At the time of the raid I noted my surprise that Obama had actually gone for it. After all, I mused, if he could have stopped the raid, he would have. Little did I know how right I was. In his new book, Richard Miniter is now reporting that Obama did cancel the raid–three times, and then dilly-dallied for 16 hours before finally giving a ‘yes’ for the fourth time.
Do you know how lucky we are that our plans were not leaked and the maniac was still in the Pakistan compound when Obama got around to saying yes? From January (the first request) to May (when we finally struck) is an awful long time. I would speculate that Obama was hoping the plan would be blown allowing OBL to escape. There’s no excuse for this and highlights the strange way Obama views, and handles, the enemies of our nation.
Via the Daily Caller.
At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.
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.