Jim Geraghty caught this bit of Obama nonsense from an interview he did with CBS:
Logan: Because you do have a situation seven years on into this war where Osama bin Laden and all his lieutenants and all the leaders of the Taliban, they’re still there. And they’re inside Pakistan.
Obama: Right. It’s a huge problem. And first of all, if we hadn’t taken our eye off the ball, we might have caught them before they got into Pakistan and were able to reconstitute themselves.
Apparently Obama’s been using the old “eye off the ball” trope a lot lately. Unfortunately (for him), it’s complete caca. The invasion of Iraq began in March 2003. Geraghty notes:
We don’t know precisely when Osama bin Laden entered Pakistan, but it is generally believed that he escaped Tora Bora and crossed the border sometime in late November or the beginning of December 2001.
Somehow the U.S. took its collective eyes off the ball to prevent an event that occurred in December 2001 by sending troops to another country starting in March 2002 for an invasion that began in 2003.
More of the interview at The Campaign Spot.