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Benghazi has revealed to the world what conservatives have long known about Obama: he’s a liar. He doesn’t lie to protect the country; he lies to protect himself. After the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Obama did nothing and then lied to conceal the fact that he’d earlier lied to the American people that Al Qaeda was on the run – in part because he claimed to have had Osama bin Laden killed. He also lied to conceal that, while the attack was going on, he did absolutely nothing, resulting in four American deaths. And speaking of bin Laden. . . Now that Obama is in full “liar, liar, pants on fire” mode, it’s time to revisit the circumstances of an event that Obama claimed as his manly national security triumph and that he used to prematurely announce Al Qaeda’s death.
On May 2, 2011, Obama told a very simple story, mostly about himself, although he occasionally acknowledged other players, such as the Navy SEALS:
[S]hortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al-Qaida, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.
Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.
There was a widely reproduced White House photograph purportedly showing Obama sitting in a small chair in the back of the situation room watching events unfold. Countless people have pointed out anomalies in the photograph that indicate it might be a fake: Obama appears peculiarly shrunken, more so than perspective would explain. Just check out the unreasonable size difference between Obama’s head and Biden’s. Obama’s eyes aren’t tracking on the same sight-line as everyone else’s. He’s literally looking over their heads. Other obvious problems are that the light shines differently on people who are standing next to each other and that hands float around, unattached to bodies.
Now that we know Obama lies, it’s time to ask if, just maybe, the situation room image wasn’t the only fake. From the beginning, there have been questions about Osama bin Ladin’s body. The American people never saw a single image of bin Laden’s body. It would be too disgusting, we were told, although nobody ever explained why it couldn’t have been blurred where it was too gross. (Interestingly, American people, who understand the difference between dead enemies and innocent victims, handled remarkably well the image of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s battered body, following the Watertown shoot-out.)
Not only were we denied a glimpse of the body, we were denied any evidence of interment. We were told, instead, that the military disposed of the body instantly, with a top-secret burial at sea that included a full Muslim ceremony. That way, said the military, his body wouldn’t become a terrorist shrine. That doesn’t explain why a burial at sea had to be secret. Nobody’s going to make a shrine to th
There’s only one problem with that touching story of full Muslim honors accompanying a burial at sea for the worst terrorist mastermind in American history – no disinterested witnesses saw it happen. In November 2012, the Daily Mail reported that internal emails between military officers revealed that nobody on the USS Carl Vinson (a nuclear aircraft carrier that carries over 6,000 people, all living in close quarters) managed to catch this historic moment:
The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader’s death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department.
Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
One email stamped secret and sent on May 2 by a senior Navy officer briefly describes how bin Laden’s body was washed, wrapped in a white sheet, and then placed in a weighted bag.
According to another message from the Vinson’s public affairs officer, only a small group of the ship’s leadership was informed of the burial.
‘Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed,’ the May 2 email from Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette reads. ‘The deceased’s body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag.
‘A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body slid into the sea.’
Think about that: the AP, which we just learned the Justice Department has been spying on, demanded documents about bin Laden’s burial at sea. Although these documents were redacted, they revealed that US sailors, who might have been interested in seeing one of America’s arch enemies get buried, were nowhere in sight on a packed ship carrying 6,000 people.
And then add in two other factoids: The administration immediately identified the SEAL Team responsible for bin Laden’s death. Then, a mere three months later, the U.S. military put seventeen of those Team members on an improperly secured plane despite chatter about their being targets (thanks to the administrations’ boasts). All seventeen died, as well as twenty-one other American and Afghani military personnel. When the military held a formal funeral service for America’s slain warriors, it didn’t accord them the same honor the administration claimed to have given bin Laden: it denied them a funeral consistent with their faith (Christian) and, instead, substituted a Muslim invocation that, in pro forma fashion, cursed them as infidels.
At this point, why should we believe anything the administration says? It lies about birth certificates, it lies about the end of al Qaeda, it lies about terrorist attacks, it uses the IRS to coerce and destroy political enemies, and it spies on the same news agency that forced it to turn over documents about bin Laden’s burial at sea.
Shakespeare had it right: “Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.” Obama and his administration have forfeited the right to respect for their tales. We can no longer trust anything, and we must verify everything.