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Obama (Chickened Out) Cancelled Missions to Kill Laden 3 TIMES Until Hillary Clinton Stepped In
Mail Online ^ | August 20, 2012 | Toby Hardnen

Posted on 08/20/2012 4:55:42 PM PDT by lbryce

Full title of Article:EXCLUSIVE: Obama 'cancelled missions to kill bin Laden THREE TIMES after getting cold feet - until Hillary Clinton stepped in', claims explosive new book

Barack Obama cancelled three operations to kill Osama bin Laden before finally going ahead with the mission at the insistence of Hillary Clinton, according to a new book.

The explosive allegation is contained in an expose by journalist Rich Miniter, who argues that the White House’s carefully-crafted narrative of Obama as a decisive leader who dispatched the al-Qaeda leader despite the doubts of advisers is a myth.

The killing of bin Laden is at the centre of Obama’s re-election campaign and is likely to be highlighted yet again by his aides on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks next month. Obama has already come under fire from former SEALs for trumpeting his role in the raid.

Until now, no one has claimed that he was reluctant even to launch it.

Miniter portrays Clinton as the main force behind killing bin Laden and contends that the prevaricating Obama has been in thrall to a number of dominant women – Clinton, top adviser Valerie Jarrett and his wife Michelle.

It was Jarrett, a long-time Chicago ally, he reports, who urged Obama to cancel the first three operations to kill bin Laden.

Miniter writes that Clinton’s alliances with Leon Panetta, then CIA director and now Pentagon chief, and David Petraeus, then head of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan and now at the helm at the CIA, were critical in bringing bin Laden to justice.

At the start of his presidency, Miniter writes, Obama was ‘studiously undecided’ about whether to kill the mastermind of 9/11.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: hillarybawls; leadingfrombehind; obamanobawls; richardminiter
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Please! I plead with all Americans. Read this. Read what is being said of this spineless empty bag. I'm going to say it as I believe it to be. No matter what you say of him the fact is irrefutable. Zero is nothing but an empty bag. Zero has no bawls. Is that anyone's idea of a president? Even liberals are inclined to get stuck on that one.

FTA:‘He refused to weigh in or commit himself on even small matters related to a possible strike on bin Laden.’ He continues: ‘Obama was often disengaged as the bin Laden operation took shape; he left critical decisions to the then-CIA Director Leon Panetta, then-Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

1 posted on 08/20/2012 4:55:54 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

No doubt Obama had to be dragged to making the decision. But Bubba Clinton can’t help leaking to enhance Hillary even tho he is probably exaggerating Hillary’s position in this. It was Pannetta and Patraeus who were doing all the pressing to get it done. Without them, Osama would still be walking the planet.


2 posted on 08/20/2012 5:00:52 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: lbryce

Hillary leaked this. Add that to her rejecting the VP slot and she definitely is working against Obama this year.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 5:01:13 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: lbryce

Plausible, if so, Hillary’s a real killer, according to book I read about the Waco massacre of ‘93, Hillary was the one who gave the order to assault/take no prisoners at the Davidian compound and Reno took the heat.


4 posted on 08/20/2012 5:03:45 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: lbryce
Zero has no bawls.

I beg to differ: I think he bawls...and he whines a lot, too!

Joking aside, I'm not surprised by this story. I think Hillary has more cojones than O ever will.
5 posted on 08/20/2012 5:05:31 PM PDT by hawaiianninja (Palm note to self: Work for a succesful 2012! +Throw the liberal garbage out!)
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To: lbryce
It was Jarrett, a long-time Chicago ally, he reports, who urged Obama to cancel the first three operations to kill bin Laden.

The same Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett who addressed the Islamic Society of North America in 2009?

Moochelle and Hillary definitely have influence on Obama, but I believe that for all intents and purposes Valerie Jarrett is running the show. According to the author of the new book The Amateur, most of the major moves of the Obama administration were based on her yea or nay, including Obamacare.
6 posted on 08/20/2012 5:06:00 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: lbryce
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7 posted on 08/20/2012 5:06:08 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: VanDeKoik

CIA Panneta and Defence Gates pressing yes.But since when does a striped pants Secretary of State make tactical military decisions.Hillary, no. She is legend in her own and Bubba’s mind. She was a terrible First Lady, Senator, presidential candidate and now Sec of State.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 5:06:59 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: lbryce
You'll never convince me that was Bin Laden. Buried at sea????

Alas, it's just as convenient for Republicans to believe it. So, everybody’s happy with the Emperor’s beautiful new robe.

