The Obama Administration’s cloud of confusion explained *UPDATED*

Usually when governments use misinformation, they use it to make themselves look good.  The Obama Administration gets points for originality, insofar as it’s been using disinformation and misinformation to make itself look arbitrary, unlawful, helpless and stupid.  Here’s jj’s great summary:

Okay, what do we have here:

1) There was a firefight.
2) There was no firefight.
3) Bin Laden was “resisting.”
4) Bin Laden wasn’t armed.  (Makes the concept of “resisting” interesting.)
[4.a) And the newest one: the SEALS thought bin Laden was reaching for a weapon.]
5) He used his wife as a shield.
6) His wife was killed too.
7) He didn’t use his wife as a shield.  She ran at a SEAL who shot her in the leg, but she’s fine.
8 ) Some other woman — the maid? — was used as a shield.  By somebody.  Downstairs.
9) That other woman — downstairs — was killed.
10) Maybe not.  She was killed unless she wasn’t — and who was she, anyway?
11) Bin Laden’s son was killed.
12) Unless it was some other guy.
13) Bin Laden’s daughter saw him get killed.  She’s undoubtedly traumatized, poor dear.
14) They were going to capture Bin Laden until the problem with the helicopter, which was:

A) It had mechanical trouble
B) It did a hard landing
C) It crashed
D) It clipped a wall with a tail rotor, effectively a crash

15.) They were never going to try to capture him; it was always a kill mission.
16.) No, it wasn’t.
17) The chopper blew up.
18) The SEALs blew it up.
19.) Panetta said yesterday the world needed proof and the photo would be released.
20.) Obama said today in an interview he taped with Steve Kroft for “60 Minutes” to be broadcast Sunday that it won’t be released.  It’s too gruesome, would offend Muslim sensibilities (something he worries about a lot — I personally do not give a warm fart on a wet Wednesday about Muslim sensibilities), and how would Americans feel if Muslims released pictures of dead Americans?
21.) Kroft — who’s not a total idiot — pointed out that ever since “Black Hawk Down” days, Muslims have been doing precisely that, filming American bodies being dragged through the streets, filming Daniel Pearl’s head being cut off, filming any and everything.
22) Obama gets pissed at CBS, the tape gets cleaned up, that question disappears. (Inside info.)
23.) We got a “treasure trove” of stuff from hard drives, etc.
24.) There were no phone lines, and no internet access at the “mansion,” they didn’t even have TV — what “treasure trove?”
25.) There is obviously in the pictures of the place a large satellite dish.  I guess they used it for making salads.
26.) And now, just today: apparently the idea was to capture him, but only if he was naked.  There was a suspicion he might be wearing a suicide bomber type explosive vest, or belt.  So if he’s not naked and you can’t see if he has a vest on or not – shoot him.

The idiot Carney — they actually managed to find someone who makes Gibbs look good — is currently twisting himself into knots trying to explain why the photograph that the whole world was expecting isn’t going to be released.  (Obviously the thing to do is get Trump on the case, he’ll force Obama to release it.)

The military did great, the administration — or whatever that bunch is, kind of like “The Little Rascals” — have managed to turn it into spaghetti.  The story has changed so many times in the course of a mere three days it’s a joke — the world would be better off if Panetta had left the little shitwit on the golf course.

Cross-posted at Right Wing News

UPDATE:  I’m hearing a lot from people who think “there’s something wrong here” — and certainly jj’s witty and wonderful summary shows that there is indeed something deeply wrong.  Here’s my take on the matter:

I have no doubt that OBL is dead.  I also have no doubt but that, for reasons known only to itself, the Obama Administration is making its best effort to confuse the story so badly that people will doubt this ultimate truth.

When people say “something is wrong here,” they’re sort of right.  The “here” in which the wrongness resides isn’t this specific news story.  Instead, it’s an overarching pathology that we’re talking about.

That is, the SEALS did what they did.  What’s driving everyone bonkers is that this administration is incapable of being straightforward.  Serpentine deceit is its MO, regardless of the topic, whether birth certificates, health care debates, or sanctioned assassinations.  Everything is wrapped in a web of lies and confusion because of the paranoia, personality disorders, narcissism, and sociopathy that walk the White House halls.

UPDATE II:  At Gateway Pundit (which gave me a link, so thank you very much), I learned that the video feed wasn’t working, so that the now iconic picture of Obama hiding in the back of the Situation Room while everyone stares at the monitor is — well, another mystery to add to jj’s list.

