Skip to main content

You know that President Obama killing Osama is killing the GOP and wingers everywhere. They sound like stuck pigs as they try everything possible to diminish the achievement of removing the biggest bogeyman they ever created.  Anyone would have done the same thing.  Criticizing the spiking of the football, and whining about voters being reminded that Romney advised against it.

Now they think they have a smoking gun with a 'recently revealed CIA memo' that really will prove that President Obama not only had nothing to do with the mission or making the gutsy call but tried to pre-emptively shift the blame to Admiral McRaven should anything go wrong.

The text of the memo from then-director Leon Panetta reads:

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.

Ben Shapiro goes on to say:
This, of course, was the famed “gutsy call.  Only the 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.
Timing, operational decision making and control - you know, the military detail stuff you want your military commander to be in charge of. Giving him the authority to  make critical time-sensitive decisions in a fluidly changing landscape. Sounds like managerial leadership to me.

And former GWB Bush AG Michael Mukasey jumps into the fray in an op-ed in today's WSJ on the 'bragging rights' of the bin Laden mission:

Consider the events surrounding the operation. A recently disclosed memorandum from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta shows that the president's celebrated derring-do in authorizing the operation included a responsibility-escape clause.  

Which is to say, if the mission went wrong, the fault would be Adm. McRaven's, not the president's.

Really? It sounds like someone ensuring the mission would not go wrong. Sounds like a shrewd Commander in Chief to me, demanding any developments be reviewed with him before proceeding.   This memo is all over the rightwing blogs today, triumphantly (laughably in reality) 'proving' how President Obama has no bragging rights to the successful end result. Referring to it as 'heads I win, tails you lose'. Only, as VP Biden said, his Presidency would have been sunk if it had gone wrong.

.

.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site