The Daily Caller has reported on revelations in the new book Leading From Behind by Richard Miniter.
TDC said the book claims the bin Laden mission was canceled three times because of influence from Valerie Jarrett, the longtime Chicago politico widely believed to be President Barack Obama’s greatest influencer.
Jarrett is an intriguing character.
The president's right hand woman was born to Americans who lived in Iran in the 1950s. Jarrett was born into the political class and she has spent her life deriving an income mostly from government and activist sources. Discover the Networks has a backgrounder on the politico whose practices in Chicago government greatly influence how the U.S. functions at present.
I’ve theorized that our government could have killed bin Laden long before we did. It strikes me that Jarrett wanted it put off in order to schedule it closer to what she must have anticipated would be a tough reelection. I’ve also wondered if President George W. Bush could have conducted the operation had Obama allies like Harold Koh not harshly criticized Bush for his national security policies. The Left even lobbied for Bush to be hauled before an international court for prosecution.
The anti-war movement went silent after Obama's election despite the fact the president has taken steps beyond those taken by Bush.
Ironically the president and Koh, both of whom criticized the practice of waterboarding, even if it was known that lives might be saved, took action beyond waterboarding. Obama entered engaged in war action in Libya without consulting Congress and he authorized a drone attack that killed a suspected terrorist who was a U.S. citizen charged with no crime.
Koh and his fellow international critics have remained silent about Obama’s actions on those and other matters such as the failed promise to close the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Miniter’s book is scheduled for release August 21.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 30, 2012)
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