“I’m not going to confirm John Brennan or anyone else until the administration shares information with the Congress about who deleted references to al Qaeda three weeks before the election. I think it was purposefully done and I want to know who did it and why before we move forward,” Graham told Brett Baier on Tuesday’s Special Report.
“And what did the President do during the seven hours?” Graham continued as he made the following point showing not a hint of sarcasm in his expression: “They’re making two movies about his strong leadership during the bin Laden raid – this administration leaked every detail about the bin Laden raid so the whole world would know how strong they are on national security, but when you have a major debacle like Benghazi, you can’t get the basic information four months later.”
Damn straight. And of course the truth is – Obama didn’t show strong leadership on the Bin Laden raid, at all. According to investigative journalist Richard Miniter, it was Obama’s Greatest Foreign Policy Failure.
Never mind the fact that he raced before the cameras to take credit for bin Laden’s death only hours after he was buried at sea, putting publicity above victory and security. As Miniter noted, “Obama forgot the two trash bags of papers, hard drives and thumb drives that the SEALs had dragged from bin Laden’s lair. Those documents and devices contained a treasure trove of intelligence: the whereabouts of al Qaeda’s senior commanders, the secret sources of funds, its hideouts, its sleeper cells, its pending plots.”
With a few weeks to translate and analyze those captured documents, the CIA and other services could have been providing actionable intelligence to guide commandos to the secret locations of al Qaeda leaders all over the world. With the element of surprise and clearly defined targets, nearly every al Qaeda leader could have been killed or captured.
The entire al Qaeda apparatus could have been wiped out. The terror organization could have been eliminated.
Never mind that he chose to have bin Laden executed rather than captured even though it would have been an tremendous military asset to have had the leader of al Qaeda captured and answering questions.
No, the best part is, regardless of what Dear Leader and his media toadies say – his so called “gutsy call” wasn’t so gutsy after all.
The Obama campaign has insisted on describing the bin Laden mission as a “gutsy call,” an example of the president’s leadership abilities. So far, the press has failed to probe the planning stages of the operation; preferring to stick with the White House’s official narrative that begins about 24 hours before the raid.
But career military and intelligence officials tell a different story.
In my new book, Leading From Behind, I document three times in 2011 in which the planning for the bin Laden raid was stopped or stalled.
The Daily Caller and others in the conservative media reported the story in July of 2012: Book bombshell: Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at Jarrett’s urging.
Of course the MSM had no interest in this story.
The Washington Post headlined the story on March 22, 2008, “Rice Apologizes For Breach of Passport Data; Employees Looked at Files On Obama, Clinton, McCain.”
The “Rice” in question was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The offended party in the Post story was Barack Obama. He told reporters that he expected “a full and thorough investigation,” one that “should be done in conjunction with those congressional committees that have oversight function so it’s not simply an internal matter.”
It was not until the 13th paragraph of the Post story that the reader learned that of one of the three contract employees caught in the act worked for the Analysis Corporation, the CEO of which was Brennan.
The Post did report that Brennan donated $2,300 to the Obama campaign but suggested no deeper tie. This information was offset by the revelation that the other two culpable contract employees worked for Stanley Inc., whose CEO, Philip Nolan, contributed $1,000 to the Clinton campaign.
Stanley, however, had been handling passport work for 15 years and had just been awarded a five-year, $570 million contract. The company had no reason to play favorites in the 2008 campaign. It promptly fired the two employees, neither of whom was likely working at the directive of Nolan or of the Clinton campaign.
Unlike Stanley Inc., a huge government contractor listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Analysis Corp. had fewer than 100 employees, and its one culpable employee apparently escaped discipline. The Post article told us only that “his or her employment status is under review.”
Nor was Brennan a casual donor to the Obama campaign. To its credit, CNN Politics saw the real news angle in the passport scandal: “Chief of firm involved in breach is Obama adviser.” Having made this point, CNN and the rest of the media fell silent.