Skip to comments.White House struggles to get story right on raid
Posted on 05/03/2011 5:30:17 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
WASHINGTON Killing Osama bin Laden was a big victory for the U.S., but how exactly the raid went down is another story and another, and another.
Over two days, the White House has offered contradictory versions of events, including misidentifying which of bin Laden's sons was killed and wrongly saying bin Laden's wife died in gunfire, as it tries to sort through what the president's press secretary called the "fog of combat" and produce an accurate account.
Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that officials were trying to get information out as quickly as possible about the complex event witnessed by just a handful of people, and the story line was being corrected.
"We provided a great deal of information with great haste in order to inform you. ... And obviously some of the information was, came in piece by piece and is being reviewed and updated and elaborated on," Carney said.
The contradictions and misstatements reflect the fact that even in the case of a highly successful and popular mission, the confusion inherent in a fast-paced, unpredictable military raid conducted under intense pressure in a foreign country does not lend itself immediately to a tidy story line, some experts said.
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The way they have dealt with this whole story has been consistent with everything else they have done so far. I’m not all too surprised.
Like my grandma used to say....Know your lie before you tell it...
He's justr looking for a bump....he may get one. This was an assassination.
They can only run their insider polls so fast.
Obama supporters don’t like the idea of shooting Bin Ladin’s wife? OK. Let’s change that.
Now, let’s poll the new story, and see how that goes down.
Hmm, that didn’t work very well. How about changing the name of his son, so we don’t offend anyone named Mohammed. . . .
Send out the pollsters again!
The one and only thing he has done right, and he is changing the facts.
Fail is strong with this one.
I’m having a hard time understanding the confusion. Didn’t they make a big deal of posting the photo of the dumbo and others in the Situation Room watching the events unfold live?
How about they quit with the stories and just deal in the facts.
Making decisions and being responsible for those decisions is tough, Barack.
I know Barack has never dealt in truth, so he ought to give the truth a try.
Another example of their incompetence or is it Hillary’s game plan, I can’t decide.
It will be hard to throw the Seals under the bus when Obama went on TV claiming all the credit. I, I , I, me, me, me may come back to bite him in the buttocks.
2. 2004: Enhanced Interrogation of al-Qahtani Confirms the Nom De Geure of bin Ladins Courier.
3. 2006: Enhanced Interrogation of an Al Qaeda Captured in Iraq, Hassan Ghul, produces the Real Name of the Courier.
They have to focus group the various responses first to see where their left wing is.... Is obama a war criminal, does Bush get credit? Were we for this before we were against it?
Just tell the truth and tell it once and there won’t be any questions but after all these are Obama’s idiots running his regime.
“This was an assassination.”
Maybe, but so were the 3000 innocent victims on 9-11. I’m thrilled the sob is dead.
The Keystone (Cops) Administration...
The scripts just write themselves.
I’m sorry that your hero, Osama bin Laden, was killed in a manner so upsetting you.
In Carney's case, the 'fog of stupidity' is far more accurate.
Given the confusion, can we even be certain that Osama is dead? First he was armed, then he wasn’t, his wife got killed, then she didn’t, they’re going to release an image, they might not. Then, when they have the chance to give us the body, they drop it overboard into the ocean. And, as for not giving Bin Laden’s followers a body to enshrine—the administration gave them the site where he died to venerate by identifying it. That will probably be good enough for many of them.
I’m glad that Osama is supposed to be dead. I’d just like to see undeniable proof.
Indeed, if you have the truth then there is no NEED to struggle!
And the problem with lying is that when you do tell the truth no one believes you.
Indeed. I don’t think there is a problem with this bunch.
They’ve never tested the “truth” thing to find out. LOL!
Hey look...I’m thrilled he’s dead, too.
You mark my words . . . If the Obama administration determines in the next couple of days that “the story” of Osama bin Laden’s demise is either: (1) very unpopular among the Democratic base, and/or (2) potentially subject to criminal prosecution in some international body (ICC, UN, etc.), then the “truly real facts” of the story will be that Osama bin Laden was killed sometime around 2004 and the Navy SEAL team last weekend was just sent in to recover the body and give it a proper Muslim burial.
Libs lie reflexively. It’s their go-to response. I heard it said about Bill Clinton that he would lie even if the truth would serve him better.
Exactly...but Bill was believable even in his lies. These guys are just lame and inept.
I think if they TOLD the truth they’d mess it up somehow! LOL!
Somehow, I’m not sure the dead Muslim will give the living Muslim the desired bounce, not with the White House’s Keystone Cops routine on reporting their “success”.
Your name says it all, BTW. :)
Ordering this terrorists death was one of the most gutsy things ever done by the Obama administration. If they start waffling now, they will lose what boost they could have gained in public approval. Not very politically savvy.
How it should have been handled.
Bingo, you just cannot believe a word these idiots say. About anything. Just like the cockroaches in the slime trail media.
Now THAT’S funny! ROFL!!!!!
What else did you expect from best-selling author Barry "For Whom The Bell Tolls" Obama?
However, I have put together a probable condensed time-line.
Our SEAL team went into a country that we were not at war with and attacked a civilian structure and killed multiple somebodies.
I strongly suspect that Osama was unarmed and that his women were not used as shields but simply there with him.
Were Osama ARMED the video evidence would be shown to all to mitigate the following problems that were NOT considered until later.
This is a potentially clear violation of International Law and the UN & the ICC could make a finding of a war crime against.....Obama.
Now, when has Obama or the liberal trash infesting this country every cared about the rule of law when they are in power? - Never ever.
But, the UN has started to ask questions.
I sincerely doubt that the powers that be in the Western World are fond of Obama or his henchmen anymore.
And most importantly, the foreign Media will start to make noise. - Bet on it.
This is CYA, trying to put the best spin on “plausible deniability” until they finally figure out - basically - which lie to tell.
Now, this puts it bluntly & without nuance, but that's the way this appears to my eye.
Come on, they have real time video, intel, & pictures.
They know exactly what happened.
These jackholes have known about this since December. That FIVE WHOLE MONTHS. If you can't come up with a cover story in that time, you really are incomptetent and unfit to serve.
As to the UN, They can edited by poster
Ow! That hit the mark!
Diane Feinstein’s comment about “the air temperature in the compound was hotter than expected and the helicopter was too heavy to stay aloft under that condition”, sounds totally bizarre.
If somebody knows helicopters and feels this is plausible, I’d love for them to post about it.
I wonder if the Keystone Kops occupying the WH have talked to the leader of SEAL team 6 to get the true story of what happened. It appears that the Prez is making this up as he tries to appear to be our fearless leader.
This was an assassination.
And the problem with that is what?
“When in doubt, tell the truth.”
The WH can’t get it right because they didn’t have much to do with the killing of bin laden as they were kept out of the loop by the military/CIA.
I agree, and a damn good one at that.
Doubt and confusion works for them. They want a “deather” movement. They want to keep this story going.
I thought it looked like a mess tray full of pork chops.
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