Barack Obama Made The Death of bin Laden All About Himself

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President Trump’s announcement of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is something Americans should be able to celebrate regardless of political affiliation. However, it seems that in hours following the announcement the left and the media have spent tremendous effort to tarnish the news by questioning why he didn’t inform Democrat leaders in advance and criticizing his language during the announcement. Obama’s CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell had the gall to condemn how President Trump described al-Baghdadi’s death for having a “locker-room feel.”

“You don’t want a locker-room kind of feel to this,” Morell said on CBS’s Face The Nation. “That was the one thing we worked really hard on after the bin Laden raid, is don’t make those kinds of statements, because it does inspire other people.” Retired Adm. James Winnefeld, Obama’s former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, added, “It’s about respect for other religions, and if you look back to the bin Laden raid, as much as we detested that man and as much harm as he did to our nation, we treated his body with respect that is due under Islam and this was a little bit tough.”

Cry me a river.

But I do think there’s something about Trump’s language compared Obama’s that is worth noting. In fact, after reviewing both Trump’s statement announcing the death of al-Baghdadi and Obama’s statement announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, there was a huge difference, but it had nothing to do with respect for the dead.

Barack Obama’s statement was carefully crafted to paint a narrative that made him a central figure of the events leading up to bin Laden’s death. Obama’s goal was to make him synonymous with the death of bin Laden the year before he would face the voters again. He mentioned himself several times: “Tonight, I can report… I directed Leon Panetta… I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden… I met repeatedly with my national security team… I determined that we had enough intelligence…” It was all about him and what he did. He nearly broke his arm patting himself on the back and taking credit for the raid.

President Trump, however, took a different approach. Unlike Obama, who mentioned himself right away, Trump started off his announcement like this:

Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the World. The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years.  Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my Administration.  U.S. Special Operations forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid into Northwestern Syria to accomplish this mission.

The word “I” does occur six times in Trump’s prepared remarks, but none of those instances involved taking credit for something. In fact, five of those times he was thanking people and countries that took part in or assisted with the raid.

Trump does deserve credit for a change in strategy that resulted in ISIS losing instead of gaining ground, and bringing them to near annihilation, and he acknowledged this one time when he said, “At my direction, as Commander-in-Chief, the United States obliterated his ‘caliphate’ in March of this year.” But this doesn’t even come close to Obama’s self-aggrandizing narrative about bin Laden’s death. In fact, Obama would continue to push this narrative alongside false claims that al Qaeda was on the verge of defeat (even as intelligence reports were telling him they were expanding) while he ran for reelection. Much of the story Obama pushed would later be contradicted by CIA director Leon Panetta, who revealed that Navy SEALs, not Obama, made the final decision to kill bin Laden, and that Obama was not in the Situation Room constantly monitoring the situation, but elsewhere playing cards at various times. The infamous photo from the Situation Room that claimed to show Obama, Biden, and others monitoring the bin Laden raid in real-time was, in fact, staged.

Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off.

A photograph released by the White House appeared to show President Barack Obama and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.

In an interview with PBS, Mr Panetta said: “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.

“We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”

Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals, rather than Mr Obama, made the final decision to kill bin Laden.

 “The authority here was to kill bin Laden. And obviously, under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn’t appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. But they had full authority to kill him,” Panetta explained. Obama didn’t even know the mission was successful until afterward. But, Obama spent the next year and a half campaigning as the mastermind behind bin Laden’s death and taking credit for it. Ryan Zinke, a former commander in the U.S. Navy who led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, accused Obama of exploiting bin Laden’s death in order to get reelected. “The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.” Obama even had a campaign ad about the bin Laden raid, which resulted in bipartisan criticism.Obama approached bin Laden’s death as a political event that would help him get reelected, and constructed a narrative that made him a central figure in the events leading up to and during the raid, even though he wasn’t so much.  President Trump didn’t attempt to make al-Baghdadi’s death about him, but as a victory for the United States.

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    • I Also Find It VERY INTERESTING ………….. ” THE DEATH OF SEAL TEAM 6 ” !! could this to KEEP WHAT HAPPENED …
      HUSH HUSH ?? First osama ( MAYBE, MAYBE NOT ) AND THEN THE TEAM 6 ?? I Don’t BELIEVE in COINCIDENCES, Especially, whe obummer, was at the helm !!

      • The death of Seal Team six was a direct consequence of “leaks” and BLABBING by VP “creepy uncle joe” biden.
        The enemy was “informed” of the time and place the Seals were going to land and were in wait for them.
        (and you wonder WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP kept the DEMOCOMMUNISTS in the dark until AFTER the mission was completed?) KUDOS to the President for keeping the mission under wraps, so the corrupt DEMOCOMMUNISTS (that would do ANYTHING to undermine president Trump no matter if American heroes dies or not) would not have the information to “leak” to the press and inform the enemy the special forces were coming.
        This my friends, shows you just how EVIL the DEMOCOMMUNISTS are.

