Skip to comments.Major Garrett condemns ‘ham-handed’ way White House told OBL mission story
Posted on 05/06/2011 6:13:27 AM PDT by markomalley
The ever-changing narrative from the White House about the U.S. mission to kill Osama bin Laden has shed some doubt on the events that took place that historic day, and thats not the way the government should have handled such a historic moment argues National Journals Major Garrett.
In an appearance on MSNBCs Morning Joe on Friday, Garrett explained how the White House went wrong in the days after President Barack Obamas late Sunday night announcement.
One quick point about that, Garrett said. I believe the administration should be justifiably criticized for the ham-handed nature of telling this story. This is the most serious military operation this administration has engaged in in a decade. It should be told once with precision and clarity for everyone. And they didnt do that and its their fault.
The former Fox News Channel White House correspondent said if it had taken time to get the story straight for the public, then it should have taken that time and dispense facts, not build a narrative.
Thats not a partisan statement at all, he said. This is a responsibility of the government to explain what happened and if it takes time to make that explanation, and if takes time to build a and not a narrative, Im sorry. I resent that phrase, entirely. These are facts. Governments dispense facts or should, not narratives. And the time should have been taken to put the facts together and explain them once.
Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist agreed with Garretts assessment.
And its not a story that needs embellishing, Geist said. Thats the shame of it. Just get the story out there. Its impressive enough on its own.
They’re amateurs & liars. What do you expect?
Instead of dispensing the facts and letting other forces define the moment for them as most true leaders would, they want to control it and define it themselves.
Ummmmmmmmm ... hello?
And it detracts from the *EXCELLENT* job the Navy Seals did in completing this mission. I thought all of that delay on the night of the announcement was so they could get it “right”..... apparently NOT!!
Doesn’t he know the phrase “ham-handed” is offensive to Muslims?
I’m starting to think that they are bungling the “official story” to intentionally cause conspiracy theories.
What better way to further divide us?
Is Garrett over at MSNBC now?
I've had the same thought. Obama seems to delight in ambiguity, concealment and deliberately fostering conflict.
I think that we can safely say that Major won’t be invited back on Morning Joke!
Its the Birth Certificate group all over again. Lying is their ONLY method of operating. The truth would derail them in every case.
I'm not worried. The next election will have little to do with Osama Bin Obama and a lot to do with a VERY sh!tty economy.
This just illustrates the difference between operations run by the grown-ups at the CIA vs. the amateurs at the White House.
How could a President shoot so quickly from the hip?
The only conclusion I can come up with is “politics”.
Obama doesn't have to show UBL’s picture he's done enough damage on his own to the security of our Military and our Country.
This is sure to offend the Muslims.
I sure wish the media would be more aware of muslim sensibility’s when reporting the news. /s
“ham handed”? LoL! That’s funny as **** right there!
It feels like it.
That show has turned into a gab fest of the same quality as "The View".
Another show conservatives need to boycott.
Barry’s hitting a new low when PMSNBC has criticism of him.
“It should be told once with precision and clarity for everyone. And they didnt do that and its their fault.
Precisely. I blame it not just on this WH, but on the FB/IM/Twitter ethos that lets people spout off, rather than putting together a considered product that goes from soup to nuts.
Garrett said he wanted to "return to my roots as a print journalist". His wife still works for Fox.
Major will obviously now be demoted to Corporal in his occasional White House press room beat.
A thumbs up to your entire post...spot on!
The poor quality of all the morning offerings played a role in my decision to change my work schedule, to a start time of 7:30 (from 8:15).
“Not a partisan statement!!” OH NO, Major. We wouldn’t want THAT, now WOULD we. You should be like the “journalists” at MSNBC and CNN-—non-biased, non-partisan and ALWAYS truthful!!!! WHY is it that conservatives—even half-assed conservatives—always feel they have to APOLOGIZE for themselves when stating facts!!!
If you can't dazzle’m them with brilliance, baffle’m with bs.
The only conclusion I can come up with is politics.
Obama and his crowd don't understand the concept of governance. This is all a game about being clever and gaining advantage over your opponents. Responsibility, truth and doing what's right for America are not relevant. The only goal is scoring political points and retaining power.
Being President is an adult job.
All he had to do is get the facts STRAIGHT and then tell the truth. He did neither. He was so worried about ratings that he screwed it up. Not to mention the fact that he can NOT make a decision. Would it have taken Bush/Cheney 14 hours to make that call? I think not. They would have said, “Show me the plan, kill him, clean him up, send me the pictures and then we will go with the story once we have ALL the facts straight. And that is exactly what Bush did with Saddam's kids
White House caution children at play.
"Ummmmmmmmm ... hello?"
I acknowledge your skepticism of Major Garrett's hyperbole, and had he said "the most successful intelligence operation / assassination operation of the decade" we all would have agreed.
But no one will want to use the word "assassination"; also, there have no doubt been some very successful intelligence operations that have never been made public.
So we need to excuse Major Garrett here. "Military operation" is probably the optimum description.
What administration are we living under? The Obama Administration.
When did the administration begin? January 20 2009.
Has this administration been involved in anything at all for a decade? No.
"This is the most serious military operation this administration has engaged in in a decade."
"Ummmmmmmmm ... hello?"
Garrett is falling into a very bad Statist trap. Louis XIV said "I am the state". That's fine for an absolute monarch. But this country is the same as this administration. Most serious military operation this country has done in a decade? Fine.
But he's saying that the Obama Administration IS this country.
What happened to We The People?
"But this country is NOT the same as this administration"
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