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AP: Obama Knew Raid Was ‘One Shot Deal’

From Mr. Obama’s tireless press agents at the Associated Press:

AP sources: Raiders knew mission a one-shot deal

By Kimberly Dozier, AP Intelligence Writer
May 17, 2011

WASHINGTON – Those who planned the secret mission to get Osama bin Laden in Pakistan knew it was a one-shot deal, and it nearly went terribly wrong.

Imagine the pressure that was on our young President’s shoulders when he made his now historic ‘gutsy call.’

Meanwhile, do you remember all the stories about the ordeal President Bush went through, deciding to go forward with the ‘Iraq Surge,’ when he was attacked from all sides? We don’t either.

The U.S. deliberately hid the operation from Pakistan, and predicted that national outrage over the breach of Pakistani sovereignty would make it impossible to try again if the raid on bin Laden’s suspected redoubt came up dry.

Unless we have a deal with Pakistan, and all of their outrage is merely window dressing for public consumption. Which is actually the case.

Once the raiders reached their target, things started to go awry almost immediately, officials briefed on the operation said.

Adding exclusive new details to the account of the assault on bin Laden’s hideout, officials described just how the SEAL raiders loudly ditched a foundering helicopter right outside bin Laden’s door, ruining the plan for a surprise assault…

Most of the AP’s account here is old news. But we highlighted some of the more peculiar details from their latest version of events.

The decision to launch on that particular moonless night in May came largely because too many American officials had been briefed on the plan. U.S. officials feared if it leaked to the press, bin Laden would disappear for another decade

If true, this is the most pathetic explanation yet. And a terrible testimony to our officials.

U.S. special operations forces have made approximately four forays into Pakistani territory since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks…

Five aircraft flew from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, with three school-bus-size Chinook helicopters landing in a deserted area roughly two-thirds of the way to bin Laden’s compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad…

Aboard two Black Hawk helicopters were 23 SEALs, an interpreter and a tracking dog named Cairo.

In the next leak we will get the name of the SEALs.

Nineteen SEALs would enter the compound, and three of them would find bin Laden…

If troops appeared, the plan was to hunker down in the compound, avoiding armed confrontation with the Pakistanis while officials in Washington negotiated their passage out

How wonderful. Still, this should not have been a problem, given our long-standing agreement with Pakistan. A pact that was negotiated by President Bush.

Small knots of children were on every level, including the balcony of bin Laden’s room.

As three of the SEALs reached the top of the steps on the third floor, they saw bin Laden standing at the end of the hall. The Americans recognized him instantly, the officials said.

Bin Laden also saw them, dimly outlined in the dark house, and ducked into his room. The three SEALs assumed he was going for a weapon, and one by one they rushed after him through the door, one official described.

Two women were in front of bin Laden, yelling and trying to protect him, two officials said. The first SEAL grabbed the two women and shoved them away, fearing they might be wearing suicide bomb vests, they said.

The SEAL behind him opened fire at bin Laden, putting one bullet in his chest, and one in his head…

Back at the White House Situation Room, word was relayed that bin Laden had been found, signaled by the code word "Geronimo." That was not bin Laden’s code name, but rather a representation of the letter "G." Each step of the mission was labeled alphabetically, and "Geronimo" meant that the raiders had reached step "G," the killing or capture of bin Laden, two officials said

Which makes you wonder what steps ‘ABCDEF’ were.

It took approximately 15 minutes to reach bin Laden, one official said. The next 23 or so were spent blowing up the broken chopper, after rounding up nine women and 18 children to get them out of range of the blast.

One of the waiting Chinooks flew in to pick up bin Laden’s body, the raiders from the broken aircraft and the weapons, documents and other materials seized at the site…

Again, there doesn’t appear to be much that is new or newsworthy in this report.

But the AP is doing its best to keep Mr. Obama’s brilliant and daring mission front and center in the news.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “AP: Obama Knew Raid Was ‘One Shot Deal’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    In my inbox was this comment – –

    “Thanking Obama for killing Bin Laden is like going into McDonalds and
    thanking Ronald McDonald for the hamburger. It’s the guy cooking the
    burger that should get the credit, not the Clown.”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      But notice the media is still pushing the clown to the front.
      It’s all about the clown!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “But the AP is doing its best to keep Mr. Obama’s brilliant and daring mission front and center in the news.”

      Yes….yes they are. And such efforts quickly have run out of steam and will be a rusted hulk by next year.

    • Right of the People says:

      I’d love to see a photoshopped picture of Ronald McDonald with Barry’s face pasted in. I’d pay money for that!

