http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/obama-bush-bin-laden-dead_n_856428.html WASHINGTON -- As he announced the death of infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden on Sunday night, President Barack Obama struck an extraordinary contrast with his predecessor, George W. Bush. That was to some degree unavoidable. Bushâs consistent failure to respond appropriately to bin Laden -- as a potential threat, as a fugitive, or as a public enemy no. 1 -- represents one of the greatest shortcomings of his presidency. Obama has now succeeded where Bush failed. And it was impossible to hear Obama declare that "justice has been done" without thinking about how long it went undone. But Obama also went out of his way to draw distinctions between how he approached the problem and how Bush did. For instance, as the months and years went by after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- and Bushâs initial bluster about capturing the al Qaeda leader âdead or aliveâ became a source of embarrassment -- Bush began to insist that bin Laden himself wasnât so very important. "I truly am not that concerned about him," Bush said at a White House press conference on March 13, 2002. And of course the following March, he shifted Americaâs focus to Iraq, which proved to be a gigantic diversion. Obama took a different tack. "Shortly after taking office," the president explained Sunday night, "I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network." Obama's comments on Sunday night were clearly directed not just to the American public but to the world, evoking images of the horror of 9/11 in an effort to dampen any possible al Qaeda propaganda value from bin Ladenâs death. By contrast, the tactics and the rhetoric of Bushâs âwar on terrorâ -- most notably his decision to invade Iraq and the torture of Muslims in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and elsewhere had served as al Qaedaâs most potent recruiting tools.