Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The daily caller reports that in the new book “Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors who Decide for Him,” Richard Miniter retells how Obama canceled the mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March under the advice of senior adviser Valerie Jarret. At the time, the White House blamed the delay on unfavorable weather conditions near bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. However, when Miniter obtained that day’s weather reports from the U.S. Air Force Combat Meteorological Center, he said, they showed ideal conditions for the SEALs to carry out their orders. If these claims are true then the cancellations would seem to have more to do with the optics of the mission and public perceptions about the president than real concerns about national security. I haven't gotten to read this book yet, it's scheduled for release on August 21st, but I'm planning to and if the story bares out like the caller reports than you can expect me to howl for the president to lose his job.