Over at Free Republic, though, someone has the right idea about that picture:

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  1. Charles Martel says

    “And now, just today: apparently the idea was to capture him, but only if he was naked.” 

    I suppose that would fly in HuffPo/Kos World, but here in Reality, it occurs to me that a man on kidney dialysis might resist having to don protective bombs every day only to have to take them off three times a week and then put them back on. (Not to mention that the time they were off would have negated their, uh, protection.) And I suppose that sleeping in explosives was a real bear, too.

    It must be hard working for the smartest man to ever occupy the White House. So many complexities and nuances to keep track of!

  2. says

    jj: Okay, what do we have here:

    Bin Laden is dead, something that eluded the U.S. for a decade. There were no American casualties, and minimal collateral damage. From everything we know, even accounting for everything mentioned above, the mission was a resounding success. It seems as if it is impossible for this board to come to grasp with that simple fact. Bin Laden is dead. 
     

     
     

  3. SADIE says

    URGENTLY NEEDED:
     
    New list as to what has eluded Z in the past 5 years? 10 years? Lifetime?
     
    Yes, we’re all in agreement Bin Laden is dead and the military deserves all the praise we can bestow on them. What no one in the WH or elsewhere seems to understand are the ever changing facts. The limitations of Wikipedia at the moment, has hindered our thorough investigation.

  4. Charles Martel says

    Hey, Zach, I apologize for neglecting you lately. It’s just that abc has stolen a bit of your thunder. He’s a better writer, for one thing, and he actually acts like a (grumpy) human being when it comes to exchanging pleasantries with us.

    I haven’t forgotten you, but I’m kind of hoping you’ll take a page or two from his book. Right now you’re sounding a bit like “me, too!” You sure don’t want to end up being Andy Richter to abc’s Conan.

    Always nice to school you! Take care.

  5. Danny Lemieux says

    To Z and ABC:

    You’ve made perfectly clear that you are very happy with the deroulement of events in the Obama administration. Frankly, I am too…at least with respect to the bin Laden situation. But, tell us…

    you’ve got President Obama who has:

    1) Extra-judiciously killed a sworn enemy of the U.S. in a foreign country without that country’s position
    2) Vowed to extra-judiciously (i.e., without trial) other bad people is foreign countries.
    3) Relied on information gained from harsh interrogation techniques administered by the CIA and U.S. military.
    4) Invaded a country without getting Congressional approval.
    5) Invaded a country that posed no conceivable threat to the U.S. and, in fact, had disarmed its WMD programs in order to accommodate U.S. concerns.
    6) Invaded a country that has plays no role in U.S. geopolitical interests but is flush with oil.
    7) Invaded a country with a fraction of the international coalition that participated in Iraq War I and II.
    8) etc., etc.

    I am just trying to figure out what exactly it was that you hated about GW Bush so much, to the point that you would actively worked to undermine our President and our country during a real shooting war? Especially after all your pontifications about international due process and human civil rights, trials for terrorists, etc.

    C’est curieux!

  6. SADIE says

    Charles Martel
     
    LOL. I just had a delicious flashback to that wonderful Monty Python skit with the parrot … he’s not dead, he pining in the Fjords.

  7. says

    Danny Lemieux: To Z and ABC: You’ve made perfectly clear that you are very happy with the deroulement of events in the Obama administration.

    Didn’t say that. We were discussing the one issue. 
     
    Danny Lemieux: Frankly, I am too…at least with respect to the bin Laden situation. But, tell us… you’ve got President Obama who has:
     
    Danny Lemieux: 1) Extra-judiciously killed a sworn enemy of the U.S. in a foreign country without that country’s position. 2) Vowed to extra-judiciously (i.e., without trial) other bad people is foreign countries.

    The U.S. has a security agreement with Pakistan. Bin Laden was a declared enemy of the United States. As such, he was a military target. At any time, he could have ended his involvement in the conflict (though he still would have been criminally responsible for what happened before that time). 
     
    Danny Lemieux: 3) Relied on information gained from harsh interrogation techniques administered by the CIA and U.S. military.

    That’s not clear at all. Most of the information was gleaned through standard means. 
     
    Danny Lemieux: 4) Invaded a country without getting Congressional approval.

    That’s not required. The President has authorization to pursue terrorists, as well as general powers under the War Powers Act. 
     
