CIA Memo Reveals Admiral, Not Obama, In Charge of Bin Laden Raid

Approximately one year after the assassination of Osama bin Laden, a memo written by former CIA Director Leon Panetta has been obtained, revealing that President Obama was not, in fact, in charge of operation strategy in the hunt for the terrorist mastermind.

Bin Laden's Abbottobad Compound

Bin Laden's Abbottobad Compound

Panetta received a call from National Security Officer Tom Donilon confirming that President Obama had made the decision to “proceed with the assault” on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan after assessing a risk profile. However, the memo, released by Time Magazine, states that “the timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands.”

“The direction is to go in and get bin Laden, and if he is not there, get out,” read the memo. It does not clarify whether the intention was to kill bin Laden or to capture him.

However, the memo also shows that President Obama was not in charge of operation strategy as the mission was being carried out. Rather, Panetta noted that, “the timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands.”

“The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration,” said the memo.

President Obama has said that the decision was one of the “gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory.” However, it seems that the “gutsy call,” was actually made by Admiral William McRaven, head of the Joint Special Operations Command.

Two days after the memo was written, bin Laden was assassinated by a team of Navy SEAL commandos.

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Following the raid, Pakistan’s government claimed it had no knowledge of bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad. However, speculations have questioned how the terrorist’s presence in the compound could have been undetected by Pakistani officials when Abbottabad is home to a major Pakistani military base and only about 30 miles from the capital city of Islamabad.

Source material can be found at this site.

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    Former U.S. Navy SEAL, (and Unite In Action Director), Benjamin Smith releases
    an open letter to the President – calling Obama on the carpet once and for all.

    May 7, 2012

    President Barack Hussein Obama,

    STOP using the Navy SEALS as a campaign ploy, because with all due respect, (what little I have for you), you do NOT speak for me.

    We SEALS do not even seek the credit that you claim for yourself. We do the tough jobs that no-one else can, it is hard to do, and we never look for any accolades; that is why we, like all the other Special Operations Forces are termed “SILENT Professionals.” And it is certainly NOT in our job description to help your campaign and improve your polling numbers.

    Your LACK of silence regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden is all a sham designed to hide a weak un-American man desperate to claim the victories of others for his own re-election.

    You Sir are trying to take the credit for what the American People have achieved in killing Bin Laden. Your use of the SEALS’ accomplishment as part of a slanderous campaign ad is nothing less than despicable. I, as a former Navy SEAL do not accept your taking credit for Osama Bin Laden’s death. The American Military accomplished that feat. The American People killed Osama Bin Laden, NOT YOU, President Obama.

    Memos from then CIA Director Leon Panetta show that it was not you but rather three star Admiral and former Navy SEAL William McRaven who made the decision to get Bin Laden. But now that it is useful, you Mr. President continue to refer to the event as if it were YOU and you alone – your great leadership – which accomplished the worthy task of slaying one of America’s greatest enemies. When you addressed the country your language revealed your egotism – “I directed”, “I Continued”, “MY Intelligence Community”, “MY national security team”, “I determined that I had enough….”, “My direction….” I, I, I, my, my, my – words of a narcicist laying claim to a prize that is not his own.

    To make matters worse, Retired General Jack Keene recently informed the world that you knew of Osama Bin Laden’s location since 2010, yet you did nothing. Other reliable sources continue to report that not only did you attempt to stop or delay Bin Laden’s demise, you did not even leave the golf course for the situation room until 20 minutes before SEAL Team 6 took out Osama Bin Laden. Even the clothes you wore in the situation room betray this fact. This is a Commander in Chief? A man who takes credit for actions largely taken while he was out golfing?

    We men who have taken the military oath say ENOUGH. You do not speak for me, a former Navy SEAL, or any one of the league of men whom I have earned the right to be among. You are simply a man running for an office. Yet you behave as a glory hoarding ruler. You campaign to be our leader, yet in reality you wish to be our Master.

    The American people are the ones who got Bin Laden… You did not! We have fought wars and slugged it out with Vast Terror Organizations to get to the man you say YOU killed. The United States of American has won you a title sir and you have spent the last three years trying to beg, borrow and bow it all away. You just happened to be president of the USA when WE THE PEOPLE got Osama Bin Laden. We do not see you as heroic or stoic, we see you as the guy who let America Go – fat and weak. That is your credit – you bow to foreign leaders and pander to the press. You do not represent me as a Military Man. You do not represent me as a SEAL. You do not represent me as an AMERICAN!

    You do not speak for me or any American military man because though you may now be Commander in Chief, you are not the man to whom we can point our sons and say “This is the American dream, this is American Exceptionalism, this is what I wish for your future”, because you Sir are NONE of these things.

    You Sir are the antithesis of American Exceptionalism. Your idols are Saul Alinksi and Karl Marx and your revolutionary dreams and anti-American ideals poison your every policy. Your every action betrays the fact that in your soul you do not understand what it is to be an American, or even know what America truly is. Your agenda from the beginning has been to get rid of and kill everything that is and ever was American. You who so easily dismisses America’s greatness and bows to foreigners… YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME. YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE NAVY SEALS. YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE MILITARY MAN AND you SHALL NOT claim as your prize that which you have not earned. The Navy SEALS are NOT a campaign slogan to be bantered about for play. Nor are our accomplishments, including the demise of Osama Bin Laden, yours to claim – especially as a narcissistic campaign ad.

    Go back from whence you came Sir, for not only do you not speak for me, you do not speak for AMERICA.

    About Benjamin Smith – Unite In Action Director of Media & Military Affairs:
    Former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith took an oath to defend our Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. That oath has no expiration date. As an author, speaker, political strategist and ardent Constitutionalist, Benjamin Smith continues to battle tyranny and defend the freedoms that enabled American exceptionalism. Benjamin Smith is a regular contributor to multiple news outlets including Breitbart and Fox News, and serves on the Unite In Action Board of Directors as Director of Media and Military Affairs.

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