It’s hard not to notice the crass message coordination coming from Obama sycophants in the wake the Navy Seals operation that took out Osama Bin Laden, last week. The UK Telegraph’s Toby Harnden, compiled a list of Dems who have stayed impressively on message with the “gutsy call” theme. Natl. Sec. Adviser John Brennan, Senator John Kerry, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Leon Panetta , Denis McDonagh, and Middle East Institute President Wendy Chamberlain should all be congratulated for their fidelity to the cause (aka Obama 2012).
As Bruce McQuain notes:
One thing about the Dems when they want to try to sell something they are very good at syncing the talking points.
In an attempt to make the Jr. Chipmunk sitting in the small chair in the so-called “iconic” photo seem more than he is, we have our word of the day as spread by the usual suspects.
This latest obvious message coordination brings to mind that conference call from not too long ago in which a certain Dem Senator was overheard telling other Senators what to tell reporters re budget negotiations with the GOP.
He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as “extreme.”
“I always use extreme, Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use.”
Substitute “extreme” for “gutsy”, as in “I always use gutsy”.
Dems are making sure they label a President known for his indecisiveness as “gutsy”.
We now know that the OBL’s complex had been discovered in August of last year, and the CIA had been watching it ever since. There had been a high degree of confidence that he was in the house for months.
Even though Panetta believed we had “the best evidence since [the 2001 battle of] Tora Bora [where bin Laden was last seen]” that we had OBL’s location , he was only able to convince Obama to go ahead with the mission on Friday, 4/29. That’s when the president finally authorized the helicopter mission and made his order official in a signed letter.
What else was he gonna do?
We can all be glad bin Laden is dead but the administration turning this into some kind of proof of Obama’s toughness is little more than juvenile. The fact is that killing bin Laden, or attempting to kill him, was the only choice that Obama had. The fact that he has dithered over this decision for two months and at the eleventh hour took a 16 hour nap to think on the subject should give every American call for alarm not thanksgiving. Regardless of the political fallout from the raid, the vague “significant consequences” Obama mentioned on 60 Minutes, we all would have forgiven him for doing something to kill bin Laden.
Roger L. Simon: The Reluctant Assassination of Osama:
Did Barack Obama want to assassinate Osama bin Laden? He may have at some point, because he gave the ultimate order, or allowed it to happen. But I suspect the president was deeply ambivalent.
It’s not just his postmodern worldview that suggests this reluctance. It is the discombobulated aftermath of the killing, the weirdly botched reportage featuring such events as cabinet members in the situation room supposedly watching a (we learned) non-existent streaming video of the action and the statement that bin Laden — who had been under surveillance for months from a CIA safe house — was living in a million dollar mansion.
That was dialed down within a day or two to $250,000 and then revealed, in videos, to be close to a slum. In fact, OBL’s squalid living conditions made the hated Guantanamo seem like the Four Seasons. If the SEALs had taken him alive, it would have been an upgrade.
Ron Futrell of Big Journalism: Obama and 60 Minutes, Spiking The Football
Virtually every question was phrased as a lay-up for Obama to bring more attention to himself and to allow him to “spike the football” over and over again. Spiking the football is what Dear Leader accused us little serfs in the Outer Realm of doing had we seen the dead bin Laden photos. We wouldn’t know how to control ourselves. Instead, the White House has now become like DeSean Jackson running across the goal line and throwing the ball in the stands.
“After you make the decision to go ahead, you have, like this incredible week, you surveyed the tornado damage in Alabama, you took your family to the Shuttle launch and this was all going on, you knew what was going to happen?” I was waiting for Kroft to say that Obama also stopped Global Warming, caused the seas to abate and found the Lindbergh Baby during that week.
Oh, it gets better—“Did you have to suppress the urge to tell someone, did you wanna tell somebody, did you want to tell Michelle, did you tell Michelle? Ya, Steve—he told The Rock, didn’t you see Dwayne Johnson’s tweets breaking the news?
Obama never answered the question about Michelle, and I don’t think anybody really cares. I was waiting for Kroft to ask Obama how many cigarettes he smoked during that week and what he scored for the nine holes he played on Super Sunday.
As for the room that day where they watched, “What was the mood?” Answer: “Tense.”
“Were you nervous?” Answer: “Yes.”
Brilliant stuff there.
Pretty mockworthy stuff, which White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler has some fun with: White House Dossier Gets Fawning Interview with Obama!
WHD: Now, How did you handle the incredible tension in the Situation Room the day you took out Bin Laden?
Obama: It’s all part of being a leader, of being, you know, basically a badass.
WHD: Yes, absolutely
Obama: And I was there for the others. I noticed Hillary about to collapse, and I comforted here with a hug and a shot of tequilla. But me, you know, I have to admit, it was tense. But I can handle it. I just can.
WHD: Is the story true that your national security aides were divided on this, but you just knew what had to be done?
Obama: Yes, some of my advisers were sissies. They were wringing their hands, and pissing on themselves.
Me, I knew we only had a 50-50 shot. It could have gone either way. But I just said, “Sometimes, folks, you just have to go for it. You have to trust your gut. You have to say, ‘Danger? Risk? Bring it on! Tension? Uncertainty? I eat if for breakfast!’ America needed to bag this dude. And so I sad, ‘Go for it, punk. Make my day. A man has to do what a man has to do.’ And so forth.”
Obama: Would you like a glass of water?
WHD: No, I’m OK. And what did you say after you knew you’d killed Bin Laden?
Obama: I was as taciturn and cool as John Wayne putting his gun back in his holster. I just said, “We got him.”
WHD: Hot damn!