The above photo, into which some suspect the curiously shrunken President was photoshopped, was touted as depicting the moment(s) when Obama made “the gutsiest call in years,” namely killing bin-Laden. Joe Biden’s going around talking about that. The Obama campaign even came out with a video of Bill Clinton insinuating it was such a “gutsy call” that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have done it. Bill must be talking from experience, since Bill certainly didn’t,
Throughout the Nineties, bin Laden attacked US targets – military housing, ships, embassies – and Bill Clinton refused to respond. In 2000, after 17 sailors were killed on the USS Cole, Clinton’s Defense Secretary Bill Cohen said the attack “was not sufficiently provocative” to warrant a response.
So the question comes up, WHAT ‘GUTSY CALL’?: CIA MEMO REVEALS ADMIRAL CONTROLLED BIN LADEN MISSION
The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.
Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion looks at what happened after,
But the killing of one person has been against the backdrop of a complete disaster for the United States throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
North Africa is or is on the way to domination by radical Islamists. We pushed Mubarak out without any transition, and the Muslim Brotherhood and even more extreme Islamists are nearing control. The same is true in Libya and Tunisia.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban are resurgent, waiting out Obama’s timeline for withdrawal. In Iraq, the Iranians have extended their influence and the nation again is dividing along sectarian lines, with the unifying factor (except among the Kurds) being hostility to the U.S.
In Syria, where for once we could have dealt a crushing blow to Iranian influence, we have helped Bashar Assad hang onto power to the extent that both sides hate us.
Our one true ally in the region, Israel, is in its most precarious position in decades, surrounded by massive Iranian-backed missile bases in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria.
There is almost nowhere in the Middle East that the United State is better off than it was four years ago.
In our hemisphere, the Obama administration has fared even worse,
- Free trade agreements that are still not implemented, after years of being delayed by the Democrats and by Obama.
- Hundreds of Mexicans killed by the Fast and Furious guns, an operation for which Eric Holder will never be held accountable, if the Democrats have any say.
- Calamitous energy policies that keep the Keystone XL from happening but favor Venezuelan oils.
- Insisting that Mel Zelaya, a clearly unstable man with ties to Cuba and the drug trade, be returned to power in Honduras, when Zelaya had clearly violated his own country’s Constitution. And, to make it look worse, having the US Ambassador do photo-ops in the tin foil-lined room where Zelaya holed up.
- Botched Summits of the Americas that are treated like campaign stops, and embarrassing North American Summits where the pressing issues of the day are ignored so Obama can put down the Supreme Court.
- Siding with Argentina against the Falklands, and then adding ignorance to insult by referring to the Falklands (which Argentina calls the Malvinas) as the Maldives.
- Completely ignoring Iran‘s increased presence in our hemisphere.
These are but a few instances of failed foreign policy in Latin America by the Obama administration, and I’m barely getting started. As Professor Jacobson said,
Yet Obama and his campaign team trot out Osama bin Laden to cure all those political ills, and as political cover for a failed presidency.
Yet Obama’s “cool.”
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Post re-edited for clarity and grammar.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way,
Exclusive: Pornography found in bin Laden hideout: officials
A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.
The pornography recovered in bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The officials said they were not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.
Reports from Abbottabad have said that bin Laden’s compound was cut off from the Internet or other hard-wired communications networks. It is unclear how compound residents would have acquired the pornography.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if the couriers that were been tracked were the ones who did the shopping?
Bin Laden cousin captured in Ecuador was carrying Venezuelan visa, traffcking persons via Caracas and Quito
Yaee Dawit Tadese, the Ethiopian-born cousin of Osama bin Laden recently captured in Guayaquil, Ecuador for human trafficking, was carrying a Venezuelan visa.
Tadese, whose alias is “Jack Flora,” is alleged to be the head of an Al Qaeda network dedicated to human trafficking. He was arrested in a joint operation between anti-terror police from Colombia and Ecuador in a hotel on Avenida Chiriboga in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Tadese was reported to have been carrying three visas, including one from Spain and one from Venezuela.
The human trafficking ring is reported to have mostly trafficked persons from Kenya, Eritrea and Bangladesh, and their points of entry into the continent were via Quito, Ecuador and Caracas, Venezuela.
Definitely no coincidence, there.
As Michael Totten said, he looks pathetic.
Cato Institute video, After Bin Laden,
Cato director of foreign policy studies Christopher A. Preble (a veteran of the U.S. Navy), legal policy analyst David Rittgers (served 3 tours in Afghanistan with Special Forces, receiving several decorations), director of information policy studies Jim Harper, and foreign policy analyst Malou Innocent
Malou Innocent makes the case for reconsidering our foreign policy, and Jim Harper asks if he can have his airport back.
The president called the killing of bin Laden the “most significant achievement to date” in the effort to defeat al Qaeda.
“Justice has been done,” Obama said.
Bin Laden was located at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which was monitored and when the time was determined to be right, the president said, he authorized a “targeted operation.”
Richard Fernadez asks,
The location of Bin Laden’s hide-out and the use of a U.S. raiding team on settled Pakistani territory raises a number of questions. First, has Pakistan been hiding Osama Bin Laden all along? Second, did the U.S. independently discover the location of Bin Laden? Third, was the information shared by some elements of Pakistani intelligence, assuming that his location was known to them, in exchange from some quid pro quo which has not yet been revealed? Or was the discovery of Bin Laden simultaneous, the result of the mutual and cooperative investigation of the ISI and U.S. intelligence?
If highly placed persons in Pakistan have been instrumental in hiding Bin Laden these ten years, it suggests that some of the real masterminds of September 11, far from lying dead, are still at large.
The chances that Pakistan was wholly innocent were somewhat thrown into doubt by the possible location of the safe house. “President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Abbottabad.” What must have been the raid was reported on Pakistani media, putting Osama’s safe house very close to the Pakistani Military Academy
Burying bin Laden’s body at sea would ensure that his final resting place does not become a shrine and a place of pilgrimage for his followers.
Michael Yon doesn’t think that was a good idea. Expect conspiracy theories to flourish, too.
Huge string of articles and posts at Memeorandum
More photos and video at FreedomTorch.
(language warning) Top 50 Internet Reactions to Osama bin Laden’s Death at Ranker.
Spanish readers are enjoying #SiOsamaFueraMexicano (If Osama was Mexican), the top trend at Twitter right now. In English, Charlie Sheen & Other Celebs Thank Navy Seals on Twitter.