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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Oh, we bad! Our big-boy president takes to trash-talking al Qaeda -- By Andrew Malcolm, Investors.com

Pete Souza / White House, which digitally altered this photo to obscure Clinton's papers
Pete Souza / White House, which digitally altered this photo to obscure Clinton's papersIn his compelling and revealing new memoir, "Duty," former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates describes that tense evening in the White House situation room when the Obama crowd watched the assassination of Osama bin Laden real-time.

When the world's most wanted man had been popped, bagged and was enroute to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, the in-crowd rose to disperse. Obama would soon announce the news, igniting spontaneous street celebrations.

Gates worried about leaks of operational details revealing how Special Ops conducts such raids nightly in the world's deadliest corners. He asked everyone to promise to reveal nothing more of what they saw than the bare facts. We got him. He's dead. All raiders are safe. Everyone agreed.

"That lasted about five hours," Gates recalls sadly.

So intense was the Obama administration's need to gloat, brag, spike the football, chest-bump, end-zone dance that within hours officials, on background without identification, provided reporters the "tick-tock."

That's the beloved minute-by-minute account of some major news event that D.C. media gobble up faster than like free food. The raid timeline, number of raiders, stealth helicopters, refueling stops, radar-jamming, the hard-drives and documents seized, even the name of the SEALs dog, everything, each detail designed to make the campaigning president look good.

And if all this empty braggadocio made life more dangerous for the real combatants, well, that simply wasn't a consideration.

Everyone agrees Obama sat and watched the bin Laden raid with tremendous courage, as the SEALs did their deadly duty half-a-world-away that night. Soon, Obama was repeatedly describing al Qaeda as on the run and decimated by military and drone strikes.

A year later this clearly-crippled and no-longer-effective terrorist organization and its affiliates sacked and burned the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing four Americans, including the ambassador. The Obama response was to fabricate a tale about an obscure video as the cause and stick to it, even after documented debunking by his own experts.
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