President Barack Obama recently commented on criticism from a new group, OPSEC Education Fund, comprising former and/or retired intelligence operatives and Special Operations personnel.
Scant coverage has been devoted to what constitutes an epic insult by a commander-in-chief.
Even less coverage has been devoted to a new leak.
Concerned about high profile leaks related to national security, OPSEC has publicly chastised the Obama administration for leaks about the bin Laden mission as well as Stuxnet:
“We want the American people to understand the cost of these leaks and politicization both on those who serve and on our national security and to hold those in positions of leadership accountable if it doesn’t stop.”
Members of OPSEC believe such matters have been publicized purely for political gain, placing operatives in danger.
As reported by a story at Military.com sourced to Agence France Presse, Obama responded to the group‘s legitimate concerns with an epic insult:
"I don't take these folks too seriously. One of their members is a birther who denies I was born here, despite evidence to the contrary. You've got another who was a Tea Party candidate in a recent election…This kind of stuff springs up before election time.”
“These folks” actually functioned as major cogs in the U.S. national security wheel—“OPSEC is made up of individuals who served their country in the CIA and Special Operations Forces (SOF) consisting of Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations.”
As commander-in-chief, Obama’s insult is epic, considering his own literary agency was technically “a birther,” as Breitbart News revealed. For years Obama's agency claimed he was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." No one took issue with the bio until Breitbart broke the story in May.
Other claims about the president's birthplace were originally raised during the Democrats' primary ahead of the 2008 General Election; the claims surfaced on the Left, not the Right.
Perhaps in a moment of spontaneous honesty, even Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) expressed concerns about the security leaks, telling media some of the information was coming from the White House. Feinstein walked her comments back, though, when political interests overruled honesty.
Some of the leaks bring to mind the admittedly overused symbol of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” After all, Vice President Joe Biden publicly divulged to the world exactly who took down bin Laden.
A film about the bin Laden mission is scheduled for release in December, according to IMDB.com.
OPSEC has good cause to be concerned about loose lips at the highest levels.
In early August, 2011, 30 members who were U.S. Special Forces were killed when terrorists launched a rocket propelled grenade at a helicopter in Afghanistan. Most of the troops were in SEAL Team 6 said The Guardian (UK). The Obama administration credited SEAL Team 6 for the bin Laden mission.
Now there’s a new leak that amounts to a friendly warning to a drug cartel.
A Spanish-language publication claimed the U.S. will send SEALs to Mexico on a mission related to a drug cartel kingpin. Wired.com has the scoop on the alleged mission—the story published Aug. 14.
Wired said the claims about the operation came from "anonymous Mexican and U.S. military sources."
Nothing like letting the target know you’re coming.
Obama hasn’t apologized to OPSEC although their messaging focuses on the importance of preventing the leaks that the president’s administration is famous for.
The US Report first raised concerns about security leaks in August, 2011.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 22, 2012)