Fw: The real, behind the scenes story?

Valerie Jarrett, a former Chicago businesswoman, is a Sr. Advisor to Obama and was the team co-chair of his transition team. Maybe she will resign now.  It is amazing the incompetent people that Obama has surrounded himself with.  Some very scary people around and behind him!

I don't know if the following is true, but it has been reported that Obama hesitated to give the go-ahead for the eventual rescue of the Captain from the Somali pirates last year also.

The source names have been removed from this document.  Your President at his best.  Same political BS, different day.
 Note: This update comes some 24 hours after our longtime Washington D.C. Insider first outlined shocking details of an Obama administration having been “overruled” by senior military and intelligence officials leading up to the successful attack against terrorist Osama Bin Laden.  What follows is further clarification of Insider’s insights surrounding that event.
Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound.  Was that accurate?

A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama)  I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.”  There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so.  President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.
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I was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper.  The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama.  Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position.  This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton.  She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such.  As for Jarrett, her concern rested on two primary fronts.  One, that the military action could fail and harm the president’s already weakened standing with both the American public and the world.  Second, that the attack would be viewed as an act of aggression against Muslims, and further destabilize conditions in theMiddle East.
Q: What changed the president’s position and enabled the attack against Osama Bin Laden to proceed?

A:  Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid having one.  Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forming a position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin again.  Hillary started the ball really rolling as far as pressuring Obama began, but it was Panetta and Petraeus who ultimately pushed Obama to finally act – sort of.  Panetta was receiving significant reports from both his direct CIA sources, as well as Petraeus-originating Intel.  Petraeus was threatening to act on his own via a bombing attack.  Panetta reported back to the president that a bombing of the compound would result in successful killing of Osama Bin Laden, and little risk to American lives.  Initially, as he had done before, the president indicated a willingness to act.  But once again, Jarrett intervened, convincing the president that innocent Pakistani lives could be lost in such a bombing attack, and Obama would be left attempting to explain Panetta’s failed policy.  Again Obama hesitated – this time openly delaying further meetings to discuss the issue with Panetta.  A brief meeting was held at this time with other officials, including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but Gates, like Panetta, was unable to push the president to act.  It was at this time that Gates indicated to certain Pentagon officials that he may resign earlier than originally indicated – he was that frustrated.  Both Panetta and Clinton convinced him to stay on and see the operation through.

What happened from there is what was described by me as a “masterful manipulation” by Leon Panetta.  Panetta indicated to Obama that leaks regarding knowledge of Osama Bin Laden’s location were certain to get out sooner rather than later, and action must be taken by the administration or the public backlash to the president’s inaction would be “…significant to the point of political debilitation.”  It was at that time that Obama stated an on-ground campaign would be far more acceptable to him than a bombing raid.  This was intended as a stalling tactic, and it had originated from Jarrett.  Such a campaign would take both time, and present a far greater risk of failure.  The president had been instructed by Jarrett to inform Mr., Panetta that he would have sole discretion to act against the Osama Bin Laden compound.  Jarrett believed this would further delay Panetta from acting, as the responsibility for failure would then fall almost entirely on him.  What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound.  Basically, the whole damn operation was already ready to go – including the specific team support Intel necessary to engage the enemy within hours of being given notice.  Panetta then made plans to proceed with an on-ground assault. This information reached either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates first (likely via military contacts directly associated with the impending mission) who then informed the other.  Those two then met with Panetta, who informed each of them he had been given the authority by the president to proceed with a mission if the opportunity presented itself.  Both Gates and Clinton warned Panetta of the implications of that authority – namely he was possibly being made into a scapegoat.  Panetta admitted that possibility, but felt the opportunity to get Bin Laden outweighed that risk.  During that meeting, Hillary Clinton was first to pledge her full support for Panetta, indicating she would defend him if necessary.  Similar support was then followed by Gates.  The following day, and with Panetta’s permission,Clinton met in private with Bill Daley and urged him to get the president’s full and open approval of the Panetta plan.  Daley agreed such approval would be of great benefit to the action, and instructedClinton to delay proceeding until he had secured that approval.  Daley contactedClinton within hours of their meeting indicating Jarrett refused to allow the president to give that approval.  Daley then informedClinton that he too would fully support Panetta in his actions, even if it meant disclosing the president’s indecision to the American public should that action fail to produce a successful conclusion. Clinton took that message back to Panetta and the CIA director initiated the 48 hour engagement order.  At this point, the President of theUnited Stateswas not informed of the engagement order – it did not originate from him, and for several hours after the order had been given and the special ops forces were preparing for action intoPakistan from their position inAfghanistan, Daley successfully kept Obama and Jarrett insulated from that order.

