The REAL Hero of the bin-Laden Raid
Vol: 128 Issue: 24 Thursday, May 24, 2012
One of the many narratives the Obama administration is floating in the hope of deflecting the administration’s record is the killing of Osama bin-Laden. According to the liberal media, the decision to get bin-Laden is evidence of the president’s courage and decisiveness.
Indeed, the decision to send in the Navy Seals has been hailed as everything from “gutsy” to “heroic” and President Obama has done everything but pose with a photo of the dead terrorist’s corpse as if it were a nine-point buck.
(I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the re-election team realized what an opportunity they had missed and called in their Photoshop experts to rectify their error.)
Yesterday, the news broke that Team Obama had invited two Hollywood producers behind the scenes access to classified information and to the Navy Seals who were involved in the bin-Laden raid so that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal could produce a movie that properly highlighted the presidential heroics that ultimately took down the world’s most wanted terrorist.
“The filmmakers were shown a classified facility, whose name was redacted in the released documents, and toured CIA vaults. They were also shown the CIA’s replica of Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Peter King, the Republican chairman of the Congressional Homeland Security committee, said on Wednesday the documents told a “damning story of extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration” with filmmakers.
King asked: “If this facility is so secret that the name cannot even be seen by the public, then why in the world would the Obama administration allow filmmakers to tour it?”
To answer Representative King’s rhetorical question: One reason for letting them see the secret stuff was so they would have some concrete background facts that they could use so that the fictional part of the story doesn’t seem so made-up.
“The documents also show how the filmmakers are attempting to construct a narrative of the years leading up to Bin Laden’s death, including debates among CIA and White House officials and rehearsals of the maneuver in the final weeks of preparation.” (LATimes)
After all, if the filmmakers had ultra-top-secret access and the final product makes President Obama look as if they had to hold him back from leading the raid himself, won’t the “behind the scenes” access make the Hollywood version more believable to the easily-led?
That was the argument pitched to the DoD by the producers, if the LATimes got the story right.
“Part of the challenge for us is to capture how difficult this was because there is a version of it that in hindsight, it just looks like it fell into place,” Boal told Department of Defense officials at a meeting last July, according to a transcript. “That is why I just wanted to ask you hypothetically about what could have happened wrong, because it makes it more dramatic when it all goes right.”
Boal’s commitment to exploit the drama of the raid was echoed by a senior Pentagon official, Michael Vickers.
“Judicial Watch says that it has a June 13, 2011, email in which Vickers advises Douglas Wilson, the Pentagon’s public affairs chief, that the Defense Department “would like to shape the story to prevent any gross inaccuracies,” but it did not “want to make it look like the commanders think it’s okay to talk to the media”.
So they wanted to “shape the story” but didn’t want it to look like that is what they were doing. So when they were asked point-blank, the White House sent press secretary Jay Carney out to deny the charges.
“At the time, White House spokesman Jay Carney rejected King’s suggestion that security had been compromised as “ridiculous” and denied the White House had disclosed any classified information to the filmmakers.”
A denial that we now know, beyond a shadow of the doubt, was a bald-faced, steely-eyed, unmitigated lie.
A new book by former Navy Seal Chuck Pfarrer calls the White House version of the killing of Osama bin Laden a “fairy-tale” embellished by the administration to help the president’s re-election chances. Pfarrer said the administration was so eager to take credit for the killing that they compromised national security to do so.
“There was a choice that night,” Pfarrer told TheDC. “There was a choice to keep the mission secret.” America, Pfarrer explained, could have left things alone for “weeks or months … even though there was evidence left on the ground there … and use the intelligence and finish off al-Qaida.”
But Obama’s announcement, he said, “rendered moot all of the intelligence that was gathered from the nexus of al-Qaida. The computer drives, the hard drives, the videocasettes, the CDs, the thumb drives, everything. Before that could even be looked through, the political decision was made to take credit for the operation.”
And if that isn’t embarrassing enough . . .
“And in the days that followed, as politicians sought to thrust their identities into the details of the bin Laden kill, the tale began to grow out of control, said Pfarrer.”
Retired General Jack Keane is a four star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. He is currently a defense analyst serving as Chairman of the Board for the Institute for the Study of War.
General Keane holds the Distinguished Service medal, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit . . . this is a serious soldier whose service is to his whole country, Republican and Democrat alike.
General Keane told Governor Mike Huckabee on his program that Obama knew where Osama was for almost a year, but wouldn’t take a chance until he had absolute, incontrovertible proof that Osama was living there and that he would be home before he would order a raid.
Former Attorney General Michael Mulkasey wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Obama administration had drafted a memo aimed at protecting the president from blame if the raid went wrong.
“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: “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.”
“Which is to say, if the mission went wrong, the fault would be Adm. McRaven’s, not the president’s. Moreover, the president does not seem to have addressed at all the possibility of seizing material with intelligence value—which may explain his disclosure immediately following the event not only that bin Laden was killed, but also that a valuable trove of intelligence had been seized, including even the location of al Qaeda safe-houses. That disclosure infuriated the intelligence community because it squandered the opportunity to exploit the intelligence that was the subject of the boast.”
General Mulkasey distilled Obama’s announcement down to its component elements to demonstrate how many times the President credited himself for the operation:
“I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority . . . even as I continued our broader effort. . . . Then, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community I was briefed . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . And finally last week I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . .”
And so, now we come to the point of today’s briefing — the real hero of the bin Laden raid. His name is Dr. Shakeel Afridi. Recall that President Obama knew where Osama was for almost a year, but demanded proof positive.
The CIA recruited Dr. Afridi, a Pakistani national, to help the CIA use a vaccination campaign to collect DNA samples from residents of bin-Laden’s compound.
There is no doubt that Dr. Afridi was risking his life to work with the CIA in Pakistan. There is also little doubt the CIA made Dr. Afridi lots of promises of protection in addition to whatever other provisions were made to secure his cooperation.
So, Dr. Afridi was dispatched by Team Obama to confirm Osama bin-Laden’s presence at the compound in Abbotabad — at great risk to his own life. Then the administration spiked the football and did a victory lap, while the Pakistani ISI went to work on figuring out who helped nail bin-Laden.
Thanks to the administration’s crowing about its own heroics, the ISI was able to identify Dr. Afridi in less than three weeks. He was arrested and charged with treason.
Yesterday, Dr. Afridi was sentenced to thirty-three years in a Pakistani prison. The Obama administration expressed “outrage” — and then quickly changed the subject back to what a “gutsy call” it was on Obama’s part.
The doctor that helped us cried as they led him away. . .
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)