Fact #40

President Obama responds to those who have wrongfully accused him of engaging in “appeasement"

President Obama hit back hard against Republicans who have been accusing him of foreign-policy ‘appeasement,’ dismissing their criticisms as ‘political noise’ and signaling that he will not ignore attacks against his record during the upcoming presidential campaign. He also left no doubt that he will be quick to remind all critics that it was under his stewardship that 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed. When a reporter noted such Republican accusations, the President replied "ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaida leaders who have been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement, or whoever is left out there, ask them about that". Interestingly, in the days after "9/11", George W. Bush expressed his intention to capture/kill Osama bin Laden (remember 'smoke him out of his hole'), but six months later gave up saying that he no longer considered it a priority.