As the anniversary of the demise of Osama bin Laden approaches, the weirdos on the political right suddenly are upping the ante with regard to their disrespect for the role President Obama played in taking out the infamous terrorist leader.
Previously, the wingnuts had contented themselves with merely arguing that what Obama did was no big deal and that he deserved no credit at all.
But now the extremists have a new theme. The loonies over at Breitbart.com have seized upon the recent emergence of a note written by CIA director Leon Panetta just before the effort to nail bin Laden was undertaken. The note read:
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.
The wackos at Breitbart interpret the note thusly:
[T]he memo doesn’t show a gutsy call. It doesn’t show a president willing to take the blame for a mission gone wrong. It shows a CYA maneuver by the White House.
The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.
The Booman Tribune DEFTLY REBUTS the Breitbart nonsense by noting that Obama changed the operational plan to provide cover for the Navy SEALS in case they had to fight their way out of the bin Laden compound in Pakistan. “That decision,” says Booman, “proved critical to the success of the mission.”
[Obama] made a decision to intrude on Pakistan’s sovereignty and to have commandos raid an armed compound in the middle of a city (Pakistan’s version of West Point, no less) in the middle of the night. There was a chance that bin-Laden wasn’t there. There was a chance that they’d kill innocent people. There was a chance that the commandos would be killed or captured. An international incident was assured regardless of the outcome of the raid. And Obama didn’t have the cover of unanimity among his advisers. His defense secretary, a Republican, was against it.
He considered all that, and then he ordered the mission anyway. And it went according to plan. And the one thing that went wrong (the helicopter crash) was only put right because of Obama’s intervention in the operational plan.
There’s more on this HERE.