Santorum Criticizes Obama for Not Keeping Bin Laden Kill to Himself

Dec 7, 2011 10:29am

President Obama showed his weakness after the killing of Osama bin Laden by letting the news of the operation leak to the public, Rick Santorum told a group of Republican Jewish voters this morning.

The former Pennsylvania senator, speaking at a Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Washington, said the president’s not “able to keep a secret” for “more than 24 hours.”

While the Republican candidates for president have criticized Obama across the board, they have generally shown respect for his handling of the secret mission in Pakistan to take out bin Laden. Santorum made his remark as a way of saying that if the Obama administration wants to take credit for something, the public would know about it.

The insult was apparently a reference to the way that Obama announced the operation the night of May 1, in a quickly arranged speech at the White House. The night before, Obama was the center of attention at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, and he gave no hints about the plan.

Santorum broadened his foreign policy criticism on Obama in the rest of his speech, predicting that by the “next election day,” concerns about the economy will take a back seat to national security. He accused Obama of turning “a blind eye” to radicals in the Middle East, ignoring the threat of radical Islam, going to Cairo and “inviting the, quote, Islamic world to the table,” and making the United States more dependent on oil in the Middle East.

The vice president was a target, too. Santorum said that when college students ask for advice on their foreign policy views, he tells them, “Find out what Joe Biden thinks, and then take the opposite of it.”

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