Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama’s team to greenlight the bin Laden mission. Here’s the text, which summarized the situation:
Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.
The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.
Obama is shown as a chicken most craven.
The Raid on Osama
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It goes without saying Barack is no maven.
The timeline reveals that Obama was on one of his golf outings when the decision was made. Valerie Jarrett was not nearby and could not be consulted by Obama before making the Presidential O.K. Obama was called back from his golf game and given the ultimatum: Abort the operation in the next 10 minutes before the helicopters reached Pakistani territory or let the raid proceed. The military would take all the blame of a failure and Obama would get all the credit for the success. Even with that Obama had a hard time making a 10 minute call. (From an anonymous insider). (As you can see in the picture on right Obama does still have his golf-jacket on. There was no time to go in to his private quarters and change.)