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Long Memory and Short Fuse; The Roots of Obama's bin Laden Anniversary

  President Barack Obama makes a point during one in a series of meetings in the Situation Room of the White House discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon is pictured at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House. President Barack Obama makes a point during one in a series of meetings in the Situation Room of the White House discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon is pictured at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

May 1, 2012

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."

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