9 posted on 08/20/2012 5:09:13 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Face it. The definitive Republican politician isn't Reagan. It's the Mayor from JAWS.)
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To: lbryce
Special Operations OPSEC targets Obama for reckless intelligence leaks (FR thread)

Dishonorable Disclosures (22:00 Youtube video)

Special Operations (OPSEC) (website to get involved)

10 posted on 08/20/2012 5:09:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: lbryce


11 posted on 08/20/2012 5:10:57 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: lbryce
It was Jarrett, a long-time Chicago ally, he reports, who urged Obama to cancel the first three operations to kill bin Laden.

..he doesn't buff behind his colossal ears without the OK from Mama Jarrett

12 posted on 08/20/2012 5:16:44 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Chode

Now that’s real lipstick on a pig


13 posted on 08/20/2012 5:18:38 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: patriotspride
and a QUEER pig at that...
14 posted on 08/20/2012 5:25:38 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

I remember hearing he had to be called off the golf course the day UBL got it.....has anyone remember where, and who reported that?


15 posted on 08/20/2012 5:26:14 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Chode

never mind, here it is...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058229/Obama-playing-golf-20-minutes-Navy-SEAL-Osama-Bin-Laden-mission.html


16 posted on 08/20/2012 5:29:31 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: lbryce
Can you blame him? Authorizing the targeted assassination of one’s spiritual mentor and a great person amongst his people isn't something to be taken lightly. Cut the guy some slack.
17 posted on 08/20/2012 5:35:00 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: izzatzo
Hillary also directed when the bombing of the Serbs would begin.

With Waco and the bombing of the Serbs it was all about the timing and how each was connected to one of Hillary's scams, that's why she directed when each would begin.

BTW, as First Whatever, she had no legal authority to order the final raid to begin which makes her as guilty of murder as David Koresh.

18 posted on 08/20/2012 5:46:44 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Doogle
they shoulda left him on the golf course and told him about it later...
19 posted on 08/20/2012 5:58:49 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: izzatzo

Killer Queen (Hillary).....couldn’t resist.

She keeps her Moet et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
‘Let them eat cake’ she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation
You can’t decline

Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in etiquette
Extraordinarily nice

She’s a Killer Queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laserbeam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime
Ooh, recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try ?

To avoid complications
She never kept the same address
In conversation
She spoke just like a baroness
Met a man from China
Went down to Geisha Minah
(killer, killer, she’s a Killer Queen)
Then again incidentally
If you’re that way inclined

Perfume came naturally from Paris (naturally)
For cars she couldn’t care less
Fastidious and precise

She’s a Killer Queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime

Drop of a hat she’s as willing as
Playful as a pussy cat
Then momentarily out of action
Temporarily out of gas
To absolutely drive you wild, wild..
She’s all out to get you

She’s a Killer Queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime

Ooh, recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try ?
You wanna try...


20 posted on 08/20/2012 5:59:32 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: lbryce
So it looks like this 'Ulsterman' report from May 5, 2011:
UPDATE!!! PANETA NOT OBAMA GAVE THE MISSION ORDER - PRESIDENT TRIED TO ABORT THE MISSION! (spelling error (Panetta) in original)
appears to be born out to a degree.
21 posted on 08/20/2012 5:59:53 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: Chode

wasn’t the photo a redo?


22 posted on 08/20/2012 6:07:07 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: lbryce
Considering how dreadful Obmao is willfully, we should actually take comfort in this part:

FTA:‘He refused to weigh in or commit himself on even small matters related to a possible strike on bin Laden.’ He continues: ‘Obama was often disengaged as the bin Laden operation took shape; he left critical decisions to the then-CIA Director Leon Panetta, then-Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

If he were more engaged, bin Laden would be safe in his house today, watching porno and movies of his speeches. Zero had to be tricked into wandering off on this one. I'm sure Jarrett was fuming at him for weeks over this event. I imagine Clinton was the ringleader, and I have to say it's the one good thing she's done (just the one).

23 posted on 08/20/2012 6:38:37 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Doogle
the one in the Situation Room? that's my guess or photo shopped him in...
24 posted on 08/20/2012 6:39:41 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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25 posted on 08/20/2012 6:41:32 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: chuckee
She was a terrible First Lady, Senator, presidential candidate and now Sec of State.

The best way to describe Hitlary is just imagine her in chaps and a whip in one hand and a revving chainsaw in the other.

26 posted on 08/20/2012 6:44:07 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: the anti-liberal

The Ulsterman report is blistering


27 posted on 08/20/2012 6:44:16 PM PDT by rusty millet
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To: lbryce

I can easily imagine her as a much more effective tyrant, cold-blooded tyrant at that. I think she is the bigger threat, when compared to the threat that Zero poses.


28 posted on 08/20/2012 6:44:41 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: Travis McGee; Interesting Times

RICHARD MINITER wrote this.


29 posted on 08/20/2012 6:48:06 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: lbryce

Did he cancel the last mission, too? Because I’m still waiting for the photos. Just sayin’...


