President Obama responds to Mitt Romney’s claim earlier today that “of course” he would have done the same thing as Obama with respect to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan—even though Romney himself had previously said he opposed Obama’s strategy:
As far as my personal role and what other folks would do, I’d just recommend that everybody look at people’s previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden.
I assume that people meant what they said when they said—that’s been at least my practice. I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they would do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.
Mitt Romney, of course, famously said in 2007 that President Obama’s willingness to go into Pakistan was “ill-advised” and “ill-considered” and that he did not “concur” with the Obama strategy.
Ball’s in your court, Mitt.