The Navy SEALS were great; it’s the White House that’s bungling the operation *UPDATED*
This is right on the money:
What I expected on Sunday evening as I waited for Obama to finally appear on television was a more detailed explanation of what transpired, beginning with a brief summary of the intelligence leading up to the operation and ending with photos of the compound and bin Laden himself. Rather than a presidential appearance with the pomp and circumstance of red carpets and the like, I expected the President to appear in the White House briefing room to make a statement and then leave the details and follow-up questions to the likes of his Press Secretary as well as military personnel who had been briefed on the details of the operation. Not surprisingly, I was disappointed.
It is now Wednesday and conspiracy theories abound due to the scarcity of information provided by the White House. I do not doubt that the American military killed OBL. I am, however, disgusted that the White House is offering contradictory stories. And I am disgusted by the silence that we hear from the media while questioning what in the world is going on. When presented with pictures of US soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the New York Times and other mainstream publications could not wait to print the pictures (and partake in the demonization of the American military) without regard to the risk posed to soldiers in the field. In this case however, the White House is holding back on releasing the photographs of bin Laden claiming that the release could be inflammatory.
As more information becomes available, such as the fact that Obama took 16 hours to make his final decision because he had to “sleep on it,” he continues to look like the incompetent leader that he is. According to this report, “the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think — and disappeared out of the room. The head of the CIA and other senior intelligence officers who were keen to proceed were left tense as they waited for the president’s decision.”
Be sure to read the whole thing.
UPDATE: Vodkapundit makes the same point.