What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound.
RE Osama Bin Laden. Significant push to take him out months ago. Senior WH staff resisted. This was cause of much strain between HC and Obama/Jarrett. HC and LP were in constant communication over matter – both attempted to convince administration to act. Administration feared failure and resulting negative impact on president. Intel disgusted over politics over national security. Staff resigned/left. Check timeline to corroborate.
via Billy Beck.
And the slimey little Chicago thug is going to ride to re-election on his decisive action to take out Osama? A decision he decisively decided immediately upon taking office, in contrast to his indecisive predecessor?
I love this picture, which is an official WH release:
Note The Big O pushed back into a corner, hunched over, all but gnawing his knuckles, clearly not in the command seat. He doesn’t even have a laptop.The only person less important than the President is the girl in the upper right craning to see around the men in front of her.
How the hell does his White House press staff not realize how deadly stuff like this is?
(Incidentally, that is a low res version of a very high res original. Many interesting details can be seen, although a few, like a photo lying in front of Clinton, are obscured.)
Also, this from Radly Balko:
because of the actions of one guy [Osama bin Laden], we allowed all the bullet points above to happen. That we managed to kill him a decade after the September 11 attacks is symbolically important, but hardly seems worth the celebrations we saw across the country last night. There was something unsettling about watching giddy crowds bounce around beach balls and climb telephone polls last night, as if they were in the lawn seats at a rock festival. Solemn and somber appreciation that an evil man is gone seemed like the more appropriate reaction.
Yes, bin Laden the man is dead. But he achieved all he set out to achieve, and a hell of a lot more. He forever changed who we are as a country, and for the worse. Mostly because we let him. That isn’t something a special ops team can fix.
Osama did not achieve all he set out to. He set out to put America under sharia law, or to destroy us. Destroying our liberty doesn’t count.
We’ve lost our liberty to the depredations of socialist wreckers like Obama and his party, and their weak sisters in the Republican party. Osama was merely the excuse they used to bring about the culmination of a long standing program.
Without the doctrines of political correctness, multiculturalism, and moral equivalency, we would have fought a serious war against our real enemies, instead of suffering the drawn out agonies of forcing our liberties on enemies that do not want them while depriving ourselves of those same liberties.
dramatis personae in the photo from the WH flickr feed:
Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
This list leaves out several people, starting with the seated man on the far left.
Notably missing from the photo: Leon Panetta, director of the CIA.