Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The rest of the story?

At least one apparently longtime credible source is alleging to NewsFlavor that it was in fact CIA head Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who gave the go-ahead for the raid on Osama Bin Laden, specifically overriding Dear Leader and his incompetent political minion Valerie Jarrett: 

"Please get this out ASAP. Want specific people to know we know.

RE Osama Bin Laden. Significant push to take him out months ago. Senior WH staff resisted. This was cause of much strain between HC and Obama/Jarrett. HC and LP were in constant communication over matter – both attempted to convince administration to act. Administration feared failure and resulting negative impact on president. Intel disgusted over politics over national security. Staff resigned/left. Check timeline to corroborate."


"IMPORTANT SPECIFIC: When 48 hour go order issued, CoC was told, not requested. Administration scrambled to abort. That order was overruled. This order did not originate from CoC. Repeat – this order did not originate from CoC. He complied, but did not originate."

A very thorough and plausible-sounding followup interview of the same source is here.

(We note with wry amusement that the accompanying picture of the war room clearly shows that the president had to cut short his weekly golf outing in order to go play Commander-in-Chief.  That must have irritated him to no end.)

This is a very interesting scenario if proven true, and sadly one which makes much more sense given the known personalities and political tendencies of both Clinton and Obama. We had been wondering where the president had suddenly found the guts to make such a quick and pointed military decision when we are so accustomed to seeing him do precisely the opposite over and over by waffling and wavering over every issue, especially those involving national security.  This kind of aggressive operation seems much more like Hillary than anyone else in that administration, and if that's indeed the case she deserves the resulting kudos and praise, not Dear Leader.

Now we just need an inquisitive mainstream media reporter to follow up on this story.  There's got to be at least one of them out there.


Chris Mallory said...

This sounds like a coup or mutiny. The "supposed" leader's minions ignored his express orders and acted against them.
This killing was bad enough for the rule of law, but this takes it beyond the pale.

Bike Bubba said...

Keep in mind that it's anonymous, or gossip, right now. If the person really heard this, he needs to come forward, as we the people deserve to learn whether our President actually had difficulty deciding whether to off Osama.

Even for a ditherer, that's pretty bad.