President Obama Taking Credit for Bin Laden Raid. In a Memo from the CIA: An Admiral and former Navy SEAL Made the Decision.

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From IBD

Memo Reveals The ‘Gutsy’ Bin Laden Call That Wasn’t

April 27, 2012

Killing Bin Laden: Like so many others, the final decision to pull the trigger on the world’s most-wanted man was delegated to an admiral who undoubtedly would have been thrown under the bus had the mission failed.

It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s leadership and foreign policy bona fides were allegedly established by the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. A campaign film narrated by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks tells of the president’s alleged solitary, agonizing decision.

With apologies to Vice President Biden, maybe President Obama doesn’t carry quite as big a stick as Joe would lead us to believe.

As reported by Big Peace, Time magazine has obtained a memo written by Leon Panetta, then-director of the Central Intelligence Agency and now-Secretary of Defense, that says “operational decision-making and control” was really in the hands of William McRaven, a three-star admiral and former Navy SEAL.

“The timing, operational decision-making and control are in Adm. McRaven’s hands,” the memo says. “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.”

In other words, it was McRaven’s call to pull the trigger or not on the raid. [Emphasis added]

Some would say that this is a distinction without a difference, sort of like a head coach in football drawing up the game plan and letting his offensive coordinator actually call the plays. Then, technically, President George W. Bush gets the credit, since it was on his watch our war on terror was declared, Navy SEALs and Special Forces funding was increased and the hunt for Osama bin Laden began.

The Panetta memo, rather than presenting a profile in courage, says “approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the president.” This left enough wiggle room to blame the operation planners and controllers if the raid had gone as wrong as President Jimmy Carter’s famous failure to rescue American hostages held by Iran. This memo left room for the blame for another “Blackhawk Down” snafu to be blamed on anyone and everyone but President Obama.

Luckily, operational control was in McRaven’s hands, and the planning, execution and decision-making were virtually flawless.

It was McRaven, heading the Joint Special Operations Command, who, on Jan. 29, 2011, began to plan “finish options” for bin Laden alongside his counterparts in a 7th-floor CIA conference room. It was McRaven who commanded the helicopter assault against the al-Qaida leader’s redoubt in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

On that fateful night it was McRaven, linked by secure video from Jalalabad to the White House, who briefed the president, sitting in the corner of the “war room,” in real time as the operation progressed.

Finally, it was the courageous and well-trained Navy SEALs who put their lives on the line and got a small measure of revenge for Sept. 11, 2001. It is President Obama who is falsely taking all the credit.

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*Emphasis added for focal points***

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  1. Excellent facts and support comments below, especially with the added emphasis on his willingness to distance himself from the responsibility of killing the Seals if things went badly. Another example of his lack of honor and integrity.

    Military Viewpoint- O’bama has no honor

    The anniversary of D-day approaches and the Blu-Ray of Act of Valor comes soon.  In talking with military friends when all seems to go South at home, they know they always have each other.  It is the unwritten creed of loyalty and a bond few understand unless they have been to war together.  The guy in your foxhole has your back and you have hers or his,  it is their version of honor.  You do everything for your brothers and sisters in arms and put them first because you need them to do the same for you.  They don’t always openly discuss this with each other, it is understood.  The military loves it when a Commander in Chief gets this unspoken and unwritten creed of honor.  Bush landing on the aircraft carrier was his way of honoring them, and they knew it.  The media did not get it because they don’ t understand the bond.  Bush was found visiting the wounded vets in private at Walter Reid as another signal he honored their sacrifices.  The military know that O’bama doesn’t get it instinctively and has violated their creed on a number of occaisions.  The nail in the coffin for their vote came when he took credit for Bin Laden’s death and barely mentioned the men and women who actually sacrificed themselves to rid the world of this terrorist.  He put himself first before the soldiers and violated the honor creed.  Absurdly,  O’bama has little to show for his presidency so he is giving up the Vet and probably the Independent vote of 15 percent or more to really get nothing in return.  To think a man who consistently lies and thinks his lack of integrity will not hurt him in the election could actually be done in for a lack of honor, does make for a great lesson in human history and ethics.  On the other hand, where men and women daily give up their life’s blood in the service of others, there will always be honor and integrity.


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