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.

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  • rate this

    Comment number 338.

    Scott: grants asylum to people

    Sorry to UK that they are in such a tough situation
    As you guys are our friend, I wish it wasn't all put on you
    You just have to do the best you can+thats all anyone can ask

    Chryses: US economy is not growing fast enough

    Thats cause Obama puts social issues first+ economy issues on back burner

    I don't think he knows how to fix our economy

  • rate this

    Comment number 337.

    No such group was outraged when Bush put on bomber uniform and few onto a aircraft carrier with the banner "Mission Accomplished". Why the double standards on Obama??

  • rate this

    Comment number 336.

    The Economy is NOT the #1 thing on my mind!
    GOP may want it to be!
    Mine are :-
    #1 -Ethical & moral standards of Congress & House Reps
    #2 -Corporate Purchase of White House
    #3 - Corporate Welfare

    Take care of those & we have more jobs!
    We have growth!
    We have a governmental representation body that represents the needs of the people over the needs of corporations!
    We have the American Dream Back!

  • rate this

    Comment number 335.

    LucyJ (332),

    "... Why doesn't Obama talk about the economy instead since its #1 on everybody's minds?"

    I suspect because he feels that the U.S. economy is not growing fast enough to be used as a reason for a second Obama Administration.

    Foreign policy and military successes like the Bin Laden hit from the story above illuminate the President in a better light.

  • rate this

    Comment number 334.

    Scott: grants asylum to people

    Now they are saying that Equador is going to put Assange in diplomatic car, go through eurotunnel to Switzerland (which is how Roman Polanski escaped extradition)

    I do feel for the UK especially since this is happening after the Olympics

    Why did he go to UK- one of USA's closest allies- in the 1st place
    when he could have went to Equador instead?

  • rate this

    Comment number 333.

    ref #331

    Why does the press give time to union steel workers who were that good at their jobs?

  • rate this

    Comment number 332.

    All Obama wants to talk about is Romney's taxes
    All Romney wants to talk about is economy

    Romney said he paid everything the govt asked him to pay
    so the only one Obama can criticize for Romney's taxes is the govt

    Why doesn't Obama talk about the economy instead
    since its #1 on everybody's minds?

  • rate this

    Comment number 331.

    How many more disenchanted ex-something-or other loud mouths do we have to endure? For safety sake(never mind national security) why does the press give air time to these schoolboys who think they know something?

  • rate this

    Comment number 330.

    Media Matters attacked the Seals as cowards http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/16/navy-seal-responds-after-media-matters-staffer-says-obama-critical-seals-dont-have-guts/

    FYI MM is funded by George Soros who unlike the Kochs and Adeleson has casued harm to the economy

  • rate this

    Comment number 329.

    Even outside of the controversial issues
    Obama simply hasn't done a good job economically

    America's debt is higher than ever, the only jobs created are temporary or part time jobs+it just doesn't feel like he has a plan to change either

    Obama has had four years, the first two he could have done ANYTHING he wanted

    Are Americans better off after four years?

    I know in this area we aren't

  • rate this

    Comment number 328.

    322 McJakome
    “Waiting for optimum conditions is baaad, barging in unprepared and with 6-gun blazing is gooood, right?”

    How do you know Obama was waiting for optimum conditions, was the weather bad that day or something?

  • rate this

    Comment number 327.

    Scott: I can't fault the people eligible for it

    I can

    The biggest gangs in America now are the Mexican drug cartel

    On our border there have been multiple Americans harmed + some even killed by illegals

    Giving them citizenship for merely attending our schools is just plain wrong

    Anyone in the world can illegally enter USA+get citizenship

    This may not bother you but it bothers me

  • rate this

    Comment number 326.

    ref #302/307/310

    First it was an editorial from the Anti-Israel Anit Republican NYT not an article.

    Second Israel has been at war with Iran who has that regime been funding Hezbollah and Hamas.

  • rate this

    Comment number 325.

    Phfft: with Americans Vs Americans its a bit like Gettysburg

    Obama is splitting USA apart into two polarized sides with his divisive stances on illegal immigration+same sex marriage

    Every day he pushes us more+more

    He wants to mold us into something we don't want to be
    It may be who he is, but its not who we are

    Obama has pushed us too far

  • rate this

    Comment number 324.

    254. mscracker
    I am glad you see and oppose the hypocrisy. We disagree on real issues, and America is the better for it when compromise is reached. If decisions are based on hypocrisy, propaganda and refusal to respect or compromise with others we are doomed.

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    Comment number 323.

    With so many "This comment has been referred for further consideration" with Americans Vs Americans its a bit like Gettysburg around here.It has not escaped my notice that neither Blair or President Bush young folk are on the front line in Afghanistan,if that fight was so important.
    Love or loathe the Royal family,Prince Harry was at the sharp end.
    Politicians, jokers, liars & thieves.

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    Comment number 322.

    162. Kold1
    As we are all descended from the same small group of African hominids.

    171. Geoff
    Waiting for optimum conditions is baaad, barging in unprepared and with 6-gun blazing is gooood, right? Carter got heavy blame for a failed rescue attempt done in this way.

    Both of you and seamair [@193] need a bit of maturation.

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    Comment number 321.

    #199 - seamair

    "Hi, Saltpeter (187) - simply analyzing his delayed leadership"

    That's a reasonable criticism. Obama does seem to take forever to make up his mind. Health Care, troop surge in Afghanistan, Bin Laden operation. No one's perfect.

  • rate this

    Comment number 320.

    ref #298

    Lean and Means is not what the auto companies are not due to unions.

    Romney's plan would have been better for more people the only losers would have been the Unions

  • rate this

    Comment number 319.

    Mr Mardell

    Having followed your coverage of American affairs, and more recently the election, I find it very disappointing how persistent your left-leaning liberal bias is. The BBC, when I grew up in the UK, was supposed to be unbiased.

    This is not a comment pertaining to this specific article. However, you bring shame upon those who went before you and who lived by that standard.


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