Skip to comments.Obama took SIXTEEN HOURS to make up his mind about Bin Laden mission... ("Slept On It")
Posted on 05/03/2011 1:55:20 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
President 'slept on it' as tense military chiefs awaited decision Action started the next morning when Obama declared 'it's a go' Mission delayed by one day after heavy cloud cover on Saturday night Navy seals dodged Pakistani security to reach Bin Laden's lair Outpouring of emotion on streets down to 'the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11' Obama told members of Congress
Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would 'sleep on it' before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden's compound.
Hit squads of specialist Navy Seals - who were not even told who they were preparing to capture - had practised the mission at two reconstructions of the terror chiefs sprawling compound.
The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.
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Voted present for 16 crucial hours
How much did the cloud cover have to do with delaying the mission so that those back in DC could “watch from above” in the situation room?
What a clown.
“Sleep on it sounds” like the advice of the form fornicator in chief: “Put some ice on it.” I am so relieved that our dear leader did not rush to judgment.
‘the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11’ Obama told members of Congress....
I congratulate our military, not you Captain Dufus!
If Osama hadn’t been at home, we’d have missed him.
I don’t fault him for it.
Osama wasn’t going anywhere, and this is an insertion mission over a mountain range into a very tentatively allied country . A whole bunch of things could have gone wrong mechanically(we lost a helicopter), tactically and politically.
If you think a leader ought to okay a world-changing action in a few minutes’ time, you haven’t ever been in those shoes.
This story is all over the place. This story says they confirmed Thursday he was in this town and this house, but the earlier news said they identified the house as a potential hiding place in August, confirmed around February, and had built a replica that the Seals practiced in for several weeks in early April. If they just confirmed he was there Thursday, how did all this preparation take place earlier.
A WH source said “It was the gutsiest nap I ever saw”.
"On the one hand, my popularity will go up. On the other, the Islamic world loses one of its greatest freedom fighters. Hmmm... decisions, decisions."
16 hrs? Sounds like he may have slept AND golfed on it.
He took Meatloaf’s advise.
Ima sleep on it.
I’ll give you my answer in the morning.
Heaven forbid it.
But we're talking about Obama here.
"I know what $#%&*! time it is there and you wake that #&!*&# little sob up. NOW."
16 hour not bad, so what, they killed him, it’s not like he left durning that time.
You do know they never even saw him there till the mission took place, it not like they had photos and were even 100% sure he was there.
This sound like the folks complaining about Bush finished reading the childrens Book on 911
I was thinking the same thing. This wasn’t an easy call. And didn’t we have eyes on the target? So I don’t think he was going anywhere.
Too many knew Obama had been found and Osama couldn’t avoid having to do something.
Obama had to sleep on it.
He did make certain that he received a fill muslim burial service.
The President fo the 911 Families Peter Gadiel is very upset that OBama received a proper religious burial.
He was on KFI just now with with Bill Caroll.
Posted this on the other thread as well:
Using EST, If the helicopters arrived at 4pm and the firefight lasted 40 minutes, its safe to say the body was probably not photographed, bagged, and in the air until 5pm at the earliest.
8 hours later its on a ship in the North Arabian Sea getting prepped to be dumped overboard?
During those 8 hours, according to the media, the body is flown by helicopter Northwest into Afghanistan some 200+ miles, it lands, they take out the body. They do DNA testing and facial recognition. They rebag the body, load it back into another helicopter, and fly 1000 miles to a US ship in the North Arabian Sea. All in 8 hours?
Not saying he is alive or anything like that. Just questioning the timeline. Why the rush?
Oh, please. Do tell, your majesty...
Doesn’t matter if he took a nap or played a round of golf. He got him.
Or should I say he allowed our armed forces to get him.
Spineless, jellyfish of a pissant. Needed time to get a pedicure, facial, manicure and watch “Say Yes to the Dress”.
A caller on Rush today said it perfectly. If he hadn’t gone ahead, it would later have been leaked and we would end up with either Hillery or our GOP candidate. IOW, his hand was forced. It had nothing to do with his desire to hunt terrorist, execute the war on terror or assure America’s protection. It was simply damage control that he’s now trying to spin as a consequence of ‘his’ policies. Total BS.
Hmmm... That thumb looks extraordinarily long. I’m just sayin...
“This story says they confirmed Thursday he was in this town and this house”
Director Panetta is on the record as saying they never had confirmation. Estimates were 60-80%.
It was a tough decision.
I’m sure the ghost of Carter’s failed Iranian hostage rescue attempt haunted him. He is already being compared to Carter.
A failed mission would have turned him into an undisputed lame duck over night.
He’ll get a temporary bump...but it won’t last.
Obama had no choice given the circumstances. He delayed the inevitable for a while, but had to do exactly what he campaigned so hard against.....the right thing.
VOICE FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM: "This 16 hour delay can't go on any longer if you expect of having ANY chance of interrupting the last portion of "The Apprentice" with the news of this mission!!"
OBAMA: "Let's do this thing!!"
Did he play golf or make a campaign speech during that 16 hours?
Wait, wasn’t he busy at the goofy Media comedy dinner?
Life is tough, but it’s even tougher when you’re a stupid indecisive coward.
I agree totally, although I have a little different take on it.
I believe we still have the body. The dumped at sea was a trial balloon to see if the Middle East would explode. Since the reaction has been muted, I suspect he will be dumped in the sea shortly.
Fed to Mr. Woo’s pigs ala “Deadwood” would be more to my liking.
You are obligated to ping his majesty upon casting such aspersions lol...
What was going on 16 hours previous?
Only the Royal Wedding.
Obama is a jerk. But even he would not be jerky enough to overshadow the Royal Wedding.
So - in the meantime - OBL had 16 more hours to breath.
Instead of a call at 3:00 am it was somehting that he needed “to sleep on”. Sounds more like he needed to check all the potential political ramifications for his re-election in 2012.
What bold, decisive leadership. Get backed in a corner, retreat to your room to suck on your thumb for 16 hours, finally decided when you have no other choice, and then take credit for the whole thing.
Hilarious!!!! Witty post-o-the-day!!!
The go order was issued by BD, LP and HC, Obama was told the decision, not requested to make one. Administration scrambled to abort. That order was overruled again by BD, LP and HC. Obama had no choice but to comply because he was probably told someone would leak what he failed to do before the 2012 election.
The killing of Osama Bin Laden was in fact a Coup within Obama WH. Fearless leader's only contribution was to shutup and sit in the corner.
I strongly disagree with this. A failed mission may never have been brought to the public's attention.
For that matter, Carter's failed hostage rescue mission in 1979 may never have been made public were it not for the fact that Iranians had begun to issue public statements about what happened in the desert. I believe there may have been some unexpected contact between the U.S. forces and Iranian civilians on that mission that sort of "blew the cover" a bit.
Exactly. It was clear he had no illusions about the completely inconsequential role Zero played in this whole affair. If anything, he was a liability.