Ex-Seals attack Obama's 'leaks' over Bin Laden


The video says national security leaks could be harmful to Americans

However nasty this election campaign gets, one thing no-one can take away from President Barack Obama is that he was in charge when Osama Bin Laden was killed.

If you think that, think again.

A tough new advert has been put out by a group calling themselves Special Ops OPSEC Education Fund, who say their mission is to "STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!"

The organisation, which claims to be non-partisan despite being fronted by several Republicans, accuses the White House of putting national security at risk by leaking secrets.

But its main purpose is to attack President Obama for what it calls his bragging about the killing of Bin Laden and his claim of all the credit for a military operation.

Obama certainly did instantly seek maximum political advantage and rather laid it on with a trowel. Remember that moody picture of him watching the op?

After the killing, the White House and the president took pains to suggest that the operation wasn't something that just happened, but was a presidential priority.

They stressed it required Obama to make a difficult and agonising decision to authorise the actual mission, against the wishes of many advisors.

To counter this image a former Navy Seal Ben Smith says: "Mr President, you did not kill Bin Laden, America did."

The Obama campaign has accused the group of "Swift Boat tactics", recalling a highly effective ad from 2004 which questioned John Kerry's Vietnam record.

The new group rejects the accusation, saying that campaign was about narrow personal details, but theirs is about wider issues of national security.

At first sight this is only going to persuade the converted.

But the general thrust is in line with the current line from Mitt Romney's campaign.

Obama's biggest positive is his "likeability rating".

This suggestion that he's boastful and politically vain, like Romney's argument that Team Obama are running a campaign of hate and anger, is designed to undermine the president's personal appeal.

Some, of course, need no persuading.

The former Seal, Ben Smith, in an article (I am presuming there are not two former Navy Seals called Ben Smith) is not as terse as in the video, but even more dramatic.

He warns that America is in the middle of a "cold civil war", which is about to turn hot as "the Obama regime running our country into the ground" prepares to impose martial law.

He writes: "Keep preparing for rough times ahead. Stock your pantry in preparation for lean days, even as the regime attempts to make such things illegal.

"Focus your mind on liberty, that it should never die. I cannot tell you exactly what is coming but I know, as do you, that something unprecedented in American history, perhaps even all human history, is coming soon."

Before we are all forced to take to the hills, the verbal skirmishing will get harsher yet.

Mark Mardell Article written by Mark Mardell Mark Mardell North America editor

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    Comment number 18.

    Panic stricken Republican desperation - looks like they finally realised that the charisma free flip flop train crash that is Romney is a liability - no doubt Team Murdoch and Co will be unleashing tsunamis of drivel to obscure meaningful debate.

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    Comment number 17.

    Re: #4 nya
    "Do Republicans take Americans for fools?"

    Yes. Why do think they keep trying to sell trickle-down economics?

    All due respect to the guys in that video for their service, but now they are playing political games.

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 15.

    Sounds like Ben has a touch of the old post traumatic stress syndrome - all this delusional hype and propaganda - classic symptoms.
    I think he should spend a little time in one of those cosy rehabilitation facilities - assuming they've not all been closed to fund billionaires' tax cuts.

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    Comment number 14.

    This is only the beginning. Romney, who in truth has been running for the last 5 years, now has only 3 months to close the gap on Obama. Nothing he has done so far has made a major impact, so using SuperPACs and their unlimited budgets to go negative is his best option to influence the majority of voters, who choose based on emotion, not informed self-interest. Sadly, it often works.

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    Comment number 13.

    Obama deserve every credit for the US taking out Osama & many of his lieutenants. He also deserve credit for the auto-bailout & bringing US economy back from the brink. Unlike "Veterans for Lies" which distorted Kerry's record & ultimately his presidential aspiration in 2004, Americans will see through this new group's lies. Under Obama, it is no longer about jobs loss, but creating enough jobs.

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    Comment number 12.

    Is Mr Smith implying that Mr Obama should start talking to Ecuadorian Embassy?

  • Comment number 11.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 10.

    The sad thing is that this tactic works. A series of lies repeated through the echo chamber are eventually taken as truth. It worked on Kerry.
    The spike in gun purchasing after Obama was elected shows just how many paranoid people there are out there. Ben Smith reminds me of my own right-winger brother, who once told me that Clinton would use Y2K as an excuse for martial law.

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    Comment number 9.

    The thing about rugged individualism is it leads to people becoming socially isolated which leads to paranoia. If America could tone down its authoritarianism at home and abroad, declare peace & bring these paranoid half wits in from the cold perhaps it might mitigate some of the endemic violence we hear about every day. The more rules you make the more people want to break them.

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    Comment number 8.

    In US elections money does not talk - it shouts. Ben Smith reminds me of the wayward commander sitting astride a descending nuclear bomb in Dr Strangelove. Personally I think Bin laden should have been captured but perhaps it was more exciting for the Seals to summarily execute him. Whatever it was on Obama's watch and at least it was a mission accomplished unlike the mess left behind by Bush.

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    Comment number 7.

    Kooks. These are people waiting for the Apocalypse, the same nuts who have been saying for 50 years that the government is on the verge of imposing martial law, so we should hide in our bunkers. They are the same people who accused Senator John Kerry of being a coward in Vietnam, even though Mr. Kerry took an enemy bullet in the leg in combat.

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    Comment number 6.

    Nobody owes Obama anything for the attack to kill Osama. It would not have happened if Republicans hadn't taken over the house and started analyzing intelligence reports and forcing the agencies. For all its horrors, at least the Bush administration gave due credit to the CIA and Seals for operational matters. Obama's left wing internationalism is jeopardizing National Security with populist leaks

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    Comment number 5.

    "I cannot tell you exactly what is coming", so why don't you shut up? "Mr President, you did not kill Bin Laden, America did." Really? If this were to happen under a Republican President, no one would have this. Instead, it would have been "Mr. So and So killed Laden." The hypocrisy of the Republicans is evident. A different set of rules for Democrats, and a different set for them. What a joke!

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    Comment number 4.

    What an unbelievable piece of crap! The inept Republicans should've known that even scatter brains wouldn't fall for this nonsense. Do Republicans take Americans for fools?

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    Comment number 3.

    Who put some of the Seals up to this? I didn't hear a murmur when W. Bush stood on a carrier with a huge banner declaring "Mission Accomplished" in the background. Without Obama's order, bin Ladin would still be alive in Abbottabad, plotting to kill Americans. Give the man his due.

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    Comment number 2.

    I personally think Mr. Obama's administration has been a disaster, but come on.If it was a GOP president do you think ex-Navy Seals would claim stuff like this?
    I don't even like Obama, nor Biden & I'm having to defend them here twice today!

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    Comment number 1.

    word to the wise for Obama navy seals would eat secret service guys for dinner. just be glad the seals are on you side other wise your toast.


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