Obama to Deliver Campaign Speech Tonight from Afghanistan; Updated: Mark Levin Weighs In
Another taxpayer-financed campaign event by the Campaigner-in-Chief. In tonight’s installment, the 50% of us who actually pay taxes have the privilege of funding Obama’s excellent adventure to Afghanistan where he’ll deliver a prime-time campaign speech in which he’ll once again remind us that he was President and, thus, deserves full credit for the decade of hard work by the military and intelligence services that ultimately led to bin Laden’s demise. If you believe Obama’s people, though, none of this would have been possible if not for Generalissimo Obama’s brilliant military mind.
Obama, naturally, denies he’s “spiking the football” as he brazenly attempts to take credit for the operation. The Navy Seals, who actually have a right to take credit for bin Laden’s death, have a different view and are less than thrilled by Obama’s politicization of their hard work. Via Toby Harnden:
Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.
The SEALs spoke out to MailOnline after the Obama campaign released an ad entitled ‘One Chance’.
Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, said: ‘The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call.
‘I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort.’
Mr Zinke, who is now a Republican state senator in Montana, added that MR Obama was exploiting bin Laden’s death for his re-election bid. ‘The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.’
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.’
Chris Kyle, a former SEAL sniper with 160 confirmed and another 95 unconfirmed kills to his credit, said: ‘The operation itself was great and the nation felt immense pride. It was great that we did it.
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.
A former intelligence official who was serving in the US government when bin Laden was killed said that the Obama administration knew about the al-Qaeda leader’s whereabouts in October 2010 but delayed taking action and risked letting him escape.
What makes Obama’s attempt to politicize the bin Laden operation even more ludicrous is the fact that he actively opposed the intelligence gathering techniques which directly led to bin Laden’s death. Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, was on Sean Hannity’s show last night and details the fact that these techniques resulted in the discovery of a “clear trail” from the Gitmo detainees to bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout that the intelligence services were eventually able to follow.
HANNITY: All right. The President is now taking credit for getting Bin Laden. If he had his way of closing Gitmo, ending enhanced interrogations which calling people like yourself torturers, would we have gotten Bin Laden?
RODRIGUEZ: We got a lot of information from the detainees that eventually led us to Bin Laden.
HANNITY: And that’s a fact.
RODRIGUEZ: And that’s a fact.
HANNITY: You would there, and you know, and you saw, you watched this unfold?
RODRIGUEZ: What concerns me is that there is still doubt out there. People are doubting, you know, the amount of information that we got from these programs that gave us the basis to go after al-Qaeda and destroy al- Qaeda, the al-Qaeda that attacked us on 9/11 is just amazing and yet, you know…
HANNITY: So, you don’t think we would have gotten Bin Laden without the techniques leading to intelligence?
RODRIGUEZ: The reason why is because there is a clear trail. There was someone that we captured, a facilitator that we captured in 2004 that told us about Bin Laden’s courier and gave us a pseudo name, Akhmeid Al- Kuwaiti. And eventually we got the two name of Al-Kuwaiti.
HANNITY: So the president is really not, look, I give the president credit for making the decision to get Bin Laden. I give SEAL Team 6 all the credit and all the people in the intelligence, but without these techniques, the things he opposed wouldn’t have allowed him to make that decision. Is that a fair statement?
RODRIGUEZ: That is a fair statement.
To sum up, Obama actively opposed the very actions that led to the bin Laden operation by Seal Team 6, and now wants us to believe that he was not only on board all the time, but deserves the lion’s share of the credit. The mainstream media may be lapping this stuff up, but not me. To watch Hannity’s interview with Rodriguez, click the video below. (The whole video is good, but the part referenced above begins at about the 1:50 mark.)
Update: Mark Levin took time today to comment on Obama’s politicization of the anniversay of bin Laden’s death. Click image below to listen: