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  • Exclusive: Obama 'cancelled missions to kill bin Laden THREE TIMES after getting cold feet

    08/20/2012 10:08:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Dailty Mail ^ | 8/20/12 | Toby Harnden
    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. Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him will be published on Tuesday. Excerpts have been viewed by Mail Online.
  • OhLordy: Raid on Bin Laden Cmpnd Cancelled 3x on the 'Advice' of Utterly Clueless Valerie Jarrett(!)

    07/30/2012 5:00:57 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 34 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 30, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    That's right- same Valerie Jarrett that  can't even run an apartment complex Born-in-Iran Valerie Jarrett is known as 'the brains behind Obama' and has long been Barry's -as well as wife Michelle's- most trusted confidant. Today as Senior White House Adviser, Jarrett's probably the most powerful woman in the world... So it's a surprise -while it's not- that this military know-nothing had the power/arrogance/lack-of-personal-limitation-awareness to put the kaibosh on three golden opportunities (Jan/Feb/Mar 2011) presented by the Pentagon to catch Osama Bin Laden prior to the date when the Navy SEAL operation was eventually carried-out-- May 2, 2011.  The source of the startling...
  • 'Gutsy Call' Not So Gutsy After All, New Book Reveals (Bin Laden Kill)

    07/30/2012 6:26:56 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30 July 2012 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    At the urging of senior advisor 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 a new book scheduled for release August 21, The Daily Caller (DC) reported. In “Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors who Decide for Him,” Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, reportedly persuaded...
  • Book bombshell: Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at Jarrett’s urging

    07/29/2012 9:05:32 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/29/2012 | David Martosko
    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...
  • Miniter: Hacked! When will we start to defend America's computers

    06/23/2011 8:06:37 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    Gazette ^ | June 23, 2011 | Richard Miniter
    When the Stuxnet computer worm severely damaged Iran’s nuclear program, many Americans cheered. We should also fear cyberattacks coming at us. The International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., was hacked this past week. The top suspect? China. The week before, the White House. More than 100 senior Obama administration officials found that their private gmail accounts were targeted by China-based hackers, an administration spokesman told The Wall Street Journal. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating. The attacks have been traced to Jinan, home to China’s army cyberunit. The various recent hacking attacks are not isolated events....
  • The McCain Myth (Why RINO John McCain Will Never, *Ever* Be President)

    05/30/2005 10:28:41 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 67 replies · 3,718+ views
    Wall Street Journal/Opinion Journal ^ | 5/31/2005 | Brendan Miniter
    Having helped broker the Great Senate Compromise last week, Sen. John McCain is back in the media limelight, winning the usual accolades for bucking his party. But the deal by 14 "moderates" doesn't just preserve the judicial filibuster and allow confirmation of a few of President Bush's "extremist" nominees. It also reveals that the myth the McCainiacs hoped would propel their man into the Oval Office in 2000 still endures, despite evidence of successive elections to the contrary. The myth is simply that the only way to win elections is to draw voters from the other party by bucking a...
  • How Many Houses Does McCain Own?

    08/21/2008 12:42:39 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 83 replies · 266+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 21, 2008 | Richard Miniter
    The talking point of the day: Sen. John McCain does not know how many houses he owns. In a classic gaffe, he tells a reporter to check with his staff; he just doesn’t know. The McCain campaign says “at least” four. Newsweek estimates seven... Here’s two truths that the McCain campaign can’t say: one, it is Cindy McCain’s money and not his.....
  • All The News That Fits ("The New York Times reporter was an officer in Saddam’s army.")

    03/31/2008 7:38:22 PM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 20 replies · 578+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 3-31-08 | Richard Miniter
    When reporters write in the first person, the result is rarely good. There are exceptions (such as Peter Kann’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the war in Bangladesh in 1971 for the Wall Street Journal), but the exceptions tend to prove the rule. Take today’s New York Times dispatch from Basra. Today’s coverage of the Iraqi government’s fight for Basra is a clear example of the rule. First of all, who is Qais Mizher, who owns the byline on the piece? Well, he tells us this in passing: “Calling on my experience as a captain in the Iraqi Army before the...
  • What the Pentagon Report Missed

    03/18/2008 4:59:05 AM PDT · by Renfield · 13 replies · 859+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 3-18-08 | Richard Miniter
    When an Institute for Defense Analysis study seemed to announce that there was “no connection between Iraq and Al-Qaeda,” the media was quick to parrot the line of Warren P. Strobel of McClatchy Newspapers. Relying on a leaked executive summary of the report, Strobel wrote that “an exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents” found “no evidence” linking Saddam Hussein with Al-Qaeda. Led by the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes, the right side of the blogosphere was quick to point out that the report did contain evidence of such connections, focusing mainly on Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which merged with Al-Qaeda...
  • The Iranian Bomb: Where the Presidential Candidates Stand

    02/02/2008 5:53:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 143+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 01, 2008 | Richard Miniter
    The Iranian Bomb: Where the Presidential Candidates Stand February 01, 2008 Pajamas Media Richard Miniter What will the next president do about Iran’s aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons? We looked at the official statements of the leading candidates of both parties. The Building Crisis Iran’s nuclear program is one of the most important issues facing the nation — and yet one that few presidential candidates talk about. The mullahs have upped the ante by pushing aggressively the enrichment of uranium, an essential step in the development of nuclear weapons. The oil-rich nation claims that the enrichment program is for fueling...
  • The Western Front

    12/07/2007 7:10:58 AM PST · by sono · 16 replies · 379+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/07/2007 | Brendan Miniter
    The guns of war have fallen silent for Hollywood. Studio executives, who could once count on Americans filling theaters for just about any war movie they produced, are finding this year's war flicks to be a bunch of duds. "Lions for Lambs," Robert Redford's case against the war in Afghanistan, is a flop. It stars Mr. Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise and may not make back its $35 million price tag. Brian De Palma's "Redacted" played to empty seats. Even "The War," Ken Burns's much-anticipated World War II documentary that aired on PBS in September, met a less-than-explosive reception....
  • Hitler admired Islam

    11/09/2007 2:03:00 AM PST · by drzz · 18 replies · 6,900+ views
    Richard Miniter ^ | 11 09 2007 | drzz
    Since both Charles Johnson and Paul Belien are friends of Pajamas Media (indeed, Charles was a co-founder), I have sat out their “blog war.” I can’t stay silent anymore. In today’s Washington Times, Paul Belien has a terrific piece on Hitler’s surprisingly positive view of Islam. Johnson should read it and call a truce. Here’s the back story: Johnson accused Belien and his band of associating with “neo-nazis”—i.e. the Vlaams Belang, Belgium’s largest voter getter in the most recent national election. Johnson seems to think that the Vlaams Belang is some tiny poisonous fringe, like the followers of Larouche. In...
  • How the New Republic Got Suckered [by 'Baghdad diarist' who alleged bad behavior by fellow soldiers]

    08/20/2007 9:13:06 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 34 replies · 1,624+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 20, 2007 | Richard Miniter
    When Pajamas Media heard the authenticity questions surrounding the “Baghdad Diarist” articles by Scott Thomas Beauchamp in The New Republic, we asked our Washington Editor Richard Miniter to look into how the respected opinion magazine could once again be the locus of such a scandal. Miniter spoke with several people involved in the extraordinary story, including the whistle-blower and a German woman who was Beauchamp’s fiancée until just before he married, of all people, Miniter discovered, a fact-checker at The New Republic. That fiancée said of her former boyfriend, the soldier/reporter: “He hates the army. The only reason he joined...
  • Saddam's WMD's on tape : where are they ?

    07/24/2007 8:56:30 AM PDT · by drzz · 41 replies · 1,677+ views
    VIDEO ^ | 07 24 2007 | drzz
    "The US intelligence agencies have seen WMD's in a Saddam's military parade in January 2002, WMD's which have not been found after the war." Richard Miniter, intelligence expert ("Iraq had WMDs" in 22 myths that undermine the war on terror, p. 104) Where are the trucks with the big missiles we see in this propaganda video of the Saddam's era ? There are extracts of many videos, but the footage about WMDs was made after 2002 - it is too good to have been made in the late 90's of before. It is probably the parade Miniter is talking about...
  • Richard Miniter: Al Qaeda flees Baghdad

