Video: Obama salutes the special ops team who killed Bin Laden

posted at 6:49 pm on May 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

There’s no video of the actual meeting, of course, just the speech afterward to troops at Fort Campbell. Here’s as much as we’ll ever know:

The president and Vice President Joe Biden visited with team members at Fort Campbell, home to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which participated in the raid.

During the briefing, Obama and Biden were shown maps, photos and a scale model of the compound, a senior official told NBC News.

One team member noted that a dog was part of the assault team and would be present at a later meeting, the source said. “I recommend you bring treats,” the team member joked.

He awarded them the Presidential Unit Citation for “extraordinary service and achievement,” the highest honor that a unit can receive. I dearly hope they’re allowed to tell (some parts of) their story someday, not only because I’m dying to know the look on Bin Laden’s face at the end but because it’d be sweet to have these guys set up for a luxe retirement. Imagine the sales from a jointly authored book, followed inevitably by an epic movie. If you thought “Black Hawk Down” was good, just wait until “Gutsy Call” hits the screen.

The One took care here to frame Bin Laden’s killing as a step towards ultimate victory in Afghanistan, a message the White House has been pushing all week. The thinking is that, with Bin Laden gone, there’s less jihadi glue binding Mullah Omar to Al Qaeda and therefore more of a chance of a peace deal with the Taliban. It’s true that the two groups aren’t perfectly in sync — read this AP piece for background on how AQ’s Arab sophisticates regard the Taliban as the jihadi equivalent of hillbillies — but incentives remain for Omar to keep the war going:

“If the Taliban stays with Al Qaeda there are a lot of incentives,” says Sami Yousafzai, an independent analyst in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. “If they say ‘OK, we’re not going to support Al Qaeda,’ that might have an impact on their financial sources from the Middle East.”

During the past few years, many Arabs opposed to the West have come to see Afghans, especially Pashtuns as like-minded allies.

“The Taliban are very much concerned about the general public opinion,” says Hamid Mir, a Pakistani journalist and independent analyst. “Some of them say that ‘We cannot give an impression to the Afghan or Pashtun masses that we are making any deals with the United States or that we are under pressure.’ They are sure that in three or four years they will defeat the United States.”

Further in this vein, I recommend this old-but-gold piece by Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn on why the Taliban/Al Qaeda love affair will never truly end. Some commentators are already calling on Obama to bypass Zawahiri and make Omar the next bullseye, but the White House won’t do that until they have a sense of whether killing Bin Laden might have affected his thinking on Afghanistan. If it hasn’t, then presumably he’s next in line for a date with the SEALs. Given what we know now, I advise starting the search in the basement of the presidential palace in Islamabad.

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Del Dolemonte on May 6, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Well done. Great synopsis.

hawkdriver on May 6, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Chump Threads is no idiot troller, but much more dangerous-an educated Leftist intelligent enough to make people believe cherry-picked info.

Let’s not forget that in 2008, O’bama set a new alltime record by winning 70% of the high school dropout vote. No other candidate in US history had come within 10% or so of that ever before.

And one of the reasons was cherry picked information. The Democrat media never properly vetted the guy. And while they actually went to court to get George Bush’s service records, they never went to court to find out O’bama’s college grades,even though he set a precedent by being the only “Editor” of the Harvard Law Review who never wrote an article for that publication.

Del Dolemonte on May 6, 2011 at 10:45 PM

I wish the President would learn rule number two: “Don’t talk about fight club.” You don’t talk about JSOC units. (You may ask what rule number one is. It’s simply this: it’s okay to screw up, so long as you look cool doing it.)

Send_Me on May 6, 2011 at 11:14 PM

LOL. This part of the NYT Narrative conveniently omits why Grenier was not in charge of that unit after February. Because he was fired by the CIA Director that very month.

PS…I forgot to mention why Grenier was fired by the CIA. Because he claimed that waterboarding didn’t work.

Del Dolemonte on May 6, 2011 at 11:39 PM


Who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not. We haven’t heard from him in a long time. The idea of focusing on one person really indicates to me people don’t understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. He’s just a person who’s been marginaliz­ed…. I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.


My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him. But if we have so tightened the noose that he’s in a cave somewhere and can’t even communicat­e with his operatives­, then we will meet our goal of protecting America.


unclesmrgol on May 7, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Very interesting photos and stories about these dogs that assist our armed services. They are most loyal and well-trained support.

onlineanalyst on May 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Thank you for that link… The Pfc. Colton Rusk story in that story literally brought me to tears. His dog went right to his mother…

Pfc. Rusk was injured by sniper fire, his dog lay across his body protecting him, attacking anyone who tried to approach, including other marines …. Rusk died as a result of his injuries. His Dog was retired and adopted by his family…

NextGen on May 7, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Where is the outrage from the hardline left? Obama has continued every Bush policy that he claimed he wouldn’t. I would like for him to apologize to former President Bush.

SC.Charlie on May 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

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