    Danny Lemieux: 5) Invaded a country that posed no conceivable threat to the U.S. and, in fact, had disarmed its WMD programs in order to accommodate U.S. concerns. 6) Invaded a country that has plays no role in U.S. geopolitical interests but is flush with oil. 7) Invaded a country with a fraction of the international coalition that participated in Iraq War I and II.
    etc., etc.

    The U.N. has authorized action in Libya. 
     
    Danny Lemieux: I am just trying to figure out what exactly it was that you hated about GW Bush so much, to the point that you would actively worked to undermine our President and our country during a real shooting war?

    Huh? 
     
    Danny Lemieux: Especially after all your pontifications about international due process and human civil rights, trials for terrorists, etc.

    If bin Laden had been captured, he should have been tried for war crimes. However, he was a legitimate military target until the time he surrendered.
     

  8. suek says

    >>Danny, the UN has authorized the action in Libya. Clear now?>>
     
    Hmmmm.  So maybe those “One World Order” conspiracists  aren’t so nutso after all…

  9. e-girl says

    Random thought:  was the firefight actually with the Pakistani military?  If there weren’t guards in the compound, that would explain a few things.
    E.
     

  10. SADIE says

    was the firefight actually with the Pakistani military?  If there weren’t guards in the compound, that would explain a few things.
     
    Yes
    No
    Don’t know
    Maybe
     
    Mushy said that Pakistan was not informed prior to the hit. The WH said there was a firefight, but no photos will be made public. Pakistan sold three photos to Reuters (they’re on the net) of three dead bodies, none of which is of  Bin Laden.
     
    I hope I cleared that up for you ;)

  11. SADIE says

    More clouds and now ….a blackout, too!

    A photograph released by the White House appeared to show the President and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8493391/Osama-bin-Laden-dead-Blackout-during-raid-on-bin-Laden-compound.html
     
    Does this mean they were all posing in front of a blank screen?
     

  12. stanley says

    What is wrong here is not what is being discussed, whether or not Bin Laden is dead or not, whether Obama did a “courageous” act or any of the other details. What is wrong is that credibility is so scarce from government mouths these days that everything and anything is open to wild speculation. Nobody believes what comes out of the mouth of the president except those who have been innoculated by drinking progressive kool aid. To me the question is, is this confusion that reigns over all things Obama deliberate on the administrations part or are they really that incompetent? I also don’t believe that government was surprised or disappointed  that the Pakis might have been knowingly harbored Bin laden. When you buy loyalty you should know exactly what you are getting, and if govt truly believed the Paki were on our side then that indicates incompetence.

  13. says

    BW, can you get Gateway Pundit to credit you as “Bookworm”, rather than “Bookwork”?

    It’s almost like the two of you share a gene or something!

    Separated at birth?

  14. bizcor says

    Kudos to JJ on the post it was classic. The photo is priceless. That “hat” is about all I know about the royal wedding. Kudos too to the Seals who not only found OBL but also made sure we didn’t have a 5 to 10 year debate about where, how, and when to try the bastard. They have also spared us from candle light vigils calling for his release from prison. Finally if the little shitwit (I love that jj and I use it all the time) weren’t so intent on taking all the credit the Pentagon would have explained concisley what happened, that there were details that could not be discussed, and moved on. However with everyone concentrating on the misdirection and confusion the socialist/Marxist planning goes on unnoticed. Hmmmm

    Did I miss it or did he not blame President Bush for this?

  15. SADIE says

    Did I miss it or did he not blame President Bush for this?
     
    Stay tuned, Obama will visit Ground Zero in New York City on Thursday for the first time as president.

  16. Allen says

    Regardless of who did what to whom for whatever reason, I simply do not understand why we have failed to designate Al Qaeda for what it is. By anyone’s definition (historical, or contemporary) it’s a corps of irregulars conducting guerilla warfare against the U.S., amongst others. They themselves have identified themselves as such.

    This provides a significant bit of clarity as well as freedom of action under our own laws and the Geneva Protocols we are party to. An example, Osama bin Ladin, as the self-designated leader of a corps of irregulars conducting warfare, is a legitimate military target.There is no subsequent requirement that he be captured, and in fact there is no legal requirement that he should be first offered quarter. There is a legal requirement that if he had surrendered he would be treated according to the definition of irregulars.

