Gutsy call?

posted at 11:01 am on April 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration and his re-election campaign will spend today and the rest of the week reminding everyone that Barack Obama is the President who killed Osama bin Laden.  And that’s certainly true; it was a year ago this week that US special forces stormed bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and shot the al-Qaeda leader to death, and also captured a trove of intelligence.  If the Obama campaign sticks to just those facts, they’ll stay on solid ground, although it’s still a big question as to whether anyone will cast a vote based on that singular event.

The ball-spiking got off to a bad start, though, when the Obama campaign claimed that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have the killer instinct to make that kind of a call — a weird claim in and of itself.  Team Obama has already painted Romney as a heartless executive who didn’t hesitate to fire people and, er, execute poorly-performing companies as a Bain executive.  What exactly would keep Romney from taking a risk with a terrorist mastermind in his crosshairs?  The attack was an overreach, and an opening for critics to challenge Obama’s actual role in the mission — and when Time Magazine published the mission orders from Leon Panetta to Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of US Special Operations Command, Big Peace pounced:

The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.

The memo is crystal clear on that point. It says that the decision has been made based solely on the “risk profile presented to the President.” If any other risks – no matter how minute – arose, they were “to be brought back to the President for his consideration.” This is ludicrous. It is wiggle room. It was Obama’s way of carving out space for himself in case the mission went bad. If it did, he’d say that there were additional risks of which he hadn’t been informed; he’d been kept in the dark by his military leaders.

Finally, the memo is unclear on just what the mission is. Was it to capture Bin Laden or to kill him? The White House itself was unable to decide what the mission was in the hours after the Bin Laden kill, and actually switched its language. The memo shows why: McRaven was instructed to “get” Bin Laden, whatever that meant.

President Obama made the right call to give the green light to the mission. But he did it in a way that he could shift the blame if things went wrong. Typical Obama. And typical of him to claim full credit for it, when he didn’t do anything but give a vague nod, while putting his top military officials at risk of taking the hit in case of a bad turn.

Here’s the memo that conveyed the green light:

Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault. The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.

I think that the interpretation from Big Peace is perhaps a little overblown, too.  The decision to assault the compound was based on the risk profile from Panetta and McRaven.  A risk profile would normally cover a range of possibilities, along with the countermeasures the military planned to negate or minimize them.  If that changed, then any President would want to make sure that the decision got some reconsideration, especially since the mission involved invading a nominal ally and conducting a military operation just a couple of miles from one of their premier military academies.  If there were no changes, then McRaven needed to have the authority to determine timing and hold operational control of the mission.  McRaven couldn’t consult Obama and his team on constantly-shifting but manageable conditions on a moment-to-moment basis if anyone expected the raid to succeed.  That’s not a setup for a patsy; it’s operational reality.

Besides, if the mission had gone badly, Obama couldn’t have escaped the failure, even if this was some sort of attempt to make McRaven a fall guy.  Ask Jimmy Carter how well that worked with Operation Eagle Claw in April 1980, 32 years ago, almost to the day, or for that matter, George W. Bush about Tora Bora, an incident used by Obama in the 2008 election.  Biden was right that a big failure at Abbottabad would have had big negative consequences for Obama.

On the other hand, had Obama not made the call to conduct this mission and missed his chance at bin Laden, that would also have had large negative consequences for Obama, had that refusal gotten out, and arguably larger than a failed attempt would bring.  I don’t want to take away from the difficult circumstances of this decision — the aftermath of the successful mission with Pakistan shows the dangerous context of that call — but in the end, very few American Presidents would have passed up the opportunity to “get” bin Laden in this precise set of circumstances, whatever “get” meant.  It was the right call, but I don’t think it was as “gutsy” as the White House wants to portray it, nor do I think that these operational orders show an attempt to hide from the consequences of failure.

Obama’s order produced a successful result and America finally brought justice to Osama bin Laden.  He’s entitled to claim credit for that decision in his re-election effort, but let’s not make it more — or less — than the American victory that it represented.


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He was dragged off the golf course

Still in his golf shoes during the photo op

Panetta issued the order

Gutsy call? My fat Aunt Harriet.

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I’ll post this comment every day this week if necessary in response to this Obloated hype:

The only reason Obraggart made the call to get rid of Bin Laden is bcuz to the Hot-shot-in-his-dreams-in-Chief there ain’t enuff room on this planet for da’ both a’ dem–since Osama was encroaching on Bammie’s territory he had to go cuz if anyone is gonna be terrorizing the American people it’s gonna be Odespicable himself & nobody else.

stukinIL4now on April 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Besides, if the mission had gone badly, Obama couldn’t have escaped the failure, even if this was some sort of attempt to make McRaven a fall guy.

