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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    Comment number 41.

    "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."

    Typical FOX/GOP/TEA Party propaganda. If they were opposed to the president on reasonable grounds they might persuade me, this kind of over-the-top propaganda just makes me more likely to support the president.

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    Comment number 55.

    I'm an American expatriate who has worked for the US military, and honestly I don't recognise my own country sometimes. This is a disgusting use of veterans and unwitting testimony to why civilians must be in charge of the military, even when they're wrong. I'm ashamed to see this advertisement not because I vote democrat but because I'm citizen.

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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 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 29.

    I resent you maligning people who served honarbly in the military like the Swift Boat Veterans
    Manufactured outrage raises its ugly head again. Mr. Kerry also served honorably in the military, as did many others who you would, no doubt, malign yourself if their political views did not match your own.


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