On Monday, May 07, 2012, I posted an article in the continuing Saving The Republic, Why Barack Obama Must Be Defeated, series. The article focused on Mr. Obama’s craven, narcissistic theft of the credit for the elimination of Osama Bin Laden. Since that article was published, several additional developments have come to light that deserve wider notice, thus this article.
From the Radio Patriot site, former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith has published an open letter to President Obama. By all means, read the entire letter, but here are some excerpts that indicate that Smith thinks little of Mr. Obama’s performance as CIC:
President Barack Hussein Obama – STOP using the Navy SEALS as a campaign ploy. Because with all due respect, (what little I have for you), you do NOT speak for me.
You have a movie about SEALS within the past year trying to identify with me, with the navy SEALS, and with anything that might improve your polling numbers…and yet it is all a sham to hide a weak un-American man desperate to claim the victories of others for his own.
You Sir are trying to take the credit for what the American People have achieved in killing Bin Laden. Your use of the SEALs accomplishment as a campaign slogan is nothing less than despicable. I, as a former Navy SEAL do not accept your taking credit for Osama Bin Laden’s death. The American Military accomplished that feat.
As in my article, Smith lambasts Obama for his constant references to himself, for putting himself at the center of every decision and action leading to the death of Bin Laden. Those familiar with the case will also note that in the MSNBC article/interview of Mr. Obama, he claimed to have been determined to avoid leaks at the last minute, explaining away his golfing as a means of tricking the media by appearing normal. Smith is less than impressed with this explanation:
Yet reliable sources continue to report that not only did you attempt to stop or delay Bin Laden’s demise, you did not even leave the golf course for the situation room until 20 minutes before SEAL Team 6 took out Osama Bin Laden. Even the clothes you wore in the situation room betray this fact. This is a Commander in Chief? A man who takes credit for actions largely taken while he was out golfing?
Smith clearly has Mr. Obama’s number:
The American people are the ones who got Bin Laden… You did Not! We have fought wars and slugged it with Vast Terror Organizations to get to the man you say YOU killed. The United Sates of America has won you a title sir and you have spent the last three years trying to beg, borrow and bow as you GIVE IT ALL AWAY. You just happened to be president of the USA when WE THE PEOPLE got Osama Bin Laden. We do not see you as heroic or stoic, we see you as the guy who let America Go. We got fat and weak and you gave it all away. That is your credit – you bow to foreign leaders and pander to the press. You do not represent me as a Military Man. You do not represent me as a SEAL. You do not represent me as an AMERICAN!
You Sir, are the antithesis of American Exceptionalism. . .You who so easily dismisses America’s greatness and bows to foreigners… YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME. YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE NAVY SEALS. YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE MILITARY MAN AND you SHALL NOT claim as your prize that which you have not earned.
Indeed Mr. Smith. Indeed. I suspect that before long, Mr. Obama and his sycophants will be sorry they ever tried to depict Mr. Obama as a mighty terror warrior. The frayed Obama tapestry of honor and courage is already coming unraveled.
On May 5, 2012, Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit published a brief, but tantalizing article (video available at the link):
General Jack Keane (Retired), the former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, told Mike Huckabee tonight that Barack Obama knew about Osama Bin Laden’s hideout since the summer of 2010. But Barack Obama refused to act for several months. He wanted absolute proof first that Osama was living there. It wasn’t until May of 2011 that he agreed to attack Bin Laden’s compound, almost a year later.
This raises the obvious question about why it took nearly a year to authorize the mission. In his MSNBC interview, Mr. Obama took pains to represent himself as very much concerned about last-minute operational security, yet now we learn that when our intelligence and military assets located Bin Laden, Mr. Obama dithered for nearly a year. In his interview with Huckabee, General Keene explained why Mr. Obama hesitated:
They actually wanted a photo; they actually wanted to see him.
General Keene also explained that very few people actually knew the facts—information was properly on a need-to-know basis—but even that small cadre were very frustrated by Mr. Obama’s indecision:
The people that were close to it wanted to get after it because they realized the target could be compromised.
General Keene explained that the longer people like Bin Laden are under surveillance, the more likely they’ll become paranoid and flee. There can be no doubt Mr. Obama was told this, yet he dithered and prevented direct action for nearly a year.
Keep in mind the significance of General Keene’s statements. While on active duty, no member of the military may in any way criticize the Commander in Chief. However, once retired, so long as they do not reveal classified information, they are free to speak their minds.
On May 4, 2012, Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox special on Mr. Obama’s politicization of the Bin Laden takedown. AG Mukasey spoke of the CYA memo to Admiral McRaven that would have allowed Mr. Obama to blame the Admiral if the mission failed.
He also alluded to revelations to come that might be very damaging to Mr. Obama:
I think there’s going to be more that’s going to be tumbling out about that escapade but so far that memo is enough.