I don’t think that’s really the issue though. Obama thought he could use that guy as the fall guy if things went sour, so he did what he did. I mean this is a President who thought he could score points by saying Romney wouldn’t make the same call, we’re not talking moderate or left-leaning here we’re talking full blown crazy partisanship.

And really in the end, was that assumption he could throw the guy under the bus if things went sour really so far-fetched? How many scandals have hardly come up or tarnished this Administration after a few key speedbumps for his bus were created? He’s gotten away with a lot… who is to say he wouldn’t have gotten away with a sour bin Laden mission too if it had come to that?

Ukiah on April 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Biden was right that a big failure at Abbottabad would have had big negative consequences for Obama.

I don’t know about that. The American people are pretty familiar at this point with how even the best laid plans have a tendency towards going south, some times with deadly consequences for our people. It wouldn’t have been good for Obama, but the idea it would have been a devastating PR disaster is a bit of an overreach. I think a lot of people would probably said “What choice did he have? He had to act. You can’t ignore an opportunity like that.”

Not saying there wouldn’t have been finger-pointing and accusations, but I suspect it would not have been politically fatal. I think more or less everyone accepts that you have to take an opportunity like that.

Honestly, this kind of call is really a no-brainer, and if Obama’s people keep pushing this too hard as an example of his awesome decisiveness, he might start turning into a joke (ok, ok, more of a joke).

RINO in Name Only on April 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I mean this is a President who thought he could score points by saying Romney wouldn’t make the same call, we’re not talking moderate or left-leaning here we’re talking full blown crazy partisanship

It’s not a very strong argument from Obama. The real point is Obama’s high-level decision to make capturing bin Laden a military priority. It was only during the last campaign cycle when Romney said that capturing or killing bin Laden didn’t deserve significant focus.

bayam on April 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

So I guess the “gutsy” part was he went against the advice of Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton? Well I guess I can see that, not the Joe Biden part, but certainly the Hillary Clinton “advise”. After all, I’m not sure that’s even territory where Bill would openly tread.

lonestarleeroy on April 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Honestly, this kind of call is really a no-brainer, and if Obama’s people keep pushing this too hard as an example of his awesome decisiveness, he might start turning into a joke (ok, ok, more of a joke).

RINO in Name Only on April 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

There was an absolutely hallucinogenic op-ed in the NY Times today, called “President O’bama, Warrior in Chief”.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/president-obama-warrior-in-chief.html?src=recg

Excerpt:

The president who won the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months after his inauguration has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades.

-snip-

Nothing dramatizes Mr. Obama’s willingness to use hard power so well as his decision to send Navy SEAL Team 6 to Abbottabad, to take out Bin Laden. Had this risky operation failed, it would most likely have severely damaged Mr. Obama’s presidency — and legacy.

-snip-

What accounts for the strange, persistent cognitive dissonance about this president and his relation to military force? Does it stem from the campaign in which Mrs. Clinton repeatedly critiqued Mr. Obama for his stated willingness to negotiate with Iran and Cuba? Or is it because he can never quite shake the deliberative tone and mien of the constitutional law professor that he once was? Or because of his early opposition to the Iraq war? Whatever the causes, the president has embraced SEAL Team 6 rather than Code Pink, yet many continue to see him as the negotiator in chief rather than the warrior in chief that he actually is.

And some of the Comments are just as hilarious:

The US often gets what it deserves: a president with little ability that’s simply a hood ornament for their political party. Obama is different. The author stated that he was more “Theodore Roosevelt.” As usual, Americans don’t seem to grasp greatness when they see it.

By focusing narrowly, almost legalistically, on the term ‘military force’, Peter Bergen has missed the most important legacy and achievement of Mr. Obama.

Stated briefly, Obama has put the US once again on the right side of history.

Liberals opposed previous American wars, from Vietnam to Iraq, not just because they were wars, but because they were wrong. They placed the US on the side of corrupt dictators, often agaist their own people, they showed America as an arrogant bully – and they inflicted horrific casualties.

Mr. Obama’s policies have not been perfect, but he had clearly given more weight to human rights and morals – and done less kowtowing to corrupt dictators – than his Republican predecessors have. He has conducted a foreign policy of quiet achievement rather than vain posturing. For that he deserves credit.

And finally this fun:

They gave him the Nobel prize because they believed his rhetoric in the campaign. They saw a window in him, a chance to bring about real peace. I don’t feel so bad, because he fooled them too. He let all of us down. The guy talks a good game, he’s as handsome as they come, but when push comes to shove, he is not the kind of leader I bought into. I am bitterly disappointed, but there is clearly no other option.