30 posted on 08/20/2012 6:51:06 PM PDT by Wage Slave (Army Mom!)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
You'll never convince me that was Bin Laden.

Wouldn't that imply that the OPSEC guys' sources on SEAL Team 6 either didn't recognize UBL, or lied about it? To me, that seems even harder to believe.

31 posted on 08/20/2012 6:57:41 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Cyber Liberty

Living in communism is not only child abuse, but personal abuse on everyone, which makes us all victims. Since this is the Obamao plan that makes him the biggest abuser in America.

End the war on truth!


32 posted on 08/20/2012 7:06:17 PM PDT by bammynomore
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To: lbryce

LOL: What are the odds that Hillary will deny having anything to do with going after Obama.


33 posted on 08/20/2012 7:12:05 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats: Ticket of Dope and Chains.)
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To: Mike Darancette

I meant Osama.


34 posted on 08/20/2012 7:13:25 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats: Ticket of Dope and Chains.)
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To: Mike Darancette

I meant Osama.


35 posted on 08/20/2012 7:13:39 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats: Ticket of Dope and Chains.)
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To: lbryce

I’ve always said that if you looked at the picture of the command center in the white house during the Osama raid and were asked (if you did not know who any of these people were) which one of these people would you say was the President. Obama is the last person you would geuss was in charge.


36 posted on 08/20/2012 7:36:30 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: SamuraiScot

Welcome to the new America.... a conspiracy behind every tree. I don’t see our service folks lying about this. I’ll play the game.....

I always suspected this might have been the real story behind the UBL raid. Many of us asked at the time why the President would wear golf clothing to what was possibly going to be the biggest photo-op of his administration. No way he dresses like that if he knows it is going down and he would not have been within a mile of a golf course!

This story is going to be a huge blow to the Obama campaign and it should be shared with everyone. It not only calls into question his crowning achievement.... it makes Obama look ineffectual, weak, and indecisive. That is damaging for any man, but it is potentially a mortal blow to someone campaigning for President.

This story has to be the #1 source of panic for the campaign team in Chicago (unless his transcripts are leaked). It’s a big stinker for Obama. Respond and it calls attention to the story. Don’t respond and it gains traction. Either way you lose.....

Now for my own conspiracy musings.... I wonder if Valerie Jarrett regrets the disdain she showed the Clintons in 2008? It was nothing but petty ugliness that has been paid back with dividends.... I am confident that a member of Team Clinton is the source of this story. The picture that day told a story for many of us.


37 posted on 08/20/2012 7:38:55 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids will pay for it!)
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To: lbryce

Obama = Chicken Hawk?


38 posted on 08/20/2012 7:44:15 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: lbryce

I’m betting money that in the end it all came down to Panetta. Can’t stand him on alot of things, but he’s got the balls to make the call and stand by it.


39 posted on 08/20/2012 7:52:46 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Wage Slave

I thought WikiLeaks would have those pictures by now.


40 posted on 08/20/2012 8:15:57 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Even a private in the military understands that real leaders make decisions and accept consequences.... cowards leave the heavy lifting to subordinates.


41 posted on 08/20/2012 8:24:14 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids will pay for it!)
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To: volunbeer
In January, 2008 Hillary sat I think it was 60 minutes. oh so prissy, brimming with bawlsy chutzpah, bloviating so cockily about how she was the only one eligible for the Democratic nomination for president.

The amazing thing was that she had the characteristics, moxie if not having the bonafide credentials of, as president, you could have heard a pin drop in all political circles that she was right about the Democratic nomination being hers, acknowledging she had to work hard to get it, to get the nominating magic number but it was never a question of if but when. After all, she had the best campaigner ever in the guise of former President Clinton who was going to give it all to become first Husband, First Man, whatever, historic in its own right. And they would rule the nation for eight beautiful years as America's first husband-wife despots.

It was all set. Hillary felt it, Bill did,too. The White House was theirs. But along comes this unknown outsider, speaking gloriously in 'teleprompter' and indeed usurped the presidency from the Clintons like taking candy from a baby.

Bill did erupt on several occasions over Obama but in the end he had no choice but to be politically congenial, even helpful as a fellow Democrat, former president.

Were the Clintons' mad that Obama stole what they believed with all their heart was politically, rightfully theirs? Mad? Livid, enraged, infuriated hardly begins to describe it.

We all know the Clintons' penchant for dirty politics, nothing ever being too dirty. The Clintons hate Obama more than is possible to convey for what they believe he so viciously stole from them. Of course it was the Clintons behind all of this. And I would say we haven't begun to see how Clintonesque things are going to get for the Big Fat Zero as time goes on.

