A line quickly gaining momentum on the right is that the death of Osama bin Laden redeems the policy of detaining enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay--and the controversial techniques used to interrogate them. Iowa Rep. Steve King, after tweeting that bin Laden would suffer "eternal damnation" thanks to intel from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Gitmo, posted his second response to the terrorist's death: "Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now?"
Democrats are saying Obama deserves credit for "refocusing" American efforts on killing bin Laden, as incoming Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told The Hill's Michael O'Brien. Obama made the terrorist's killing "our highest military and intelligence priority, [and] warrants our gratitude." And on CBS's Early Show, King, too, said Obama deserves "tremendous credit." (Dick Cheney agreed.) But other conservatives are echoing King's tweeted remarks.
Former Donald Rumsfeld echoed that remark--albeit a lot more subtly--on the Today show Monday morning. "We have always been able to kill or capture ... [the issue was] an intelligence problem." And the new intel that led to the raid "very well could have been partly a result of the interviews that took place at Guantanamo," Rumsfeld guessed, according to The Hill's Jordan Fabian.