Monday, July 30, 2012


I haven't read the full story at the Daily Caller because I keep getting malware warnings when I click on the link, but I've looked at what others have written about it, and I've at least managed to read this much:
At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.

In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the "kill" mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama's close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time, according to the book....
I guess what we're being told is that the killing of Osama bin Laden doesn't really count because it was delayed. It doesn't matter that bin Laden's dead. It doesn't matter that the president ordered the mission to go forward -- he could have ordered it sooner, so it's as if he never ordered it at all.

You know what else was like that? 9/11 itself. At least that's what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said when he was interrogated. This is from The Eleventh Day, a Pulitzer-nominated book about 9/11 by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. They base this on reports from KSM's interrogations:
At one point that spring [2001], with no more justification than that the number 7 was by tradition auspicious, bin Laden urged KSM to bring forward the hijackings and strike on May 12. That date, he pointed out, would be exactly seven months after the successful attack on the Cole. KSM told him the team was not yet ready.

In mid-June, following reports in the media that Israel's prime minister Ariel Sharon was within days due to visit President Bush at the White House, bin Laden bombarded KSM with requests for the operation to be activated at once....

KSM, however, again persuaded bin Laden that precipitate action would be ill-advised.
So those guys reportedly delayed their mission as well. By Daily Caller logic, that means 9/11 doesn't really count as a terrorist act -- 3,000 people didn't really die.


Of course, following that logic, it doesn't really matter whether bin Laden is dead or not, does it?


Victor said...

Fools rush in, as W proved.

And Obama proves that wise men weight the odds.

Ten Bears said...

9/11 wasn't a big deal - or more accurately it hasn't turned out to be the big deal hoped for. No one woke up to the smell of the coffee, and the chickens continue to come home to roost.

binLaden, if it was binLaden, won.

Steve M. said...

The Kochs won, because 9/11 added to Bush tax cuts and Bush regulatory neglect hastened the process whereby we concluded that we just don't have enough money to maintain even our inadequate social safety net.

Kay said...

Let's step back a moment to consider how credible is a source who names his book, "Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him." Guess I'll just wander over o Amazon and see what they have to say. Oh, look! the first line of the review is, "Barack Obama has never been fully vetted—until now." I'd better see what else Richard Miniter has written. Ah, here are a few titles: "Jack Bauer for President: Terrorism and Politics in 24" and "Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror" are 2 of his opuses (opi?). So I'm thinking maybe we should just write this book off as right-wing propaganda, no?