I will not expect him to be any different, nor will I contribute again. All he gets is my vote.

Said it before, but it bears repeating-minds are terrible things to waste.

Del Dolemonte on April 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I think most average Americans could have made the decision, and probably faster.

I’m a middle-aged female, rather shy, nobody’s lining up at my door to make me President, and I could have done it. In a heartbeat.

Do you give the store clerk credit for counting out your change correctly? Yes, but not much, because it’s not hard, and it’s part of the job. So I’ll give Ø credit for doing it. Gutsy? No.

jodetoad on April 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- anyone who believes Obama ordered the Bin Laden op is too naive to be walking around unsupervised. The minute I heard about his news conference following the event – “I I I – Me me me” ad nauseum I knew this is what happened: Panetta and Gates saw an opportunity and went to O and told him “this is what we’re doing
- sit down and shut up and if it goes well you get the glory.. If not , we’ll take the fall”. That is the ONLY scenario that fits O’s personality.

Turn MD Red on April 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM

So;

Bush drew up the pland, cleared the land, laid the foundation, built the frame, wired and plummed the structure, added the sheetrock, insulated the walls, added the roof and the siding, paints the siding, then Obama paints the trim and gets total credit for the structure?

That about sume it up?

jaydee_007 on April 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Personally I think the Jokester had it right when discussing the Somali Pirates.

The Navy Seals had the pirates in their sights but no presidential authority to proceed.

The Ships captain called the White House.

The phone in the White House rings at 3:00 am.

The Captain tells the president the situation and asks permission to move forward.

Obama says, “Shoot; do you know what time it is here, I’m going back to bed.”

The Captain tells the seals, “The president said shoot.”

jaydee_007 on April 29, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I don’t buy the claim that if the mission had failed, Obama wouldn’t be able to escape blame. Had the mission failed, we’d never had heard anything of it. Just another story of some of our men dying in a “helicopter accident” or something at most.

Gingotts on April 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

The real point is Obama’s high-level decision to make capturing bin Laden a military priority.

bayam on April 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Problem is, right after bin Laden was taken out, O’bama said to C-BS’s Steve Kroft in an interview:

“You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies. We don’t need to spike the football.”

He’s obviously An Unusually Good Liar. Because that is exactly what he and Biden are doing right now.

I suppose if they had any other type of “record” to run on, they would. But they do not, and they know it.

Del Dolemonte on April 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM

This whole drama reminds me of when my boy took his first dump on the big boy seat. Ooooh! Ahhh! Good boy! Way to go!

……..

This is no different considering the FACT of the matter is that this op were coordinated, planned and executed by a First Class Military who just happens to (regretably) report to what’s-its-face Peezy of the United Steezy.

/Pass me a barf bag.

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Excuse the grammar, please. I am 2 Margarita’s over the limit.

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Bush drew up the pland, cleared the land, laid the foundation, built the frame, wired and plummed the structure, added the sheetrock, insulated the walls, added the roof and the siding, paints the siding, then Obama paints the trim and gets total credit for the structure?

That about sume it up?

jaydee_007 on April 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Yup. He’s the “finisher”. Like the flamboyant flamer that comes and puts the finishing touch on a big ham sandwich by placing a frilly toothpick atop it.

We all know the type. Keep marching and keep laughing because honestly? This really is the WTF time of our lives.

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Stray Cat on April 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Yeah, that was ‘shopped as well. I’m a detail freak.

BKeyser on April 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

#Things Obama Killed:
http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/04/28/a-killer-among-us-thingsobamakilled/

onlineanalyst on April 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

#Things Obama Killed:
http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/04/28/a-killer-among-us-thingsobamakilled/

onlineanalyst on April 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

They left off Fido.

RINO in Name Only on April 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Where’s Zawahiri? After Saddam, Uday, Qusay, and Zarqawi’s demise, Dems panicked and said (Bush) getting Osama didn’t matter much, so their trying to milk Obama getting him is weak sauce, at best.

Again, where’s Dr. Z?

Christien on April 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Again, where’s Dr. Z?

Christien on April 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

At the rate things are going out in Egypt, after that Cairo speech and that whole “Arab Spring” thing…Dr. Z. will probably end up as president of Egypt…to be retitled Grand Sultan of Cairo in short order.

coldwarrior on April 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

It’s unthinkable that any President, except Obama and Clinton before him, wouldn’t kill Osama if given the opportunity.

It’s ironic that they put Clinton up to do this pathetic ad.

