Hasn’t Obama always taken credit for the successes of others, and blamed others for his failures? I’m sure many others have noticed that every vote getting step Teh Once has taken seems to boomerrang back fast and furious and explode in his face. Too bad. So Sad. It sucks to be Obama.
New CIA Memo Reveals Admiral, Not Obama, In Charge of bin Laden Raid; No “Gutsy Call” Was Ever Made
Posted by Aurelius at 10:25 PM
“With the one year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death less than one week away, the Obama Administration has been spiking the football for all its worth. The narrative that we have been told since May 1, 2011 is that President Obama made the call to kill bin Laden, with one aide even going so far as to say President Obama’s action was “one of the … gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory.”
The White House has run with this, milking bin Laden’s death for everything its worth. It’s even to the point where if go to “gutsycall.com,” your browser will automatically direct you to barackobama.com.
Honestly, if the final decisions were up to President Obama, and no other President would have even considered carrying out the raid that killed bin Laden, the President should have the right to use bin Laden’s death any way he sees fit. The problem is that the so-called “gutsy call” never existed. Putting aside the fact that any President with Mr. Obama’s intelligence information would have made the same call, a new memo released yesterday that Mr. Obama did not make the “final” call, nor was it terribly gutsy. Instead, it shows that the President merely authorized the possibility for going to Abbottabad… and left everything else up to Admiral William McRaven.
You can see the memo below, which was written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta (you can click on the image for better quality):
The memo reads:
“Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.
The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.”
In other words, everything from when to go in, what to do, and how to do it were all up to Admiral McRaven. The President played practically no role in bin Laden’s death other than being aware of it and allowing it… if bin Laden was indeed there. It wasn’t gutsy in the least, but one of Mr. Obama’s trademark non-committal commitments. If bin Laden wasn’t there and everything went south, he could have easily pointed to the memo and said, “Gee, I told them to get out if he wasn’t there!” Instead, bin Laden was there and the President took all the credit that he possibly could.
But there was no gutsy call. And there never was unless it was made by Admiral McRaven.”
President Obama’s campaign is hammering a Mitt Romney quote from five years ago to suggest — quite strongly — that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would not have had the guts to approve the Usama bin Laden raid if he were president.
This is the quote the campaign is using: “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
But here’s what Romney also said of bin Laden, when clarifying that comment just a few days later: “He will die.”
The “heaven-and-earth” quote is not a new revelation. Romney was challenged on that statement in 2007 during the Republican primary battle, and the former Massachusetts governor subsequently amended his remarks.
But the Obama campaign, which is standing by its controversial bin Laden ad in the face of withering GOP criticism, continues to omit reference to the rest of what Romney said about the fate bin Laden deserved.
The original quote came from an April 2007 interview with the Associated Press. Romney said in that interview he backs a broad strategy to defeat Islamic jihadists and that it’s “not worth moving heaven and earth” for one person. Romney said catching bin Laden would make the country safer by a “small percentage” — he added, a “very insignificant increase in safety.” Romney’s argument was that somebody else would replace bin Laden at the helm of Al Qaeda.
None other than Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee who is now defending Romney on the issue, criticized him for the April 2007 statement.
But at an MSNBC debate in May 2007, Romney gave a new explanation.
“Of course we get Usama bin Laden and track him wherever he has to go, and make sure he pays for the outrage he exacted upon America,” Romney said.
Asked if that meant moving heaven and earth, Romney said: “We’ll move everything to get him. But I don’t want to buy into the Democratic pitch that this is all about one person. … It’s more than Usama bin Laden. But he is going to pay, and he will die.”
Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs, speaking Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” conceded that Romney might hold a different position than his “heaven-and-earth” quote implied, though he made no reference to Romney’s 2007 debate comments.
“Maybe the comments he made a few years ago he admits are wrong, or he’s flip-flopped on yet another issue,” Gibbs said Sunday.
Gibbs described the message in the latest Obama campaign web video as “fair game,” and continued to question whether Romney would have approved the mission.
In that video, Bill Clinton praises Obama for his leadership in reviewing and approving the bin Laden raid, which was carried out nearly one year ago. The video then turns to the Romney quote and questions whether he would have shown the same leadership.
Republicans excoriated Obama for the ad. Romney adviser Ed Gillespie told “Meet the Press” that the president had taken a unifying moment for the country and turned it into a “divisive, partisan, political attack.”
Personally, I can’t help but be reminded of the scene in The Color Purple where Celie casts her Power toward Albert:
Celie: I curse you. Until you do right by me everything you think about is gonna crumble!
Albert: Who you think you is? You can curse nobody. Look at you. You’re black, you’re poor, you’re ugly, you’re a woman, you’re nothing at all!
Celie: Until you do right by me, everything you even think about gonna fail!