Burns & Haberman
By Alexander Burns
Dec. 20, 2011
Retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark is taking a fresh turn as a Democratic national security spokesman this afternoon, pushing back on Mitt Romney’s statement that “any president” would have ordered the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
“President Obama made a courageous decision to send in troops to take down Osama bin Laden. The risks were real, and the price of failure would have been acute,” Clark said in a statement sent over by a Democratic official. “It would have been far safer and easier to bomb, but we might never have known for sure whether we got our target — emboldening our enemies. President Obama made the right call. It was the tough call. And our nation is safer today. I would think that all Americans who appreciate presidential responsibilities would understand the gravity of this decision in our current international security environment.”