Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Rest of the Story

This was the odd picture that came up months ago....after the termination of Ossama bin Laden.  There were two things about the shot often puzzled me.  This week.....someone in a news commentary told part of the story which hasn't been spoken much about.

There were two occasions prior to this raid....where things were planned, and after briefing the President...a decision was made a few hours later to cancel the raid.

You can imagine a bit of anger among the players who know when you have things lined up.  The cause for the cancellation?  Never clear.  There is the adviser to the President....Ms Jarrett, who some think might have suggested to cancel the raids.

So, this odd event occurred.  According to the news commentary....Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta apparently shuffled through his memos, and found this note where he had the authority (only he and the President apparently), to approve raids.

Leon then proceeded to allow the third planning episode, and approved the raid.  As the choppers crossed over into Pakistan...as the story goes....Leon called the President, who happened to be golfing at the time.  The President had just enough time to jump on his chopper....ride over to the White House....quickly walk into the 'big room', and watch the raid occur.

Normally, the President would have been at the head of the table.....but in this case....he got there so late....dressed in golfing gear....that this was the best seat for viewing the action.

My humble guess is that after the event....the President called up Ms Jarrett, informing her of the demise of Ossama bin Laden.  She probably went into a daze....thinking....who authorized this?  Perhaps Leon got a stern lecture at the next staff meeting....but I'm guessing Leon mostly grinned, and just said nothing.

True or bogus?  That's what you don't know.  None of the major news organizations will pick up a story like this because it begs questions.  The plain truth is....Ossama is dead, and the episode is finished.  Maybe Ms Jarrett wanted Ossama killed the week before the election and everyone would have been overjoyed and voting for the President.  You just don't know.