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  •  Peter Bergen has a good article (10+ / 0-)

    in response to this

    Are 'Swift Boat' attacks on Obama bogus?
    http://www.cnn.com/...

    The link from the main page said "'Swift Boat' attacks on Obama bogus"

    •  Powerful!! Thank you. (5+ / 0-)
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      fumie, SherwoodB, rja, elwior, JVolvo

      First Bergen describes the Romney charges, enumerated from a propaganda film the campaign has made. Then he blows Romney out of the water!!

      I quit cable, but would sure like to know if this is ever broadcast to what's left of CNN's viewers. A hefty snip from a lengthy piece for those short on time:

      In fact, Obama and his national security team made every effort -- successfully -- to keep the intelligence about bin Laden a closely held secret for almost a year, from the time they first identified what they believed might be the al Qaeda leader's hideout in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan, in August 2010 until May 1, 2011, when the raid was launched to kill him.

      The raid itself was conducted as a covert operation under the overall direction of then-CIA Director Leon Panetta.

      I have written a book about the hunt for bin Laden during the course of which I was the only journalist granted access by the Pakistanis inside the compound in Abbottabad where bin Laden was killed. I also spoke on the record about the hunt for bin Laden with a variety of current White House, Pentagon and intelligence officials, as well as former Defense Department and CIA officials familiar with aspects of the story.

      None of them divulged classified information about the bin Laden operation. Indeed, they went to great pains to avoid doing so.

      What precipitated the operation going public was not Obama's announcement of the raid but the crash of one of the Black Hawk choppers used in the raid, which turned what had hitherto been a covert operation into a very public event.

      Pakistani journalists started arriving at bin Laden's Abbottabad compound soon after the helicopter crashed

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 03:20:23 PM PDT

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