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On Sunday night, the Daily Caller went live with an excerpt from
Richard Miniter's upcoming national security book. The scoop: "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." The source: An
un-named administration official. The reaction: Lots of people pointing out that the single source contradicts plenty of reportage on the mission.
But you can't look at this story on its own. Operation: Fickle President is the third aggressive attempt to re-shape the "gutsy call" story.
April 26. Operation: CYA. Time magazine runs a
well-sourced story about the OBL raid, one year later, with newly
released documents from the commanders. Breitbart.com's Ben Shapiro focuses on a line
in a memo from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta: "The timing, operational
decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands." Shapiro
reads this as Obama preparing to "blame the troops" if the raid went
pear-shaped -- which it almost did, as a helicopter was damaged on the
descent. MISSION STATUS: Ongoing success. The "CYA" theory was picked up
by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey almost immediately. You can
still hear references to the theory that, somehow, the
commander-in-chief would have dodged responsibility for failed raid by
saying the troops screwed up.
May 1. Operation: Swift Boat. Veterans for a Strong
America, a heretofore sleepy group, puts up a pulse-pounding web ad
accusing the president of "spiking the football." (That was the cliche
Republicans had started using to gripe about the White House running its
own video about the OBL raid.) Its chairman tells Michael Hastings
that more is coming. "I’ve been talking to operators in the community,"
he says. "There is palatable discontent." MISSION STATUS: Uncertain.
VfaSA swore to run more ads but hasn't gone live with them.
It's a series of stories, not one scoop, and the goal is to bring the president back down from Olympus on national security.