The Washington Times 6:00 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2011 By Wesley Pruden
The White House converted a picture-perfect military operation into a public-relations disaster that will be cited as what not to do and how not to do it in flackery textbooks for a hundred years. Days after the raid on Osama bin Laden’s “mansion” they still can’t get the “fact pattern”, in the language of the White House, even close to straight.
Even that ubiquitous photograph of the president, the secretary of state and assorted minions bravely watching the operation in “real time” looks now to have been a “photo-op” taken after the fact. This is the scene that the goofy John Brennan, the president’s anti-terrorism chief, described as one of unbearable tension endured heroically by the magnificent minions. Hillary seemed to be clutching her throat, choking back terror as she watched the raid unfold, but now Leon Panetta, the chief of the CIA, reveals that 24 minutes of the 40-minute video were “blacked out” by some kind of electronic malfunction. Maybe she was only wishing she had ordered pepperoni with extra cheese when the president sent out for pizza.
Obama has claimed, “There is no need to spike the football. That’s not who we are.” Yet, for the past ten days, he has been doing an endless End Zone Shuffle as he greedily solicits donor contributions. He has been on every talk show TV has to offer (except, of course, FOXNews where he might actually be asked about the dance steps) bragging about how he, and he alone, caused the event to happen. Occasionally, he is forced to acknowledge there were also others, in Pakistan, who participated in the operation. This is done as an aside; an afterthought if you will.
The brave and dedicated members Seal Team 6 are now concerned about their anonymity and the safety of their families and loved ones. The attention brought to the unit is not welcomed and could, in fact, jeopardize future operations of not only the Seal Teams, but all clandestine U.S. military forces. Hey, way to go, Prez!
No body, no pictures, no complete electronic presentation of the mission. A great campaign kickoff though.
Now all he has to do is declare our porous Southern border secure and that there is no fear of reprisal by terrorist organizations coming from the South. Oh yeah, he just did that too. No problem though. The Border Patrol is able to capture and detain about one-in-four coming across the border. Of that, they say that only about three percent come from countries of interest (Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen).
That’s between 1 and 3 potential bad guys per day that are able to make it into our major cities with the possibility of forming or joining terrorist cells. No problem though, our Commander-in-Name-Only has said we’re safe.
He also said that spending trillions of dollars that the nation doesn’t have is the quickest way to build the economy and return prosperity to the nation.