Barack Obama: Just Another Liar

The story, or rather stories, that Obama has told about the Osama bin Laden murder have run the gamut.  First, UBL took a wife for a shield.  Then it turns out she did it herself, willingly.  Then we get the name of the child that was killed wrong.  Osama having a weapon…wrong.  There just hasn’t been any details that are reliable thus far.

We are told by the Obama camp that the fog of war created confusion.  And I may get that, but for one detail:  that Obama lied about watching the event as it happened.  He even went so far as to release a picture of him and his “crew” watching the murder unfold.

Honestly, it looks bad.  A few years ago China claimed to have went to space and actually performed a space walk.  To bolster their claim, they released footage of their spacewalk.  Almost immediately it was noticed that there were, strangely, bubbles in their video.  Not some artifact of processing, but rather actual bubbles.  The footage was not of a spacewalk but instead was training footage from underwater.

How stupid do you have to be to try to pass underwater training video off as a real spacewalk?  Even more, how stupid do you have to be to lie about watching an event that you didn’t watch?  And then have your CIA head sell you out by telling everyone that it is not true?

Yeah, we look pretty bad now.  It would be like Wal Mart being taken over by 4 year olds.  Our foreign policy is almost as big a failure as our domestic policy.  We have spent our great grandchildrens retirement to prop up two needless wars.    And now we not only look like bully a-holes to the rest of the world, but our leadership is an obvious caricature of amateur hour.

WASHINGTON — Taut and riveting, the photo takes the world inside history: Around a lacquered table in the Situation Room, the president and his team are watching a heart-pounding hunt for a killer, Osama bin Laden.

President Barack Obama leans forward, deadly serious. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds her right hand over her mouth, a worried look on her face. Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Robert Gates stare stone-faced. So do the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the national security adviser and the White House chief of staff.

So what exactly were they watching on that video screen?

What’s clear is that Obama viewed and listened to updates by the minute on the mission to get bin Laden in his secure compound in Pakistan.

It appears the president would have been able to see one of two U.S. helicopters fall and land hard inside the compound just as the SEALs started sliding down the rope, indicating that the risky mission was not going as planned. Obama was getting the same feed as the one being piped into an operations center at CIA headquarters, an aerial view of the compound. A U.S. official described the tense moments at Langley of the hard helicopter landing, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the classified operation.

CIA Director Leon Panetta said the president and his team were not getting a direct video feed of the floor-by-floor raid as U.S. commandos searched for, found and killed bin Laden in his compound.

Obama never saw the moment when bin Laden was shot dead.

In fact, the tension in the Situation Room was caused largely by the agonizing wait that the president and his team had to endure before learning just what was happening.

“Once those teams went into the compound, I can tell you, there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know exactly what was going on,” Panetta told PBS. “And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.”

The White House refuses to say exactly what was happening in the moment captured by Pete Souza, the chief official White House photographer for Obama. Officials said that revealing details could disclose sensitive information about how such operations are run.

“The president and his top national security aides in the Situation Room had available to them minute-by-minute updates on the operation, and that photograph was taken during the operation,” Obama spokesman Jay Carney said. “I can’t get more specific than that.”

The split screens in the Situation Room allowed for Obama to get accounts from different locations.

Military leaders were in the Pentagon, in the National Military Command Center, monitoring the operation. From there, Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, communicated with those in the Situation Room via videoconference as the operation progressed, providing updates and seeking decisions from the president when needed.

Meanwhile, Panetta was at the CIA, and his image was piped up on the screen in the Situation Room as he, too, communicated with those there.

He and CIA employees were gathered in his conference room near his office on the seventh floor of the CIA, which was turned into a makeshift operations post.

Panetta was overseeing the mission and was in touch with the one who commanded the mission on site, Adm. William McRaven, head of the Joint Special Forces Command. A U.S. official in the room said the CIA team had the same audio and video feed that was being piped into the White House.

One video feed came from aerial surveillance of the compound from above. There was also a video feed from some of the commandos’ helmets, though it was not clear that the officials at the CIA and the White House could see the helmet cameras as well.

Panetta said: “We did not have direct flow of information as to the conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.” After the tense 20 or 25 minutes, McRaven reported back that commandos had bin Laden.

Regardless of the specific details, the photo from the Situation Room drew intense reactions.

“It demonstrates the intensity and emotion for the nation’s key leaders, who carry the burden of these decisions,” said Juan Zarate, a top White House counterterrorism official under President George W. Bush and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “This was a very risky operation. And the risk is evident in the eyes of the president and the gestures of the secretary of state.”

Associated Press writers Kimberly Dozier and Lolita C. Baldor contributed to this report.


What makes me even more uncomfortable is the way Panetta just blew off the presidents report.  There was a report a couple of days ago where it was claimed that not only had Panetta created a “secret” task force looking for Osama.  But that this task force reported only to him, and now one else knew about it (including Congress and our POTUS).  A different report has the CIA claiming that they “over ruled Obama.”  Obama was indecisive about whether or not to kill Osama, so the CIA made the determination to give kill authorization without Obama’s approval.

Not sure if any of those reports are true.  Not even sure if Obama could see the raid (as he may have, and Panetta is lying to protect a capability that isn’t so well known).  But the CIA, having its ability to act outside of legal jurisdiction, makes me extremely uncomfortable.

2 Responses to “Barack Obama: Just Another Liar”

  1. Nice post and as I was reading I was wondering why a photographer would have been allowed in the Situation room as such an historic event was unfolding? So much for the national security bs excuses they use on the public.

    • well, like any “celebrity” they will stage and control any event possible in order to drive perception.

      Besides, the military has photogs with security clearance.

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