Ronmney would have killed him sooner and with no boasting.

Basilsbest on April 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

The Obama administration and his re-election campaign will spend today and the rest of the week reminding everyone that Barack Obama is the President who killed Osama bin Laden.

I’m sorry but Barak Obama is the guy who gave SEAL Team Six the authorization to kill Osama Bin Laden. I’m sick and tired of this coward strutting around making the claim that he made the kill shot.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Barry bamstahhh !!!!! you da mannnn bammy baby !!! love ya barry ol buddy ol pal !! yahhh!!!!!!.

galtani on 12 AM

cableguy615 on April 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Is giving someone else the authority to issue a “kill order” the same as giving that order yourself – nah, I don’t think so! He is very adept at putting others in the way of failure while leaving himself open for the chance of success. He is a loser, first last and always!!!

rgranger on April 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Bush drew up the plan, cleared the land, laid the foundation, built the frame, wired and plumbed the structure, added the sheetrock, insulated the walls, added the roof and the siding, paints the siding, then Obama paints the trim and gets total credit for the structure?

That about sume it up?

jaydee_007 on April 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

No it does not. Obama is the guy who hired somebody to paint the trim while he put the numbers on the mailbox out front.

The fact of the matter is that Obama had very little to do with this “kill” even though he is demanding full credit, as if this is a legitimate reason to give him a second term. Obama doesn’t trust the military. He condemned the tactics that got the information that made the kill possible. He was on the golf course until 20 minutes prior to the operation because he wanted plausible deniability if anything went wrong. He is the worst kind of coward. He is a coward that struts around as if it was he that made the kill shot.

I’d make a Barney Fife reference but this is far too reprehensible
to do that.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Ya know, a real gutsy call would be for Obama to direct Eric Holder to walk up to Capitol Hill and fully answer any and all questions honestly and fully when asked by any Congressional committee regarding everything from Fast and Furious to why the underpants bomber was immediately Mirandized and why that gaggle of Russian spies was arrested and deported within the same week, among other DoJ plans, programs and stupid moves that took place all under Obama/Holder’s watch.

No equivocating. No nuance. Straight answers.

Now, that would be gutsy.

coldwarrior on April 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

A potted plant would have given the order to kill bin laden.

V7_Sport on April 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The spiking of the football is just unseemly, and just more Obama idolatry at work. I give him credit for giving the OK, but just about anyone sitting in that chair (or wearing those golf shoes) would’ve done the exact same thing. Including, of course, Mitt Romney…any suggestion otherwise is shameless. He got lucky that the right circumstances came together when he was in office, nothing more. The true credit goes to that SEAL team and to our military.

changer1701 on April 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Personally I think the Jokester had it right when discussing the Somali Pirates.

The Navy Seals had the pirates in their sights but no presidential authority to proceed.

The Ships captain called the White House.

The phone in the White House rings at 3:00 am.

The Captain tells the president the situation and asks permission to move forward.

Obama says, “Shoot; do you know what time it is here, I’m going back to bed.”

The Captain tells the seals, “The president said shoot.”

jaydee_007 on April 29, 2012 at 6:23 PM

You give the Benchwarmer too much credit.

It was Nicholas Sarkozy who stood up to the Somali pirates first.

What American President could allow his SEALS to be outclassed by the semi-successful French commandos the weekend before Obama “gave his order to shoot”? If Sarkozy hadn’t stood up to the pirates, Americans would be paying ransom on our people and oil tankers to this day.

rwenger43 on April 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I’m all for giving the man credit on this. The buck stops with him and ultimately, he made the decision to take out bin Laden. I’m also fine with him using this success as an argument for a second term. In my mind, it gives him about 1 point on a 10 point scale so that puts him up to a solid -27.

But to make the claim that Romney would not have done it is… unconvincing.

NukeRidingCowboy on April 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

The Black Knight Commander Dog-breath always triumphs !!!

viking01 on April 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Commander Dog-breath always triumphs !!!

viking01 on April 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, is hiring body guards.

coldwarrior on April 29, 2012 at 9:25 PM

#Things Obama Killed:
http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/04/28/a-killer-among-us-thingsobamakilled/

onlineanalyst on April 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

A commenter on that link had a very good point. Obama taking credit for killing Osama is like Nixon taking credit for the moon landing. As I think back on that event, even while it was going on the MSM was lauding John F Kennedy for his vision in setting up the lunar landing plan. Others who also lived through that time are free to enlighten me, but it sure seems that all credit was being given to Kennedy and Nixon just congratulated the astronauts and NASA.

