18 February 2012

Obama's counterterrorism successes continue

During the 2008 campaign season, the GOP kept accusing Barack Obama of being soft on terrorism.

And now the world can see how wrong they were.

On Obama's watch, Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki were found and killed; Muammar Gaddafi was ousted (and later killed by rebel forces); the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were drawn down; and a new nuclear arms reduction treaty was negotiated with Russia.

And the successes continued over the past few days:

On February 16, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called "underwear bomber" who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas Day 2009, was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences plus 50 years, ensuring that he will die in a federal prison.

And on February 17, federal agents thwarted an alleged plot to carry out a suicide attack on the Capitol. The would-be bomber is in federal custody.

So, all in all, contrary to all the ongoing criticism from the right, we've been safer under Obama's watch than under the previous (Republican) administration.

Will the voters bear this in mind when they go to the polls in November?

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