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Obama Hesitated, Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden

Obama Hesitated, Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden

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What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound. http://www.scoop.it/t/the-pulp-ark-gazette/p/2335945438/obama-canceled-bin-laden-kill-raid-three-times-at-jarrett-s-urging
What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound. http://www.scoop.it/t/the-pulp-ark-gazette/p/2335945438/obama-canceled-bin-laden-kill-raid-three-times-at-jarrett-s-urging

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White House Insider: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill OsamaBin Laden
"What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound." 
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This update comes some 24 hours after our longtime Washington D.C. Insider first outlinedshocking details of an Obama administration having been “overruled” by senior military andintelligence officials leading up to the successful attack against terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
 
Whatfollows is further clarification of Insider’s insights surrounding that event.
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Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligenceofficials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the OsamaBin Laden compound. Was that accurate?
A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama)I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, aswell as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s“persistenthesitation to act.”
 
There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position byPresident Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the presidentto do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as anabsentee president.I was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for severalweeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates,David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper.The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama.Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almostalways with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. Thissituation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama andthe rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton. She waslivid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such.As for Jarrett, her concern rested on two primary fronts. One, that the militaryaction could fail and harm the president’s already weakened standing with both theAmerican public and the world. Second, that the attack would be viewed as an actof aggression against Muslims, and further destabilize conditions in the MiddleEast.
Q: What changed the president’s position and enabled the attack againstOsama Bin Laden to proceed?
A: Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid havingone.Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forminga position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin again.Hillary started the ball really rolling as far as pressuring Obama began, but it wasPanetta and Petraeus who ultimately pushed Obama to finally act – sort of.Panetta was receiving significant reports from both his direct CIA sources, as wellas Petraeus-originating Intel. Petraeus was threatening to act on his own via a bombing attack. Panetta reported back to the president that a bombing of thecompound would result in successful killing of Osama Bin Laden, and little risk toAmerican lives.
 
Initially, as he had done before, the president indicated a willingness to act. Butonce again, Jarrett intervened, convincing the president that innocent Pakistanilives could be lost in such a bombing attack, and Obama would be left attemptingto explain Panetta’s failed policy.Again Obama hesitated – this time openly delaying further meetings to discuss theissue with Panetta. A brief meeting was held at this time with other officials,including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but Gates, likePanetta, was unable to push the president to act. It was at this time that Gatesindicated to certain Pentagon officials that he may resign earlier than originallyindicated – he was that frustrated. Both Panetta and Clinton convinced him to stayon and see the operation through.
What happened from there is what was described by me as a “masterfulmanipulation” by Leon Panetta.
Panetta indicated to Obama that leaks regarding knowledge of Osama Bin Laden’slocation were certain to get out sooner rather than later, and action must be taken by the administration or the public backlash to the president’s inaction would be“…significant to the point of political debilitation.”It was at that time that Obama stated an on-ground campaign would be far moreacceptable to him than a bombing raid. This was intended as a stalling tactic, andit had originated from Jarrett. Such a campaign would take both time, and presenta far greater risk of failure. The president had been instructed by Jarrett to informMr., Panetta that he would have sole discretion to act against the Osama Bin Ladencompound. Jarrett believed this would further delay Panetta from acting, as theresponsibility for failure would then fall almost entirely on him.What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta hadalready initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a coverton the ground attack against the compound.Basically, the whole damn operation was already ready to go – including thespecific team support Intel necessary to engage the enemy within hours of beinggiven notice.
Panetta then made plans to proceed with an on-ground assault.
This information reached either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates first (likely viamilitary contacts directly associated with the impending mission) who theninformed the other. Those two then met with Panetta, who informed each of them

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