AZfederalist on April 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

The real point is Obama’s high-level decision to make capturing bin Laden a military priority.

bayam on April 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Brayam can always be counted on to carry the water for Obama.

CW on April 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

The real point is Obama’s high-level decision to make capturing bin Laden a military priority.

bayam on April 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Guess The O blew that one too…not quite a capture, was it?

coldwarrior on April 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

the weekend before Obama “gave his order to shoot”

rwenger43 on April 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Sorry. Sarkozy’s commandos set the operational standard several months before Obama took office, not the weekend before BHO developed his me-too backbone.

rwenger43 on April 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Brayam can always be counted on to carry the water for Obama.

CW on April 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I thought that was Zero’s pi$$ in Bayam’s bucket ?

viking01 on April 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Unless we count his vote on partial-brith abortion as gutzy, Obama has never made a gutzy call in his life, he always votes ‘present’. My Congressman could have made this call corectly, and he is a dolt.

steveracer on April 30, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Yeah right. Leon Panetta made a gutsy call retrieving Obama from the gold course to watch the kill that Panetta planned.

zoyclem on April 30, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Oops GOLD = GOLF

zoyclem on April 30, 2012 at 6:52 AM

There was no down side if the mission went bad because the MFM wouldn’t report it, or the administration would just say it was a training accident or something like the Chinook downing that killed all of the Osama killing team. So, to me, not so gutsy knowing the MFM is in your pocket.

Schwalbe Me-262 on April 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

And here I thought that I had heard that “spike-the-football touchdown dances” were out of the question for a mission of such grave national import. Color me shocked…

ya2daup on April 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Yeah, except, obama had nothing to do with it – although he did cut his golf day short by a couple of hours so that he could take credit.

Pork-Chop on April 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Ed, are you unaware of the story that Larry Johnson of NoQuarterUSA posted at the time (he was also on John Batchelor’s show discussing it), namely that The Puppet President’s handler Valerie Jarrett wouldn’t let him give the OK for the raid in Pakistan, until finally Leon Panetta and Hilary Clinton overrode her?

“Want To Know Who Really Ordered The Mission Against Bin Laden? It Wasn’t Obama…”
http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/59197/want-to-know-who-really-ordered-the-mission-against-bin-laden-it-wasnt-obama/

“Obama Coerced into Going After Bin Laden”
http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/59173/obama-coereced-into-going-after-bin-laden/

Sounds plausible to me.

MrLynn on April 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Bush drew up the pland, cleared the land, laid the foundation, built the frame, wired and plummed the structure, added the sheetrock, insulated the walls, added the roof and the siding, paints the siding, then Obama paints the trim and gets total credit for the structure?

That about sume it up?

jaydee_007 on April 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I wouldn’t go so far as to say he painted the trim-more like cut the ribbon at the opening ceremonies. Painting the trim would require actual effort.

A potted plant would have given the order to kill bin laden.

V7_Sport on April 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I’d like to see someone survey a class of special needs children-at the level that understand who Osama bin laden was- and ask what they would do if they were president and the military told them they knew where Osama was. My guess is they would all say something like “Get him” and they wouldn’t take 16 hours to make the call. But that’s just a guess. Maybe Obama really is more competent than a special needs child, despite all evidence to date.

talkingpoints on April 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Do any of you really think that the world’s greatest military
did not know where Osama was for 8 years?

Amjean on April 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

You know what a gutsy call would have been? After killing Bin Laden, don’t go around bragging about the treasure trove of intel was retrieved, you know, before any of it could be used.

Schwalbe Me-262 on April 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

“….even if this was some sort of attempt to make McRaven a fall guy….”
POSTED AT 11:01 AM ON APRIL 29, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY

Seriously, Ed…are you nuts?
Leave the absurd batsh*t interpretations on memos to the squealers over at Breitbart.
Go down this road and I guess we can look forward to some birth cert analysis from you.

verbaluce on April 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I gather that Obama was dragged kicking and screaming into making this call but now he is playing the big hero. As far as I am concerned Osama was totally irrelevant at this point in time and we risked a SEAL team for not much.

duff65 on April 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Bush ‘called off special forces attack on al-Qa’eda’
By Toby Harnden in Washington
3:30PM BST 09 Jul 2007
A military operation to capture senior al-Qa’eda leaders in Pakistan was abandoned at the 11th hour because of concerns that it could undermine diplomatic relations, it was claimed yesterday.

Details of the planned strike in early 2005 emerged for the first time yesterday in The New York Times, which said the cancellation may have allowed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy, to escape.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1556943/Bush-called-off-special-forces-attack-on-al-Qaeda.html

Leading from behind

plewis on April 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

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