This insulation ended at some point with an abort order that I believe originated from Valerie Jarrett’s office, and was then followed up by President Obama. This abort order was later explained as a delay due to weather conditions, but the actual conditions at that time would have been acceptable for the mission.  A storm system had been in the area earlier, but was no longer an issue.  Check the data yourself to confirm.  Jarrett, having been caught off guard, was now scrambling to determine who had initiated the plan.  She was furious, repeating the acronym “CoC” and saying it was not being followed.  This is where Bill Daley intervened directly.  The particulars of that intervention are not clear to me beyond knowing he did meet with Jarrett in his office and following that meeting, Valerie Jarrett was not seen in the West Wing for some time, and apparently no longer offered up any resistance to the Osama Bin Laden mission.  What did follow from there was one or more brief meetings between Bill Daley, Hillary Clinton, a representative from Robert Gates’ office, a representative from Leon Panetta’s office, and a representative from Jim Clapper’s office.  I have to assume that these meetings were in essence, detailing the move to proceed with the operation against the Osama Bin Laden compound.  I have been told by more than one source that Leon Panetta was directing the operation with both his own CIA operatives, as well as direct contacts with military – both entities were reporting to Panetta only at this point, and not the President of theUnited States.  There was not going to be another delay as had happened 24 hour earlier.  The operation was at this time effectively unknown to President Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it remained that way until AFTER it had already been initiated.  President Obama was literally pulled from a golf outing and escorted back to the White House to be informed of the mission.  Upon his arrival there was a briefing held which included Bill Daley, John Brennan, and a high ranking member of the military.  When Obama emerged from the briefing, he was described as looking “very confused and uncertain.”  The president was then placed in the situation room where several of the players in this event had already been watching the operation unfold.  Another interesting tidbit regarding this is that the Vice President was already “up to speed” on the operation.  A source indicated they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain the Vice President was made aware of that day’s events before the president was.  The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that of that room and its occupants.  What that photo does not communicate directly is that the military personnel present in that room during the operation unfolding, deferred to either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates.  The president’s role was minimal, including their acknowledging of his presence in the room.

At the conclusion of the mission, after it had been repeatedly confirmed a success, President Obama was once again briefed behind closed doors.  The only ones who went in that room besides the president were Bill Daley. John Brennan, and a third individual whose identity remains unknown to me.  When leaving this briefing, the president came out of it “…much more confident. Much more certain of himself.”  He was also carrying papers in his hand that quite possibly was the address to the nation given later that evening on the Bin Laden mission.  The president did not have those papers with him prior to that briefing. The president then returned to the war room, where by this time, Leon Panetta had personally arrived and was receiving congratulations from all who were present.

In my initial communication to you of these events I described what unfolded as a temporary Coup initiated by high ranking intelligence and military officials. I stand by that term.  These figures worked around the uncertainty of President Obama and the repeated resistance of Valerie Jarrett.  If they had not been willing to do so, I am certain Osama Bin Laden would still be alive today.  There will be no punishment to those who acted outside the authority of the president’s office.  The president cannot afford to admit such a fact.  What will be most interesting from here is to now see what becomes of Valerie Jarrett.  One source indicated she is threatening resignation.  I find that unlikely given my strong belief she needs the protection afforded her by the Oval Office and its immense powers to delay and eventually terminate investigations back in Chicago, but we shall see.


Anonymous said...

"The source names have been removed from this document."

Seems like that pretty much makes it fiction.

gruaud said...

Even the moderators at Free Republic refused to run this obvious bullshit.

Next we'll hear that OBL was killed by Reagan's ghost.

Marc with a C said...

Obama got Osama bin Laden, something Bush failed to do in seven years in office.

Your disappointment is as palpable as your second-guessing is irrelevant.

Zeno said...

As is typical with right-wing smear-spam, various nutcases embellish the lies as they pass it along from one wacko to the next. Some of the additions to this one were even done in a different font. Stupid and sloppy. As I said: typical.

honus said...

"The operation was at this time effectively unknown to President Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it remained that way until AFTER it had already been initiated. President Obama was literally pulled from a golf outing and escorted back to the White House to be informed of the mission."