In a Wall Street Journal article titled Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights. It’s hard to imagine Lincoln or Eisenhower claiming such credit for the heroic actions of others earlier the same week, Mukasey engaged in considerable understatement:
The first anniversary of the SEAL Team 6 operation that killed Osama bin Laden brings the news that President Obama plans during the coming campaign to exploit the bragging rights to the achievement. That plan invites scrutiny that is unlikely to benefit him.
Interesting, is it not, that the truth virtually never portrays Mr. Obama in a noble, honorable light. Cynically planning to throw Admiral McRaven under the bus was not the only concern of our leader from behind:
Moreover, the president does not seem to have addressed at all the possibility of seizing material with intelligence value—which may explain his disclosure immediately following the event not only that bin Laden was killed, but also that a valuable trove of intelligence had been seized, including even the location of al Qaeda safe-houses. That disclosure infuriated the intelligence community because it squandered the opportunity to exploit the intelligence that was the subject of the boast.
AG Mukasey explained that even successful missions deplete our intelligence reservoir, a reservoir that is an absolutely indispensable tool in a war on terror that continues regardless of whether the POTUS bothers himself about it. It was only on May 07, for example, that news of a CIA-intercepted underwear bombing plot was made public. Mukasey explained the importance of actionable intelligence (and of Mr. Obama’s apparent interest in not gathering it):
Refilling that reservoir apparently is of no importance to an administration that, after an order signed by the president on his second day in office, has no classified interrogation program—and whose priorities are apparent from its swift decision to reopen investigations of CIA operators for alleged abuses in connection with the classified interrogation program that once did exist.
AG Mukasey provided valuable insight about the character of President Bush, the man Mr. Obama blames for his own failings:
…George W. Bush, also had occasion during his presidency to announce to the nation a triumph of intelligence: the capture of Saddam Hussein. He called that success ‘a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq.’ He attributed it to ‘the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers. . . . Their work continues, and so do the risks.’
Notice that unlike Mr. Obama’s constant references to himself (catalogued in my May 07 article), Mr. Bush was considerably more dignified and humble:
He did mention himself at the end: ‘Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them.’
AG Mukasey’s article was entirely on target when he wrote of genuine American leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower who, at times and in circumstances far more momentous, lived the sentiment embodied by the sign on Harry Truman’s desk: “The Buck Stops Here.” His accurate rendering of history—as with his entire article—must be read. He ended by honoring Lincoln and Eisenhower, and putting Mr. Obama in the proper context:
Such examples are worth remembering every time President Obama claims bin Laden bragging rights.
Even in the faux-heroic White House version of events, contradictions and improbable explanations abound. Mr. Obama was supposedly very concerned about operational security, yet when the principles were gathered for his go order, he decided to sleep on it.
This was a mission painstakingly planned for months and exhaustively rehearsed. On the other side of the world, our strike assets waited for the word, ready to jump off. Mr. Obama himself told NBC that speed was of the essence as bad weather was imminent. Yet he delayed the mission by a day. The only possible explanation is that he was actually considering scrubbing the mission. The President of the United States was actually seriously considering preventing our military from taking out Obama Bin Laden.
The next day, Mr. Obama’s manner of giving the authorization for the mission has been described as particularly bold and determined, yet by that time, the forecast bad weather had caught up, and Mr. Obama’s dithering set the mission back two full days, and this was the manly, White House approved, heroic version of Mr. Obama’s exploits.
Add what we now know. Mr. Obama didn’t dither for a day; he dithered for nearly a year. If he was worried about mere days allowing the escape of Bin Laden, how can he possibly spin delaying for nearly a year?
No doubt Mr. Obama and his supporters will claim they couldn’t act without being absolutely certain Bin Laden was present. This is nonsense. From what is publically known, there would have been no reason why a raid could not have been done earlier. Mr. Obama was told that Bin Laden’s personal courier, the only person he used to communicate with the outside world, was visiting the compound. They knew the man they were watching was unusually tall for that part of the world. Even if Bin Laden was not present, any raid could almost certainly yield a treasure trove of intelligence like that found on the 2011 raid—and promptly rendered virtually useless by Mr. Obama’s self-aggrandizement and bragging.
Considering Mr. Obama’s treatment of our allies, considering his fawning toward Islamists, including our most deadly declared enemies, considering his constant public support for and preference toward Islam and Muslims, one might be forgiven for suspecting that Mr. Obama really did not want to capture, or even kill, Bin Laden. As with everything he has done in his life, his first consideration had to be how the raid, regardless of outcome, would affect him and his political viability.
Is it possible to imagine George W. Bush, being given the information Mr. Obama was given during the summer of 2010, dithering for a year before grudgingly allowing our military to do what Americans would expect? Of course not, yet that’s precisely what Mr. Obama did.
It will be interesting indeed to discover more about this, and to learn more about the cipher elected president in 2008, a man about whom much remains hidden, except, that is, the fact that he does not have the best interests of America, a country he considers no more exceptional than any other, at heart. We are far from knowing the whole truth about this matter.