March 6, 2015 by
Two obvious takeaways from this.
1. National security is such a mess because White House staffers are obsessively micromanaging everything with a political agenda in mind. Intel agencies, law enforcement and the military are given marching orders that make no sense and told to cover it all up.
2. We’re in this current mess because Obama needed a fake victory that was built on layers of lies which went unquestioned by the media. There will be a hell of a book in this someday, but considering how much more biased the media is, no one will read it.
This is how the Bin Laden intel files and documents seized from his compound were used.
In a speech commemorating the anniversary of the raid, John Brennan , Mr. Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser and later his CIA director, predicted the imminent demise of al Qaeda. The next day, on May 1, 2012, Mr. Obama made a bold claim: “The goal that I set—to defeat al Qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild—is now within our reach.”
The White House provided 17 handpicked documents to the Combatting Terror Center at the West Point military academy, where a team of analysts reached the conclusion the Obama administration wanted. Bin Laden, they found, had been isolated and relatively powerless, a sad and lonely man sitting atop a crumbling terror network.
The White House was shaping the reports it wanted by shaping the evidence. This is the sort of thing the military brass usually gets accused of by the civilian leadership in wartime. Here it worked in reverse.
After a pitched bureaucratic battle, a small team of analysts from the Defense Intelligence Agency and Centcom was given time-limited, read-only access to the documents. The DIA team began producing analyses reflecting what they were seeing in the documents.
At precisely the time Mr. Obama was campaigning on the imminent death of al Qaeda, those with access to the bin Laden documents were seeing, in bin Laden’s own words, that the opposite was true. Says Lt. Gen. Flynn: “By that time, they probably had grown by about—I’d say close to doubling by that time. And we knew that.”
This wasn’t what the Obama White House wanted to hear. So the administration cut off DIA access to the documents and instructed DIA officials to stop producing analyses based on them.
Obama lied. Americans died.
And there were also things there that involved our “allies”.
According to one letter, dated July 2010, the brother of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s current prime minister, sought to strike a peace deal with the jihadists.
Al Qaeda’s network in Iran is also described in bin Laden’s letters.
During the Arab uprisings in 2011, Obama administration officials argued that al Qaeda had been “sidelined” by the peaceful protests. Just weeks before he was killed, however, bin Laden’s men dispatched operatives to Libya and elsewhere to take advantage of the upheaval.
Nothing to see here.
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