U.S. President Barack Obama has rejected accusations from Republican presidential aspirants suggesting that his foreign policy is timid and amounts to "appeasement" of America's foes by saying they should "ask Osama bin Laden."
Bin Laden, leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group, was killed by U.S. commandos who raided his hideout in Pakistan in May in a daring operation ordered by Obama.
Questioned about the Republican barbs on December 8 in Washington, Obama told reporters, "Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top Al-Qaeda leaders who've been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement."
Republicans have been stepping up political attacks on Obama as they prepare for their nomination process to begin in earnest in January ahead of the November 2012 election.
compiled from agency reports