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Daniels on bin Laden capture, chances of a 2012 run, and why he’s not attending Thursday’s debate

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Indiana Governor and potential 2012 candidate Mitch Daniels weighed in on the capture of Osama bin Laden today on Fox and Friends, giving thanks to the troops, and Presidents Bush and Obama.

Daniels said he felt “immense pride and gratitude for the people who did this, starting with the president – both presidents that had a role.”

He said he thought it was fair to give Bush credit, given that “the capabilities, the special forces, the intelligence involved here were beefed up on his watch.” But, he added, “I think both presidents would be very quick to give primary credit to our military and our intelligence people – folks did the real work.”

Daniels cautioned that bin Laden’s capture should not be “overread.”

“This is a huge moment,” he said, “a symbolic victory. But the struggle is not over and won’t be for a long time.”

Asked whether or not he wanted to run for President, Daniels jokingly declined to announce his plans.

“Would I like to? No. What insane person would like to?” he said.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he continued, but added, “…I’ve agreed at the behest of a lot of people to give it some thought.”

He added that he would not be at the debate. “That’s for people who have made up their mind.”

Daniels has said he would make a decision about entering the race following the end of the Indiana legislative session, which came to a close on Friday. He is spending the earlier part of this week traveling the east coast; he received an award from Columbia business school Monday, will receive an award from the Harbour League in Baltimore on Tuesday, and deliver a speech on education in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

  • Thomas F Milton

    Mary2, you’re correct about how Obama will aggrandize himself by crowing about how he killed bin Laden.

    You’re wrong about bin Laden’s power in the Muslim world. Up until Sunday, he was the sole global superstar of Islamic jihad. His death at the hands of the US military will prove a crushing psychological blow to our enemies in the GWOT. If nanny Obama gets the issue explained to him, he will have published, without any fanfare, one high resolution photo of bin Laden with his brains blown out. The effect will be profound and far-reaching.

  • Thomas F Milton

    Osama bin Laden did the capturing.

    He captured two speeding bullets using only his forehead.

  • Mary2

    Well, Osama’s political usefulness in the global jihad had run out, but he will now be used by Obama.

  • Mary2

    Osama bin Laden was a poster-boy for the global jihad. His father’s construction company funded his activities. The global jihad leaders despised Osama’s playboy ways. If it really was him they took out (let’s hope it was not just a relative double and he or the double will be found climbing out of the well to be the political Mahdi), it does not mean the war is over. It just means Osama’s political usefulness ran out.

    We forget that the global jihad is global and includes all those in power in the “Muslim world.”

  • psaltriparus

    Capture? Since when are two bullets to the head and being dumped in the ocean a “capture”?

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