Asked about a new web video released by a group of former U.S. Special Forces operatives and national security officers that accuses President Obama of taking undue credit for the death of Osama bin Laden and leaking intelligence information, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser Kevin Madden said the ad raises an important issue in questioning the president’s role in shaping the strategy that led to bin Laden’s capture and death last year.
“I think it makes an important point, actually, about whether or not some of the national security decisions that the president made were actually helped by some of the policies that were put in place before he was there,” Madden said on “This Week.”
Madden went on to say that the Romney Campaign “is focused on making the arguments about national security leaks, about how that would hurt our national security posture.”
“That’s where our campaign is focused, and those are the kind of arguments that we’re going to continue to contrast with the Obama campaign,” Madden said.
The 22-minute long web video, created by the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, builds the case that the president has wrongfully used the death of Osama bin Laden as a campaign tool and that the administration has endangered national security leaking intelligence information related to his killing.
“Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden. America did. The work that the America military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not,” says one man identified as a Navy SEAL in the video, titled “Dishonorable Disclosures.”
OPSEC describes itself as a non-partisan group, though its attack is targeted specifically at the Obama administration. The group’s mission statement, as posted on its website, is to “Stop the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!”