The Washington Times - February 11, 2012, 11:34AM

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says President Obama deserves little credit for the military operation that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying it was a “success 20 years in the making.”

“Basically what Obama did was get out of the way,” said Mr. Bolton Saturday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. “It was a decision that 99.99 percent of the American people would agree with. That does not equal a foreign policy.”


Mr. Bolton, who represented the U.N. in 2005 and 2006 during the administration of President George W. Bush, accused Mr. Obama of neglecting foreign policy issues and encouraged a CPAC audience to “replace the Obama policy of drift, decline and defeatism with a Reaganite foreign policy.”

“Barack Obama brought us to the brink of an Iranian nuclear weapons capability, dangerous proliferation worldwide, dramatic insecurity and instability in the Middle East and growing threats to Israel and paralyzing reductions in our defense and intelligence budgets,” he said.