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Mitt Romney on Osama bin Laden


A story in the Associated Press characterizes Mitt Romney’s statements in a recent interview this way:

[Romney] said the country would be safer by only “a small percentage” and would see “a very insignificant increase in safety” if al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught because another terrorist would rise to power. “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,” Romney said. Instead, he said he supports a broader strategy to defeat the Islamic jihad movement.
I haven’t seen the full text of the interview, so perhaps there is some missing context.  But if the quote is correct, just speaking as one taxpayer, I would say a) we have already spent billions and gone to a lot of effort to try to get bin Laden, and b) it would be worth still more money and still more effort to kill the man behind 9/11.  I can’t imagine any serious Republican candidate for president would say otherwise.  Perhaps Romney should watch the tape of the planes hitting the towers again.