asked why he didn’t consult with the Pakistanis, Obama replied, “If I’m not revealing to some of my closest aides what we’re doing, then I sure as heck am not gonna be revealing it to folks who I don’t know.”

Given that Santorum takes a militaristic line against Iran over its nuclear program, it’s safe to assume that an attack on that country would be a likely scenario should he become president. At least we know he’ll give them a heads up if he decides to do it.

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