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  •  CNN: "Are 'Swift Boat' attacks on Obama bogus?" (4+ / 0-)
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    It seems that despite the right-wing neocon neo-swiftboaters lies to the contrary, the answer would be...Yes, they are bogus. The article does a great job of debunking and destroying, point by point, the neo-con neo-swiftboat attempted ambush of the commander-in-chief.  A few highlights below (emphasis mine):

    ...Criticism of the way that the bin Laden raid has been discussed publicly by the Obama administration makes up the bulk of "Dishonorable Disclosures..."

    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...until May 1, 2011, when the raid was launched to kill him...

    ...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 and started filing stories...

    Do the republican swiftboaters really believe that the Obama administration could somehow silence the Pakistani media or order the Pakistani officials to not investigate?:
    ...Soon after the SEALs had raided the Abbottabad command, Pakistani officials on the ground were interrogating bin Laden's wives and children.None of this was going to stay secret for long...

    ...it was Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan's top military officer, who sped up the Obama administration's announcement of the raid.

    (Kayani's American counterpart, Admiral)...Mullen then told Obama and his national security team, "Kayani has asked for us to go public," which swayed Obama to announce the raid sooner than was planned...

    ...It quickly leaked that SEAL Team Six had executed the raid, but this was hardly surprising as the SEALs are the principal Special Operations Forces in the Afghanistan/Pakistan theater, something that has been discussed in multiple news stories over the past several years...

    It is just plain wrong that anyone in the U.S. government leaked the name of the CIA asset in Pakistan, Dr Shakil Afrid...It is obvious that this information was leaked not by the Americans but the Pakistanis...

    The report goes on to explain that Obama, as Commander-in-Chief was the one who made the decision, even though the VP and the Sect. of Defense were against it.  So, why shouldn't he get credit when the mission was completed successfully?

    •  To have kept it secret would have allowed... (4+ / 0-)
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      The Pakistanis to paint whatever picture they liked.  That American soldiers had attacked and killed members of an innocent family.  That there were no terrorists present in the building.

      Or worse....that it wasn't an American operation at all...but an Indian one.  

      That these are the gripes this group has suggest it is completely contrived.

      And considering that so many of Bin Laden's inner circle have been killed in the year-plus since, with no successful acts of retaliation in the West...its clear we're doing just dandy.

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      by TarantinoDork on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 06:04:09 PM PDT

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