President Obama is meeting with TWO people today – and each of them is perhaps the most crucial figures in the TRUE story behind last year’s Osama Bin Laden mission – Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and former CIA Director and current Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Coincidence?
First, yet another excerpt from the original update shared with us by the figure we have come to simply call White House Insider – a telling of events that happened almost in real-time last May as the world was learning of the American military mission against the Bin Laden compound in Pakistan:
I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.
… The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama.
…Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forming a position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin again.
…What happened from there is what was described by me as a “masterful manipulation” by Leon Panetta. Panetta indicated to Obama that leaks regarding knowledge of Osama Bin Laden’s location were certain to get out sooner rather than later, and action must be taken by the administration or the public backlash to the president’s inaction would be “…significant to the point of political debilitation.”
… The president had been instructed by Jarrett to inform Mr., Panetta that he would have sole discretion to act against the Osama Bin Laden compound. Jarrett believed this would further delay Panetta from acting, as the responsibility for failure would then fall almost entirely on him. What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound. Basically, the whole damn operation was already ready to go – including the specific team support Intel necessary to engage the enemy within hours of being given notice. Panetta then made plans to proceed with an on-ground assault.
NOW LOOK AT THE ONLY TWO PEOPLE OF SIGNIFICANCE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS MEETING WITH TODAY:
APRIL 30, 2012, 10:39 PM
10:30 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:00 am || Meets with senior advisers (Valerie Jarrett)
4:30 pm || Meets with Defense Secretary Panetta
All times Eastern