42 posted on 08/20/2012 8:25:38 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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To: Petruchio

First prize for original FR tagline.


43 posted on 08/20/2012 8:36:01 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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To: lbryce

The White House and the MSM will launch a massive denial effort if this story begins to gain traction with the American public at all.


44 posted on 08/20/2012 8:56:21 PM PDT by Will88
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To: SamuraiScot
Wouldn't that imply that the OPSEC guys' sources on SEAL Team 6 either didn't recognize UBL, or lied about it? To me, that seems even harder to believe.

Ask Jessica Lynch. Ask the brass who spat upon every Silver Star winner by awarding one to Pat Tillman for his heroism in a firefight that they knew never happened.

And how could they "recognize UBL"????

45 posted on 08/20/2012 9:08:21 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Face it. The definitive Republican politician isn't Reagan. It's the Mayor from JAWS.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Tillman gave up a lot to serve, let him rest in peace!
Many men put it all on the line to get that little girl home, what should we ask of Jessica Lynch?


46 posted on 08/20/2012 9:27:34 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: hawaiianninja

I believe the story—Hillary has the iron personality to have done this—The picture of her in the war room watching the monitors showing the raid has her with her hand over her mouth—I believe she was trying to suppress a Laugh, watching Ben Laden die! I can’t say I blame her—if she caused this—She did the nation a service. I believe that she would have been a much better leader than Obama—she got screwed by the so called “Super-Delegates” in 2008. Like her or hate her—she would get the trains to run on time.


47 posted on 08/20/2012 9:28:35 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: lbryce

Did Hillary make the decision at 3am?


48 posted on 08/20/2012 9:49:37 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: TsonicTsunami08
Tillman gave up a lot to serve, let him rest in peace!

Nothing at all against Tillman!!!! It's the lying bureaucrats who spat upon real Silver Star winners by making up that story. That was a disgrace. Worse than what Admiral Boorda killed himself over.

And Jessica Lynch is great! She came out and said everything we were told about her story were lies. I really admire her. She could've made a nice living by passing herself off as a combat hero. Bless her!

49 posted on 08/20/2012 10:15:01 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Face it. The definitive Republican politician isn't Reagan. It's the Mayor from JAWS.)
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To: lbryce
I've always believed senior U.S. officials knew bin Laden’s location shortly after he relocated to the Abbottaba compound in 2006. U.S. intelligence had sources in the Pakistani ISI and the army. There was a huge bounty on bin Laden’s head. I think the reason the Bush Administration didn't act was because of drawn out negotiations with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia who was paying the Paks to keep bin Laden under house arrest. With U.S. troops in Afghanistan and their primary logistical route controlled by Pakistan Bush had to weigh the safety of U.S. soldiers against justice for bin Laden. The Saudis didn't want Osama interrogated because he could implicate his Arab financiers.

I think the official story about the CIA identifying and tracking bin Laden’s courier is true but it was done to further confirm bin Laden’s location and to determine if bin Laden still had any operational influence on al Qaeda or if he was “on ice” like the Saudis claimed.

During the presidential primary debates Obama said repeatedly he wouldn't hesitate ordering an armed incursion into Pakistan to get bin Laden. He was so strident and cavalier on this point that he was criticized for harming relations with Pakistan. It's possible a partisan source in the State Department or National Security Council leaked information to the Obama camp about bin Laden’s hideout.

I think by the time Obama took office a solution to the Saudi problem had been worked out—Osama couldn't be taken alive. With the Paks it was more complicated. Bin Laden had been a “guest” of Pakistan for five years during which time more and more people in the military, the government and Islamist groups knew about it. If Osama was killed on Pakistani soil or simply disappeared the consequences could be riots, destabilization, a military coup or all the above.

The longer secret negotiations went on the greater the chance everything would leak out to the world press resulting in diplomatic chaos and “alot of ‘splain to do.” Or bin Laden’s confederates might spring him from Abbottaba and hide him in the mountains.

Whatever the dialog was between the White House, State, and the Pentagon, Obama may have wanted to stage the raid as close as possible to the 2012 elections. The Joint Chiefs would likely urge caution with the prospect of the Port of Karachi being closed to U.S. supply ships and the ISI fomenting even more bloodshed in Afghanistan. Hillary I think would also urge caution and continued negotiation rather than risk further alienating Pakistan. A hostile incursion into Pakistan, an operation that Obama would shout to the world, could set off a chain of events leading to insurrection and Taliban control of the government and its nuclear arsenal.

Obama, the “smartest guy in the room,” may have ruled—in the absence of a deal with Pakistan—to execute the raid in 2012. At that point Hillary, Panetta and the Pentagon may have demanded that Obama act immediately before the Paks got wind of the plan and moved bin Laden.

50 posted on 08/21/2012 12:57:52 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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