Yeah, sure. Senior military officers, whose first rule is CYA, were going to invade a sovereign country, in very risky operation, without informing the president or getting his authority. And attorneys Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden went along with this plan.

ferschitz said...

"I don't know if the following is true..."

1.First off, this sentence is a LIE; you d*mn well know it's NOT true.
2.Second, even in the unlikely case that you *truly* didn't know if this was true or not, then WHY are you sending around a bunch of gossip & rumor??

Load of crap. I personally wonder if Osama bin Laden was actually killed in early May bc there's been various reports of ObL having been killed and/or died some years ago. That said, it's quite likely that ObL was killed recently. I never believed that GW Bush would arrange for ObL's death bc ObL is the son of the Bush family's very very very good & close friends, the bin Ladens. Plus ObL was more *valuable* to the Powers that Be alive... ObL was a very convenient boogeyman, who enabled the upper 1% get super wealthy off the Militrary Industrial Complex and various Homeland "Security" initiatitves (talk to Chertoff about how much cha-ching he's gotten from his porno-rape-scan machines at airports... all courtesy of YOUR tax dollars & none of 'em particularly effective against boogeyman bin Laden's so-called War on Terra).

I digress. It's axiomatic that the rightwing thinktanks will pump out ginned up crap like this. IF they were *honest* they could engage in a discussion about why, just before she was assassinated, Benazir Bhutto claimed that ObL had been dead for years. But we sure don't see that happening.

Nup... instead we get the usual bullshit from rightwingers sitting around in their circles jerking off to total nonsense, but boyohboy does it make feel all *swell* & manly 'n stuff.


Thx 4 Fish said...

The killing of bin Laden was a huge win for the USA and President Obama. There are few events we can truly celebrate in this "war" against terror. But apparently it's not so great for Republicans, who need to smear this American victory because it wasn't done by their guy. With the transformation of Republicanism as a cult, their party will always come before country. I keep wondering when they're going to start wearing arm bands.

Anonymous said...

Well, thank you for satisfying my curiosity.

I was wondering how the right was going to spin this: OBL was killed by the US military while a Democrat was Commander in Cheif. Americans are, for the most part, very happy about this, and the Democrat got a popularity boost.

Oh dear - what to do???

Do they try to shift public opinion against killing OBL, suggesting that he should have been captured and tried instead? Hmmmm....that's problematic. Do that, and you sound like the lefties saying the exact same thing, and it goes against the natural rah-rah militarism of your base.

Do you try to argue that it was all a lie, the Dems just made it up to make themselves look good? Well, that's an option...but none but the most cynical people are likely to beleive you. And it goes against the base's military worship, their desire to beleive that the US killed OBL, and the urge to par-tay.

Ah, I have it! Acknowledge that it did happen under a Democratic Commander in Cheif, but CLAIM IT WASN'T REALLY HIS DECISION! Shift the responsibility for decision-making to the military leaders, whom your base already loves! Claim it as THEIR victory!

Really, I should have seen this one coming a mile away.

LiberalGunner said...

I was expecting this as soon as I heard about it.

Hooray4US said...

There's been a number of letters to the editor in my local news rag that claimed that the killing of ObL *only* happened because of GW Bush ... because *torture* works!

Yay Team Republicans! Go conservatives! T-GOPers are the bestest because *torture* works! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!

Except that it's been proven over & over that torture doesn't work, and the info about where ObL was in Abbottabad didn't come from torture but from standard investigative techniques.

Oh, and then again, what about the legal & moral issues with torture? Oh, I forgot! Silly me: It's OK If You're A Republican (IOKIYAR)... Republicans can (and do) do *anything* and it's ok. Only "Democrats" have to obey the rules and laws and be held responsible for alleged moral failings.

Anonymous said...

because *torture* works!

Only it doesn't. In all likelihood, it's our intelligence-gathering and detective work that caught bin Laden.

I miss those halcyon days of the Bush era when "we torture people" was actually a controversial statement.

honestjewel said...

I, too, have a crazy right wing dad who forwards emails. I used to patiently look them up and gently let me know that he'd been misinformed, with links to snopes to help him out. Sadly, he never sent retractions to his list, and I finally was forced to realize that dear old dad was willing to deliberately pass on lies to defeat "liberal-commie-socialist-athiest-muslim-Obama".
Sigh. My parents have both been radicalized by FOX "news".

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