During the Presidency of George W. Bush, the heroic SEAL Team 6 was routinely defamed by the Left. Seymour Hersh writing for New Yorker called SEAL Team 6 Dick Cheney’s personal assassination squad, but today, Obama’s SEAL Team 6 members are heroes, cleverly led by the “gutseist” leader of all time, who had to “evaluate” information from the World’s finest military and decide whether it was valid – the leader who had at his fingertips, all the proven and successful tools for fighting terrorism developed by G. W. Bush.
Some questions: Was the information gained through waterboarding? Maybe – probably, Congressman Peter King (R-NY) said tonight the information did come from waterboarding. Did the SEALs find a kidney dialysis machine in the compound? Did his human-shield wife die first?
On the count of three, all together now:
GITMO – may you exist as long as Islamic terrorism exists…
Of SEAL Team 6, also known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group or DevGru, Hersh said:
“It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently,” he explained. “They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. … Congress has no oversight of it.””It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on,” Hersh stated. “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.”
Consider this, our Military and/or CIA got information from Gitmo prisoners in 2007, and some one of them, or more, knew about a trusted bin Laden courier. The bottom line is, the information was “had.” George W. Bush knew it, and Obama would have been informed in security briefings. The investigation continued in The Time of Obama, and in August 2010 the compound was identified. Obama gave the “go” signal, and the investigation continued. Obama waited for more. Finally the time came, and Obama gave the “go” signal again.
The truth is, no one needed this Commander in Chief, other than for the ceremony, and military regulation. If the SEALs and their Commanders believed Osama was there after more than a two year investigation, what kind of idiot would have denied them? No President would have said “fa-get about it – except Bill Clinton (see that video below).
Information was given up by prisoners, including 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. U.S. officials described the courier as a talented protege and trusted associate of both Mohammed and Al Qaeda’s No. 3 leader at the time, Abu Faraj al Libi. Both men were held at Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. officials were told the courier’s name was known only to bin Laden’s innermost circle.
By 2009, the U.S. intelligence community had a rough idea of where the courier operated: a region north of Islamabad, Pakistan. It was another year before this compound was identified in August 2010 as a likely home for a senior Al Qaeda member.
Officials found out that there were three families living there. In addition, a significantly older man, who was shown deference by the group, was not required to work on the compound.
Can you believe, had Barack Obama been president in 2007, he would have allowed our Military or CIA to do whatever it took to gain this intel? My answer: “no.” Barack Obama has fed at the trough of the diligent and vigilant George W. Bush administration. There would have been no Gitmo under Obama. That’s the message. Left to this administration’s policies, Osama bin Laden would still be alive.
I will never forgive Barack Obama for giving Osama bin Laden, the worst of the worst among terrorists, the dignity of a traditional Islamic burial – which included forcing our troops to wash his body. What kind of precedent does this set? If Khalid Sheikh Mohammad dies of a heart attack tomorrow, what do we do with his body? What’s the difference between bin Laden and the garden variety terrorist on the battlefield?
Wren at WrenHereNow’s Blog has a look at what bin Laden’s death means, and wonders if the SEALs happened to find $4 Trillion stashed in the death compound. And The Lonely Conservative celebrates with a Yay! and a Hooray! but asks what we do with the coming doctor shortage caused by ObamaCare. Bob Mack at Crockett Lives has some great media quotes, predicting what’s ahead for Barack Obama. The one from Don Imus is immensely interesting.
UPDATE: Amazing reader BobF, says this in comments:
SEAL Team 6 also took out the Somali pirates who were holding the Americans hostage. DEVGRU is literally the best of the best. Those assigned to Special Forces are the best America has.
Related and Background:
Michael Scheuer on Bill Clinton and Osama bin Laden (video)