Politico: Barack Obama gets no credit for protecting nation

Wanted to make sure you all saw Roger Simon’s article today noting President Obama’s foreign policy successes. Even though they’ve faded from the front page pretty quickly, it’s a pretty impressive list:

“Obama just won a war. Whether by leading from behind, in front or sideways, the victory by the Libyan rebels in toppling Muammar Qadhafi would have been impossible without U.S. money, more than 5,000 U.S. missions flown, 1,200 airstrikes, 100 Predator strikes, and even B-2 Stealth bomber attacks launched from Missouri. We also had CIA agents on the ground, but we’ll probably never know what they did. America did not act alone — we acted with NATO — but a win is a win, and Obama’s victory did not cost this country a single U.S. life.”

“Then there is the matter of Obama’s fulfilling his campaign promise to pull out of Iraq, ending U.S. involvement in a war launched by a George W. Bush fantasy — that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction — which cost us about $1 trillion (the figure is in dispute), more than 36,000 U.S. troops killed or wounded and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed.”

“While some U.S. troops will be required to defend the gargantuan embassy, President Obama will no longer be stuffing them willy-nilly into the meat grinder of a war that served mainly to remove troops from Afghanistan, where we were trying to destroy Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.”

“Oh, yeah. Almost forgot that one. Obama launched a daring raid into Pakistan to kill bin Laden in May. And let’s not forget the killing of master terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki in September in Yemen with a drone-launched Hellfire missile, or the rescue of an American sea captain from Somali pirates by Navy SEALS in April 2009.”

“Obama has projected an image of strength to the world and has sent a message to terrorists who threaten the United States that they cannot seek safe haven anywhere.”