Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now: Kerry

Senator John Kerry said a Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan foreign policy would be anything but funny.

Updated: Sep 07, 2012, 10:50 AM IST

Charlotte: Seeking to boost the foreign policy and national security credentials of US President Barack Obama amidst a barrage of attack from the opposition Republican camp, a top American Senator has sought to remind Obama`s courage and leadership role in giving orders to kill Osama bin Laden.

Taking a dig at Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, Senator John Kerry, the chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that the former governor of Massachusetts would not have given such an order.

"Obama kept his promises. He promised to end the war in Iraq and he has, and our heroes have come home. He promised to end the war in Afghanistan responsibly, and he is, and our heroes there are coming home," Kerry said addressing the third and final day of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

"He promised to focus like a laser on al Qaeda, and he has, our forces have eliminated more of its leadership in the last three years than in all the eight years that came before.”

"And after more than ten years without justice for thousands of Americans murdered on 9/11, after Mitt Romney said it would be `naive` to go into Pakistan to pursue the terrorists, it took President Obama, against the advice of many, to give that order to finally rid this earth of Osama bin Laden," he said.

"Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago," Kerry said.

Tearing apart the foreign policy of Mitt Romney, Kerry alleged that the Republican presidential candidate is out of touch at home and out of his depth on the foreign policy front.

"Here`s the choice in 2012: Mitt Romney - out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad, and out of the mainstream, or, Barack Obama - a President giving new life and truth to America`s indispensable role in the world, a Commander-in Chief who gives our troops the tools and training they need in war-- the honour and help they`ve earned when they come home," said Kerry, who is said to be a strong potential candidate for the post of Secretary of State in the next Obama Administration.

"So on one side of this campaign, we have a president who has made America lead like America again. What is there on the other side? An extreme and expedient candidate, who lacks the judgment and vision so vital in the Oval Office. The most inexperienced foreign policy twosome to run for president and vice-president in decades," Kerry said.

Kerry said a Romney-Ryan foreign policy would be anything but funny.

"Every president of both parties for 60 years has worked for nuclear arms control, but not Mitt Romney.”

"Republican secretaries of state from Kissinger to Baker, Powell to Rice, president Bush, and 71 United States senators all supported President Obama`s New Start treaty. But not Mitt Romney," he said.

Responding to allegations from the Romney campaign that Obama has not been that friendly with Israel, Kerry said the US President has promised always to stand with Israel-- to tighten sanctions on Iran and take nothing off the table.

"Again and again the other side has lied about where this President stands and what this President has done. But Prime Minister Netanyahu set the record straight when he said, our two countries have "exactly the same policy...Our security cooperation is unprecedented," Kerry said.

"When it comes to Israel, I`ll take the word of Israel`s Prime Minister over Mitt Romney any day," he said.

Kerry said that Obama promised to work with Russia to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and signed an historic treaty that does just that.

"He promised to lock down nuclear materials around the world, and he has done just that. He refused to accept the false choice between force without diplomacy or diplomacy without force.”

"When a brutal dictator promised to kill his own people `like rats`, President Obama enlisted our allies, built the coalition and shared the burden, so that today, without a single American casualty, Muammar al-Gaddafi is gone and the people of Libya are free," he said.