The roots of President Obama's hotly debated campaign video extolling his decision to authorize the raid one year ago that killed Osama bin Laden can be found in a 2007 foreign policy speech where Obama appeared to be out of his depth.
In that speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, then-Sen. Obama said if as president he possessed "actionable intelligence" about the whereabouts of bin Laden or other high-value terror targets, he would attack with the intent to kill - even if then-President Pervez Musharraf objected.
The direct quote was this:
"I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaida leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will."
Don't Miss Today's Top Stories
Rick, Executive Director for Policy
Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."
Chuck, Graduate Student
The day's action in one quick read."
Stacy, Director of Communications
I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."
Richard, VP of Government Affairs
Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "
Michael, Executive Director