Good grief. It took Barack Obama 16 HOURS to make up his mind to get Osama Bin Laden.

(Tom in Paine)

He had to think about it.
The Daily Mail reported:

Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would ‘sleep on it’ before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden’s compound.

Hit squads of specialist Navy Seals – who were not even told who they were preparing to capture – had practiced the mission at two reconstructions of the terror chiefs sprawling compound.

The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.

But the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think – and disappeared out of the room.

‘I’m not going to tell you what my decision is now – I’m going to go back and think about it some more,’
said Obama, according to the New York Times. He then added ‘I’m going to make a decision soon.’

The head of the CIA and other senior intelligence officers who were keen to proceed were left tense as they waited for the president’s decision.

But the next morning after 16 hours, Obama summoned four top aides to the White House Diplomatic Room. Before they could speak, the president put his fist on the table and declared ‘It’s a go’.

Ace of Spades added this on our sleepy president:

How does the media report this? Well, relying upon those in Obama’s inner circle (that is to say, his political flunkies and spinners), we’re told this:

“But the next morning after 16 hours, Obama summoned four top aides to the White House Diplomatic Room. Before they could speak, the president put his fist on the table and declared ‘It’s a go’.”

Why does it matter that he did this “before they could speak”? They had spoken already yesterday when they strongly, strongly urged the president to give the order, and he had decided to sleep on it.

They were only waiting on him, after all.

So, after 16 hours of vacillation, during which the operation might have been rendered a failure by intervening invents, he fist-bumps a piece of furniture and finally makes up his mind.

This is something to brag about? This is, in Howard Fineman’s words, “almost Biblical”?

Seems like a very cautious, feckless, indecisive individual delaying and delaying on critical decisions and then attempting to sound heroic when he finally does what he’s being paid to do.

That’s our Obama.

 

 

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  1. “How the hell can I vote ‘present’ on this one . . .?”

  2. Well, this sounds a lot more like the Obama we’ve come to know….

  3. Maybe he was all wee-wee’d up.

  4. Mark Levin is referring to this article right now.
    Please note the smallest man in the situation room: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/05/03/article-1383010-0BE36D9A00000578-663_634x422.jpg
    Good grief!

  5. Obama was trying to buy time to send a communique message to OBL to get the hell out of there, but the military had Valerie Jarred stuffed in a closet.

  6. #4 is that a paper bag or a trash can by his right knee?

  7. As I recall, Obama has a number of friends in Pakistan. He visited there at least once – his Pakistani roommate at Occidental College as I recall. (At a time when US citizens were not allowed to visit Pakistan. . . . just saying.)

    As I recall, he also has a “special” Blackberry so he can “talk to his friends” without his conversations being recorded and kept as part of the presidential record . . .

  8. #6 May 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm
    donh commented:

    #4 is that a paper bag or a trash can by his right knee?
    ________

    Blown way up it looks to be a brown paper lunch bag of the sort you get at a fast food joint.

  9. As details emerge, the more I’m believing Gen David Petreus used his influence to force Obama’s hand…

    http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/did-senior-militaryintelligence-officials-overrule-president-obama-regarding-mission-to-kill-osama-bin-laden/

  10. I needed my beauty sleep. 54 holes of golf in one day is exhausting!

  11. #6 May 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm
    donh commented:

    #4 is that a paper bag or a trash can by his right knee?
    __________
    Sure looks like one. LOL
    He looks bewildered.
    He was still wearing his golf shoes. Probably thought he could sneak out for his golf game. He was handed the windbreaker for the meeting.

  12. The Palestinian that Obama was friends with at Occidental went with him to New York when Obama attended Columbia. They were room mates for a while, but the story is that Obama got tired of rooming with a drug using drug dealer. His name is Sohale Saqquidi. You have to be pretty close to follow someone all the way across the continent. But alas, poor Sohale was thrown under the bus, to keep Jeremiah Wright, Jr. and Obama’s grandmother company.

    I still say that Obama looks angry in the “situation” room photos. Why would that be? Why no concern, worry, apprehension for those troops under your command? Hillary looks worried, as does Gates.

    And what’s the deal? The White House doesn’t have enough chairs so that people like Admiral Mullen, Bill Daley, John Brennan and James Clapper can sit down? Was the room so small (it looks like an oversized closet) that they couldn’t be seated not knowing how long the mission would take?

  13. “Let me be clear…it takes time to make a decision …. because it is above my pay grade.”

  14. Whats that picture on Hillary’s keybord ?
    And why are all the computers turned off ?

  15. #9 May 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    Capn Angus commented:

    As details emerge, the more I’m believing Gen David Petreus used his influence to force Obama’s hand…
    __________

    Capn, I’ve seen that a couple of places today. I have a couple of problems with it, not least of which is that it is completely unattributed. Anybody can have a “long time DC source.” Also, given the Little Emperor’s propensity to make everything all about him, I very much doubt that he would have accepted being “overruled” by anyone, least of all the military. We would be seeing blood in the street (at least figuratively) over any such attempt.

    I would want to see much more before I give any credence to this. Besides, if the military was going to go for a mini-coup, which is what this would be, they might just as well go whole hog.

  16. The picture on the table next to Shrillary is blurred out. I wonder if was a pic of OBL for her to use as a reference.

  17. Obama knew of OBL’s location since August 2010.

    Can we get a real leader in the WH?

    Powder is dry

  18. Obama campaigned a different hope and change, and promised no more meddling, no more invasion of a soverign nation ( which this action proves), and he would get all troops out of the Middle East, because republicans are evil, losers, non-humans.

    Heay BARACK? FU ;)

    I do not belive for one monement you had one thing to do with this operation.

  19. I can’t wait to hear the media spin this…. yet they crucified Bush because he took a few minutes to calmly finish reading to the children and not upset them while his transport was readied.!!!



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