    • Not so fast says:

      I actually picture Barack Hussein Obama as the Hamburgler. Sorry…………

  2. proreason says:

    Well, let’s survey what the latest most probable scenario is:

    1. There was a long-standing agreement with Pakistan not to interfere. They didn’t either.
    2. One guy in the compound took one or more shots at the Seals.
    3. OBL did not try to protect himself with a firearm or bomb.
    4. OBL didn’t shield himself with anybody.
    5. No other Pakistanis showed up, even though the operation lasted 30 minutes or perhaps a bit longer.
    6. The US had an armada of ships and planes at the ready to protect the Seals if there was unexpected trouble. That armada probably had more military power than any country in the world.
    7. The US had been scouting the compound for at least 6 months. We knew with high-probability that OBL was there, and that the compound had no formidable external armaments. We would have known that there weren’t armed men on regular patrol, for example, and that there weren’t fortified defense positions outside the house, and that there were many women and children living there and going to school. Since the children were attending normal schools, it is probable that there were also no overt defense positions inside the house because children couldn’t be relied on to keep that secret.

    I’m not intending to take anything away from the Seals. Obviously, their lives were at risk, and they acted as bravely as we have come to expect.

    But from the latest reports (which I hardly consider autoritative), this assasination doesn’t look like a high-risk venture to me.

    • yadayada says:

      I was (minimally) aquainted with a couple of SeALs while stationed in S. America. they are hands-down among the best of the best in the world. I’m certain the others assigned in the mission were also the best available.

      But, I tend to lean in the same direction as many have already posted here at S&L;

      Obomba does not have the spine to say go to an op of that nature unless the risk of failure had been negated or reduced to <5%. It was most likely so planned and surveilled that a child (chronologically classified, as opposed to obomba's emotional designation) could not have said 'no'

      it does not surprise me, though it still galls me, to see Bomba and all the talking head libs with the attitude of, “of course the SeALs should get some of the credit, too.” must irk them pretty good considering their disdain for the military.

      it’s almost as if it’s an afterthought. – it’s like Phelps saying he couldn’t swim as fast with a different brand of goggles.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    “If troops appeared, the plan was to hunker down in the compound, avoiding armed confrontation with the Pakistanis while officials in Washington negotiated their passage out…”

    That can’t even be called a contingency plan. It sounds more like an after-the-fact idea somebody came up with in 5 seconds as he was going down his list of “questions I need to come up with answers for regarding the Osama raid.”

    From the successful mission announcement onwards, I never believed there was nearly as much risk as was being hyped. If they really carried that mission out as a black op, then they did so either with near certainty of their diplomatic situation, or near if not total certainty that OBL was in the compound and had grown complacent with his personal security.

    Otherwise this mission wasn’t a gutsy call at all but a stupid one that went very lucky. I don’t think either’s the case. As we’ve argued to fatigue, we believe the decision was presented to the Marxist in Chief in a fashion that couldn’t have made it easier.

  4. untrainable says:

    The decision to launch on that particular moonless night in May came largely because too many American officials had been briefed on the plan. U.S. officials feared if it leaked to the press, bin Laden would disappear for another decade… … and Obama would look really bad.

    This statement pretty much says it all. Too many officials had been briefed (I’m sure Pelosi was briefed by someone else who had been briefed, but she wasn’t briefed by the briefers who briefed the person who briefed her). How many is too many exactly? Why were too many people briefed? Who was briefed that they are afraid of exactly? Hitler was paranoid too. Hmm.

    This simply shows that loyalty within the administration only goes as far as political connection. If one of the “too many” was politically disconnected from Obama (say… military officers, DOD officials etc.), they would be considered a danger to the regime. Absolutely no consideration for the troops beyond whether they would make Obie look good. Success being measured by Obama’s political image at the conclusion rather than a successful bullet in Osama’s eye.

    The bottom line is that our great boy-king had no choice but to give the nod to the operation. To have done anything else would have been political suicide. If you’re standing on the ledge and you don’t jump to certain death, is that gutsy? The really suprising thing is that they are admitting that he had no choice.

  5. dscam says:

    I’ve enjoyed Pakistan’s saber rattling over the whole deal. I’d love to know what they’d have done if they’d managed to mobilize some sort of force to oppose the SEALs. I get happy goosebumps thinking about a platoon of SEALs all dug in inside a walled compound, handing the Pakis their asses on platters. The two Delta Force snipers in Mogadishu (contrary to the movie portrayal where they both get killed in about five minutes) held off basically the entire city for several hours, and these guys were trying to defend a downed helicopter and wounded pilot. Just imagine the carnage that would ensue from 24 SEALs being trapped by the Pakistani military.

    As long as I’m thinking about Somalia, does anybody remember how the Moose-Limbs (where’d all the Muzz-lums go, anyway?) treated the bodies of those two heroes? Surely they observed the traditional Christian burial customs, right? Right? Anybody?

  6. xdannyh says:

    I am certainly hoping that steps “ABCDEF” had nothing to do with Native Peoples names!!! That could really cause an uproar….in fact I can see the day when the “interlopers” would not be allowed in their casinos or be able to purchase untaxed tobacco products.

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