August 20, 2012
By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A group of former U.S. military and intelligence officers, including retired Navy SEALs, appear in a 22-minute documentary that was released on Wednesday asserting that the Obama administration has leaked considerable classified intelligence about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden for political gain.
They also claim that the administration has given itself too much credit for this feat of American arms and intelligence gathering. The film even makes the dramatic charge that the Obama administration is “purposefully putting lives in jeopardy” because of its purported leaks about national security.
The charges bear some resemblance to the “Swift Boat” tactics used against Sen. John Kerry in the tight 2004 presidential election against President George W. Bush in which Kerry’s service in Vietnam, seemingly a strength of the candidate, was turned into a weakness.
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May 2, 2012
Over the last week a President Obama campaign ad questioning Mitt Romney’s decisiveness, his ability to make the difficult decisions, created a stir of criticism from the Romney campaign, the Republican Party and conservative media. These sources felt the politicization of an event meant to unify was in poor taste and inappropriate for a sitting president to use in such a manner. But this assessment appears to employ a fair amount of selective memory…
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May 1, 2012
All this criticism from the Republican Party around the “politicization” of the bin Laden mission is rather interesting. It sounds like Romney, and the Republican Party in general, do not want to be reminded of their long-term inability to attend to the terrorist leader. With Obama touting the successful mission, it places their inadequacies upon the public stage for all to see.
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January 31, 2012
This article calls into question once again the claims by proponents of torture that its methods played a significant role in the finding bin Laden and subsequent attack on his compound.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is acknowledging publicly for the first time that a Pakistani doctor provided key information to the U.S. in advance of the successful Navy SEAL assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound last May.
Panetta told CBS’s “60 Minutes,” in a profile to be broadcast on Sunday, that Shakil Afridi helped provide intelligence for the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.