      • Obama had to be talked into the Bin Laden raid! He was holding off waiting to see what Valerie Jarrett wanted to do as she was against it! Actually several of the cabinet members pushed the issue till Obama agreed! Obama was pat of the issue with terrorists. Hence his bowing down to Muslims!

      • I have never forgotten how he took credit for bin laden’s death. To hear him tell it, you’d think he was there, boots on the ground with Special Ops. Oboma merely gave the order, safe and sound in the United States. The real heroes were the actual boots on the ground military and their intelligent use of force.

      • Amen Cliff… that lying Muslim Communist sack of POOP did not have the u-no-whats to order the Bin Ladin demise. Panetta gave the Go. Obama has a (FAKE) photo of himself and his staff in the Command Center. Was BS, he was not there. The photo was an amateur’s cut and paste. In the picture, he is the smallest person in the room, including Hillary: however, he was 6’5. The guy sitting next to him was at least 25$ bigger. Too bad cannot post a copy/

    • Yes he did. Obummer is the true narcissist. President Trump is all about the country and the people. That is why the ‘craps are so [email protected] scared of him. They can see their corrupt, back-handers disappearing before their greedy little eyes.

  1. Obama the Socialist was the WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, who was always about himself, but was famous for using the RACE CARD and knocking Christian and the Jewish people.

  2. It is the media!
    European news is saying the same thing
    Trump made it all about himself!
    They forgot about Obama! Indeed he is the worst president in history!

  3. Of course we had a Muslim president then so I am sure the rules of the Muslim rituals of death were carried out by O’s order. Most people wanted to see the dead body of Bin Laden. He was a despicable animal and it may have given some closure to family of the 9-11 victims. O showed more respect for OBL than he did them.

  4. Barack Obama would have NEVER gotten Osama Bin Laden without the MEN and WOMEN in UNIFORM (which he so dutifully DESPISES as MOST all DEMOCRATS do). All he TALKS about is “ME, ME, ME,” when he should be talking about his SCANDAL RIDDEN FAILED presidency with his FAILED LEFTIST policies. He has done NO GOOD for the Citizens of THIS country and needs to be led away in HANDCUFFS for TREASON and SEDITION. Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

  5. Obama was the worst president in the USA but Democrats seem to forget that and they are trying to humiliate aPresident that’s trying his best to fix this country and make it better for it’s people and not accept bribes from other countries to make him or his family members richer. Remember DONALD TRUMP CARES SO MICH FOR AMERICA THAT HE IS GOING THROUGH ALL THIS WITHOUT SALARY .

  6. it is not buraccu obama’s fault why he become the president; it is because of the stupid dumb moron americans that the vote him in . We need to be careful next time the will vote for another
    democrats rats again . or for another muslim again

  7. Obama made the Presidency about himself and his racist beliefs. Poor me how bad I have been treated. He did not and still does not how people have been treated. He had the greatest opportunity to do great things for this country. Instead he took us backwards and divided us. this was his plan and thanks to all of the self described news networks that would not challenge or report the facts here we are.

  8. What about Hillary out there talking so hateful about our great President, who loves this Country. Remember she called all of us Trump voters a basket of deplorables. Her comment about no one is above the law, talking about Trump was disgusting. Would someone please hand her a mirror, make it a large one.

  9. The way I Understand the situation is that Obama was very hesitant if not outright against the raid on Bin laden. He had to be practically forced to go along with it. I can’t recallmthevpeople that persuaded him now, but I Korea’s about it at the time. After the raid, Obama was so full of himself that he outed the names of the American special team that was involved, and the aftermath of his disclosure caused the shooting down of the helicopter carrying the team. Obama was a s is no friend of America. He is a Kenyan born fake who came here on a foreign students identity card. He was placed in his position by a conspiracy to let Islam gain a great futholdvin America. .

  10. At least Obama didn’t call Putin first. Glad this monster Trump is going to get impeached.
    And by the way I’m a life long republican. Stop watching and reading right wing lies. Stop being stupid.

  11. You folks who wrote this article are off the wall, nuts, insane, and you all belong in an institution. Who the F—are you to criticize what you know, NADA about. You must be undergrounds GOP’s, who make up events to suit yourselves. Are you afraid of the consequences of your stupidity? You should have thought about this eventuality four years ago, when you had the chance to get the hell away from McConnell. and your highest insult to the intelligence of millions of people, Donald Trump, the biggest nonpatriot AH, from under a rock in the Mojave Desert. Live you lives according to your choices, and I hope the lives of your families are somewhat spared.

    • The article is all facts known to all. If you have factual data that shows something different be specific. Of course we will not hear from you because you have foolishly reacted through your bias.

  12. Would you expect him to give ANY credit to ANYONE ELSE and take the limelight away from himself?? How long have you know him? Would he act any differently than he always did?????

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