In statements delivered Friday and Saturday, President Barack Obama said it was his drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq that allowed the U.S. to "refocus" on al Qaeda and get Osama bin Laden.This guy. What a national embarrassment.
"The drawdown in Iraq allowed us to refocus our fight against al Qaeda and achieve major victories against its leadership--including Osama bin Laden," Obama said in a speech at the White House on Friday announcing that all U.S. troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year. In his weekly address released Saturday, Obama repeated the assertion.
However, according to a report published by the New York Times on May 3, crucial intelligence that allowed the U.S. to locate Bin Laden came from an al Qaeda operative who had been captured by U.S. forces in 2004 in Iraq.A SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, Mr. President, and though the national media was fawning all over you for the "gutsy" call you made, none of them were in the chopper when the engine failed, none of them stormed the building when shots were flying around, and none of them had to high tail it out of there, so their perspective on what's gutsy and what isn't is a tad skewed.
Meanwhile, the Times is out of sorts, as its earlier article on May 3rd had gone to great pains to downplay the value of the information gained waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and attributing the valuable information as having come from Hassan Ghul, an al Qaeda operative captured in Iraq.
On May 3, the New York Times published a story headlined, "Bin Laden Raid Revives Debate on Value of Torture." The story downplayed the significance of the intelligence gained from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in helping the U.S. figure out who al-Kuwaiti was.Well, well, well. Tell you what, Mr. President, why don't you focus your efforts on lowering the sea level. When you get that one done, come on back and tell us what brave feats you've performed.
"In 2004, however, a Qaeda operative named Hassan Ghul, captured in Iraq, gave a different account of Mr. Kuwaiti, according to the American official," the Times reported. "Mr. Ghul told interrogators that Mr. Kuwaiti was a trusted courier who was close to Bin Laden as well as to Mr. Mohammed and to Abu Faraj al-Libi, who had become the operational chief of Al Qaeda.
In his speech announcing that he would remove all U.S. troops from Iraq before the end of this year, President Obama did not mention President George W. Bush.
Figures. What else would you expect from Fearless Leader.
Of course, when it comes to the Fast and Furious Mexican gun running program, he gives us an entirely different t.v. personality.