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Talking Tough on Osama

It's not exactly following him to the gates of Hell, but Sens. Obama and Clinton just gave tough answers to a question on whether they would take advantage of a 20 minute window to kill Osama bin Laden even if civilians would also be killed.

"Osama bin Laden has declared war on us," said Obama. "When you have a military target like Bin laden you take him out."

Clinton noted that "her husband" had tried to kill bin Laden and raised her hand when asked if she would authorize a missile to do the same under the scenario offered above. "If we could do it without a tremednous amount of collateral damage we would do it," said Clinton, adding that such action would be taken knowing the heavy responsibility it takes to make such a decision.

Dennis Kucinich declared that he was opposed to the "politics of assassination" and didn't believe a president should order the killing of bin Laden.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2007; 8:43 PM ET
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Its real simple. Kill Osama, dont kill innocent civilians. Thinking that blowing the arms and legs of innocent people to kill a murderer is okay, makes you either stupid, a hypocrite, or just as bad as Bin Laden. One wouldnt use that philosophy to aprehend a mass murderer in a crowded mall in LA so unless Arabs are considered less human than Americans, I suggest we get our moral stances sorted out.

Posted by: MM | June 5, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Thank God Kucinich is there to at least bring up the point that this is "targeted assassination." The us is becoming another Israel, and Hillary and Obama are still drifting along. Ugh. UBL is a criminal, not a state! The war on terror is a bumper sticker. You would expect this kind of an answer from Hilary, but Obama should know better. Let's hope the Misses straightens him out!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

That is why Kucinich is viewed as useful by the other Democrats--he makes them look centrist. It is an interesting contrast with Paul, who some Republicans want off the stage.

Posted by: DTM | June 3, 2007 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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