Voting Present: Obama Dithered 16 Hours Before Killing Bin Laden

Ben Johnson,

The media are salivating that Osama bin Laden’s death will seal Barack Obama’s re-election. But detailed reports show that the process that led to the event Democrats are calling Obama’s greatest triumph should be tantamount to a disqualification for holding the nation’s highest office. Delving into the details reveals that Obama proved as weak-kneed and indecisive about getting bin Laden as he has about every presidential decision that does not involve spending America into oblivion, advancing fundamentalist Islamic interests, or harassing middle Americans who oppose his agenda.

Analysts confirmed beyond any doubt that Osama bin Laden was on the premises of the Abbottabad compound months ago. This New York Times story notes that Obama asked his key defense advisers for options – on March 22. The Times passes over everything that unraveled in the ensuing month. Outgoing CIA Director Leon Panetta pushed for a response in a meeting held last Thursday. Three reporters at the NYT record Obama’s response: “I’m not going to tell you what my decision is now – I’m going to go back and think about it some more. I’m going to make a decision soon.”

Obama finally came to a conclusion – a mere 16 hours later.

Media Matters excoriates the “right-wing media” as “desperate” for pointing this out, but it seems apropos to note the leader of the free world, charged with keeping the homeland safe and meting justice out to international criminals, could not decide whether the man who planned 9/11 should be killed for two-thirds of a day.

What accounts for this indecision? Some bloggers have highlighted the anonymous tale of an alleged White House “insider” posted here. According to that account….

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5 comments to Voting Present: Obama Dithered 16 Hours Before Killing Bin Laden

  • Bob McMillian

    I have read an unsubstantiated article that said Leon Panetta gave the order to Seal Team 6 to take out bin Laden. Panetta had been put in charge of the operation, subject to Obama's approval, but when Valerie Jarrett convinced Obama to hold off, Panetta gave the green light. Of course, Obama immediately took credit for the operation, which is typical Obama. We may never know the real story, given the history of this administration. The only "transparency" about this administration is that Obama doesn't know what the hell he is doing.

  • Magnum05

    Naturally Obama couldn't make up his mind. He didn't want to kill his Muslim brother, but in the end figured it would help him at the polls. And from what I saw on the news, the idiot Obama followers fell for it hook line & sinker. As if killing Osama will end the BS going on in those countries, full of Muslims.

  • He is going out on national tv and slandering a former President and Vice President in the same manner of Pete Stark. Hey Chris, remember how you were thinking about running for office in Pennsylvania? They went Republican in 2010. You sound like you are contemplating running for office in Berkeley California.

  • jimtibbs

    Then guy is a rookie, and every decision he makes is aperfect example of his winging it, as he would say. Somehow he needs to be impeached, defeated in an election, or if my prayers would be answered he would just resign.

  • jimtibbs

    I am surprised that Richard Trumpka didn't make the decision to kill Usama. He seems to have a bedroom in the w—-House. Everytime we see a shot of Oblunder, and his ilk in the house, he is in the photo. He sure as hell don't represent me.