Like so much about Barack Obama that we still don't know, the story surrounding the mission that took out Osama bin Laden and his apparent reluctance to undertake it is not confirmed!
Similarly, as with much of the conversation about the man, it is very, very believable!
Unlike being an understudy on Broadway where the backup may or may not be prepared to take over the lead role when the star cannot perform his or her duties, the job of Commander-in-Chief of the United Sates of America is no place for a "Not ready for primetime player"!
And it's no place for a man enamored by the concept of being President who possesses a domestic agenda he wants to see implemented at all costs, but who has no concept of, or stomach for, the primary duty of the office; protecting the country and its citizens!
As you will read in the excerpt from The Daily Caller that describes the theme of the book "Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors who Decide for Him," an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command states that the mission to take out bin Laden was "killed" three times before the President gave the go-ahead. Why? Because one of his advisors, Valerie Jarrett, persuaded him not to proceed.
Now Barack Obama is running for reelection in part on the premise that his swift and decisive leadership led to the killing of bin Laden when in reality, we most likely got this terrorist despite the best efforts of the Commander-in-Chief to either delay or permanently avoid the action.
Afghanistan troop surge indecision
Look at just one prior example of Barack Obama's inability to pull the trigger on a critical national security decision, this time over whether or not to increase the number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
An article "Step Up or Step Out" in September 2009 that looked at the decision making process of Barack Obama makes any speculation about his reluctance over the mission to take out Osama bin Laden very believable!
General McChrystal, the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan made the following statement in a report to the President fully three weeks ago and leaked yesterday:
(New York Times) "Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military commander in Afghanistan, in a confidential assessment submitted to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, warns in grim and urgent language that he needs additional troops — from 10,000 up to 45,000 more in the next year — or the conflict “will likely result in failure.”
The assessment, made public by The Washington Post, says that success “will not be attained simply by trying harder or doubling down on the previous strategy....”
President Obama, our Commander in Chief, has not decided what to do. He feels that more input is necessary to study options before making a decision. This while undermanned men and woman are sacrificing their lives. If he doesn't have faith in the Generals opinion on the ground that he put there, why is he there? Exactly whose input is he looking for?
Nancy Pelosi, has said she didn't "think there's a great deal of support for sending more troops to Afghanistan"
This is the leadership we have on a critical war front where the General on the ground says we will not win without more troops. Our men and woman soldiers are putting their lives on the line, some losing them due to the inaction of the President and the politicizing of the issue. What are these people thinking?
The situation is considered "urgent", but while healthcare is in the hopper all other issues just need to take a back burner.
The killing of Osama bin Laden
If the article at The Daily Caller were to ever get any coverage in the mainstream media Americans who may still be under the Obama spell might begin to see who they voted into power and why a second-term won't be good for any of us. But what are the odds of that happening?
In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the “kill” mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time, according to the book.
Miniter, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, cites an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.
Obama administration officials also said after the raid that the president had delayed giving the order to kill the arch-terrorist the day before the operation was carried out, in what turned out to be his fourth moment of indecision. At the time, the White House blamed the delay on unfavorable weather conditions near bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
But when Miniter obtained that day’s weather reports from the U.S. Air Force Combat Meteorological Center, he said, they showed ideal conditions for the SEALs to carry out their orders.
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