Obama Not in Control of Killing Osama bin Laden, CIA Memo Reveals

Posted in Left & Liberals, People - Barack Obama by americatimes on April 30, 2012 has this great report dispelling the myth of Obama’s so-called gutsy call to kill Osama Bin Laden. Obama brags about killing Osama bin Laden, but he fails to mention that the bin Laden mission was possible thanks to waterboarding techniques and to Admiral McRaven. A CIA memo reveals Admiral McRaven controlled the bin Laden mission — not Obama.

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What ‘Gutsy Call’?: CIA Memo Reveals Admiral Controlled bin Laden Mission – April 26, 2012
By Ben Shapiro

Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo [link below] written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama’s team to greenlight the bin Laden mission. Here’s the text, which summarized the situation:

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. (…)

…[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.



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