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Obama Cancels Osama Raid Three Times?

30 July 2012 @ 10:24

The Interwebs are all a-buzz this morning with this story* by David Martosko over at The Daily Caller [tip of the fedora to Memeorandum]:

At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.

In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the “kill” mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time, according to the book.

Miniter, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, cites an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.

Navy man Smitty cautions us on believing such sources:

Military guys talk a lot of trash (e.g. this post title). Authors like a juicy tidbit to sell books. Maybe it went down like that; maybe it didn’t. Perhaps if the finger pointer was willing to go on record by name, and not point a fickle finger via an author, I might ascribe more weight to it.

Good point. I would feel better if Mr. Miniter had at least more than one source.

Although it must be said that Obama’s actions as described fit his M.O., as we have much evidence (1) that he is indecisive and (2) that Valerie Jarrett does wield an awful lot of influence over The Man In The Empty Suit.

Nice Deb reminds us, however [tip of the fedora to Dan Collins]:

If true, the story would partially or perhaps fully confirm what a blogger published on his site, The Ulsterman Report, shortly after the raid, based on intelligence provided by the enigmatic “White House Insider”.

I’ve been reading The Ulsterman’s interviews with the White House Insider and Wall Street Insider for quite some time using a very cynical eye, testing the claims made by his anonymous sources and I’ve found many of the things predicted by them have turned out to be confirmed by other sources as time goes on, so this certainly lends Mr. Miniter’s claims some support, I believe.

If anything, this story should serve as an incentive for more investigative reporting.

SIDENOTE: If you read The Ulsterman’s report that Deb links, you’ll encounter this most disturbing part that, if true, makes further investigation of this claim all the more important:

[White House Insider:] …I have been told by more than one source that Leon Panetta was directing the operation with both his own CIA operatives, as well as direct contacts with military – both entities were reporting to Panetta only at this point, and not the President of the United States. There was not going to be another delay as had happened 24 hour earlier. The operation was at this time effectively unknown to President Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it remained that way until AFTER it had already been initiated. President Obama was literally pulled from a golf outing and escorted back to the White House to be informed of the mission. Upon his arrival there was a briefing held which included Bill Daley, John Brennan, and a high ranking member of the military. When Obama emerged from the briefing, he was described as looking “very confused and uncertain.” The president was then placed in the situation room where several of the players in this event had already been watching the operation unfold. Another interesting tidbit regarding this is that the Vice President was already “up to speed” on the operation. A source indicated they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain the Vice President was made aware of that day’s events before the president was. The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that of that room and its occupants. What that photo does not communicate directly is that the military personnel present in that room during the operation unfolding, deferred to either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates. The president’s role was minimal, including their acknowledging of his presence in the room.

Did Leon Panetta usurp the President?

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One Comment
  1. M. Thompson permalink
    30 July 2012 @ 12:09 12:09

    Gawd, he makes Jimmy Carter look decisive and manly.

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