Happy Commie Day
It’s May Day, so go hug a commie. You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one, because they’ve planned events all over the world. In the U.S. the occupy folks plan on participating in a “general strike” against “a system that does not work for us.”
Like most commie leaders, Obama is taking it easy today.
10:30 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:00 am || Meets with senior advisers
4:30 pm || Meets with Defense Secretary Panetta
Of course, all that football spiking is prolly wearing him out. Here, he addresses his role in the event. Smirk warning.
‘I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did,’ Mr Obama said. ‘If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they’d do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.’
Go ahead and admit it; when he said that, with that smirk on his face, you wanted to throw something.
The irony is rich, though – Obama as a man of his word? Yea, about that … Peter Kirsanow has a nice list of things he’s said. A few of my favorites:
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
“My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.”
“I will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American people an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website.”
“No political appointee in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.”
The Seals are not very happy about Obama using the OBL killing in his re-election:
A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.
‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’
Even Jimmy Carter would have made the call, as Romney said yesterday.
‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.’
Senior military figures have said that Admiral William McRaven, a former SEAL who was then head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the decision to take bin Laden out. Tactical decisions were delegated even further down the chain of command.
In addition, Obama’s “Gutsy Call” apparently had an escape clause for blame.
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.
But, of course, the mission went pretty well. When George W Bush announced the capture of Saddam Hussein, the speech went like this:
He called that success “a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq.” He attributed it to “the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers. . . . Their work continues, and so do the risks.”
He did mention himself at the end: “Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them.”
The I-Me-Mine President announcing the killing of OBL did things a little differently:
“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 . . .”
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