On the campaign trail today he repeated his claim that Obama has consistently “sided with our enemies,” and refused to give the president credit for Osama bin Laden’s death:
Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Santorum was asked by George Stephanopoulos to explain his comment at a rally in Iowa on Monday that in international conflicts, Obama has “sided with our enemies on almost every single one.”
Santorum doubled down on his comments, saying Obama has “appeased and pandered” on the international stage and that the killing of bin Laden in Pakistan, presented as a foreign-policy success by the White House, was set in motion by the Bush administration.
Santorum said that operations to kill bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders were “missions that were defined” by the Bush administration.” Obama “simply went on and executed those decisions,” he said.
Santorum added, “This is a president who has gotten it wrong every time,” claiming that Obama has alienated allies from Britain to the Czech Republic.
As far as his bin Laden assertion goes, it’s been well documented that the Bush administration missed an opportunity to get bin Laden in Tora Bora in 2001. Bush himself stated publicly that he wasn’t spending much time thinking about finding the al Qaeda leader.
By contrast, Obama made getting bin Laden a priority as soon as he took office, and dedicated considerable time and manpower to the mission. He oversaw and approved the final successful plan to kill bin Laden, taking on the considerable risk if the mission failed.