    I have heard the argument that designating Al Qaeda  in a certain way provides them a certain advantage. I beg to differ. If Al Qaeda is designated as such, then anyone providing material support or aid within the U.S. can be properly considered engaging in espionage. Similarly, there are numerous laws and precedents that allow us to atcing many ways, while still maintaining our obligations.

    Hanging spies is a time honored tradition. Oh, and it’s legal.

  17. Rachel Carney says

    And NOW they are admitting (lying) that the video cameras documenting the operation magically cut out for 25 minutes. Just at the critical time. Yeah, RIGHT.

    How very convenient that:
     
    1) ooops the video cut out at just the critical moment- no visuals.  Imagine that “bad luck”!
    2) not releasing the photos-  too sensitive for our delicate eyes
    3) fast burial required to be “culturally sensitive”.  Translation: NO AUTOPSY
    4) mission carried out by secret Seals team (who get all the props from us!!).  So we can’t ask THEM about their orders/what went down
    5) military report- classified. Sorry.
    6) will we even see the DNA report?  How in hell do they get DNA results in less than an hour? 

    And there are koolaid drinkers who believe all of this garbage that the White House is spewing.  Can’t understand people.  Because we all know the politically motivated “official version” is usually as far from reality as it can get.

  18. Rachel Carney says

    And it was just reported that the Obama admin handpicked which people could attend the Ground Zero ceremony today (so showing the photos is “spiking the ball”, but him taking a victory lap at Ground Zero isn’t????).   How could they prevent some 9/11 survivors NOT be allowed to go?  This is insane?  Who is making these horrible PR decisions?  Charlie Sheen?

  19. xbacksideslider says

    Nixon’s tape erasing secretary, Rosemary Woods, lives!   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8493391/Osama-bin-Laden-dead-Blackout-during-raid-on-bin-Laden-compound.html   The irony is delicious.  They lost 25 minutes of helmet video?  Really?  Bull.   I’d like to know what the Seal’s orders were – alive at any cost? alive if possible? or shoot to kill?    The Go Pro video from the helmet of the Seal that shot the b*****d would tell us whether it was a killing in self defense, or a politicized murder on Obama’s orders by a Seal team that Obama media allies once called “Cheney’s Hit Squad.”  Demogogues.  Hypocrites.    Politically, Obama could not survive “rendition” of bin Laden, followed by his interrogation and open ended incarceration at Gitmo.     The Obama White House had no choice but to kill Osama – for their own political reasons. Worse, they squandered an intelligence bonanza.  With the delay afforded by bin Laden’s “courier” system, there is no telling how much time the CIA could have had to “sweep up” terrorists by exploiting the information from the computers and hard drives and thumb drives the Whiite House was so eager to tell the world about.

  20. Rachel Carney says

    I just read that even the DNA test can only verify that the body was from the Bin Laden family, not specifically WHO.  Could be the son they killed, did the DNA test on and dumped in the ocean.  Maybe Bin Laden was whisked away to a safe house.  Or maybe he died 8 yrs ago like so many of us believed.  Either way…without PROOF, nothing is for sure.  Like Reagan said, “Trust, but VERIFY”

  21. says

    I can’t help believe that this is happening for any other reason, but something smells fishy… It was announced that “with the cooperation of the Pakistani Government” we captured and shot Osama Bin Laden. Now Pakistan and the rest of the Arab world (of course) are outraged at this “covert” mission. Plus all the scandals surrounding the 2005 compound built for OBL and how we are expected to believe this was all above suspicion or knowledge somehow. Skipping all the mysterious events in between, we left the tail end of our secret stealth helicopter behind, and we are not getting it back from our “ally” immediately.
    Meanwhile, the Hamas has taken power in the new “democratic” Egypt and is now spreading quickly to the remaining Arab regions. They are already declaring war on Israel. Christians and other infidels are being murdered by the thousands.
    Something smells fishy. Is it possible that an agreement was made to trade Osama Bin Laden (Barrack Hussein Obama’s presidential ticket) for an Arab Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas take over among other things? Our administration still calls the many Arab civil wars a democratic freedom movement and says nothing about Christians being murdered among other atrocities moving rapidly towards a Caliphate in unity with Iran. We are not killing Qaddafi. Syria (Iran’s first ally) is chosen by the UN to “head up” the new Arab “Democracies” with no opposition from Barrack or Hillary.
    With that said, now President Obama is wasting no time scoring political points at ground zero.

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