    01/17/2007 9:11:20 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 88 replies · 2,527+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 16, 2007 | Richard Miniter
    Al Qaeda terrorists are fleeing Baghdad in advance of President Bush’s 21,500-man troop surge, a senior military intelligence officer told Pajamas Media today. Under orders from the al Qaeda commander in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, fighters are streaming toward the Diyala region of Iraq. The apparent evacuation of Baghdad by al Qaeda forces comes from direct orders issued by al-Masri, the former soldier who took control of the Iraqi wing of al Qaeda following the June 2006 bombing death of Zarqawi. Initially, the intelligence officer informed Pajamas, the Baghdad-based AQ fighters did not want to leave. Al-Masri had to send...
  • U.S. Hunts al Qaeda in Somalia - Richard Miniter (has details)

    01/09/2007 9:41:18 PM PST · by STARWISE · 33 replies · 1,912+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | 1-8-07 | RichardMiniter
    Spotted by Predator drone aircraft and sprayed with high-calibre bullets by an U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship, the U.S. military is hunting al Qaeda operatives in the southern toe of Somalia, according to CBS News. Special Forces Command (or SOCOM) has yet to confirm that the terrorists responsible for the August 7, 1998 embassy bombings—which killed 12 American diplomats and some 211 Africans—were slain in today’s strike. If the gunship’s rounds were on target, it is a major setback for al Qaeda in Africa. Following last year’s sweep by the Kenyans and activities in the Coromos Islands (off the coast...
  • The Berger Dossier: Pajamas Media makes the Inspector General's Official Report Public

    12/23/2006 4:00:01 PM PST · by Valin · 103 replies · 2,438+ views
    Pajamasmedia.com ^ | 12/22/06 | Richard Miniter
    PJM is making public on this website for the first time the report by the Inspector General’s office regarding Sandy Berger and his theft and destruction of classified national security documents — named in the report as, “The ‘W’ Intelligence Files.” This document was obtained for review by Pajamas Media. Berger, as the former National Security Adviser for the Clinton Administration, was granted sole access to these documents in order to vet them prior to their being turned over to the 9/11 Commission and congress. As this file shows, he used this position of trust to take a number of...
  • Richard Miniter: Clinton's Grand Failure

    09/29/2006 5:47:44 AM PDT · by kellynla · 26 replies · 1,446+ views
    The Australian News ^ | 29sep06 | Richard Miniter
    YESTERDAY I asked Chris Wallace if he was surprised. Wallace is the Fox News host who has become the talk of Washington for simply asking Bill Clinton if he thought he did enough to stop Osama bin Laden before the September 11 attacks. The former president had exploded in a rage at Wallace's question, alleging a conspiracy by America's most watched cable news outfit. He leaned deep into Wallace's personal space, jabbing his finger in his face. And it lasted minute after embarrassing minute. Yes, Wallace was surprised by both the intensity and the answer. Clinton's performance, his defenders say,...
  • Al Rantel show -- Richard Miniter says Gitmo prisoners caused lowered volume of National Anthem

    09/26/2006 7:25:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 22 replies · 601+ views
    Unbelievable. Richard Miniter, author of "Losing bin Laden," was just on with Al Rantel on KABC in Los Angeles. Besides talking about the McDonald's fishburgers for the prisoners and the 1,000 pro bono attorneys for 400 prisoners, he relayed a story that is beyond disgusting. At night, the camp played our National Anthem. The prisoners complained that it was too loud, AND WE ACTUALLY TURNED THE VOLUME WAY DOWN TO ACCOMMODATE THEM. This, folks, is how we lose this war. We fight a ruthless enemy with kid gloves.
  • A Deadly Kindness

    09/15/2006 3:35:54 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 20 replies · 853+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 15, 2006 | Richard Miniter
    A DEADLY KINDNESS AT GITMO, PC RULES LET QAEDAS PLOT ON By RICHARD MINITER September 15, 2006 -- GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA ON the military plane back from America's most fa mous terrorist holding pen, the in-flight film was "V for Vendetta," a screed that tries to justify terrorism. It was a fitting end to a surreal, military-sponsored trip. The Pentagon seemed to be hoping to disarm its critics by showing them how well it cares for captured terrorists. The trip was more alarming than disarming. I spent several hours with Rear Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., who heads the joint...