The Fog of Fog

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Take Six: A top-secret helicopter clipped the bin Laden compound wall, crashed and was purposely exploded after the mission to prevent our enemies from learning more about it.

Take Seven: The bin Laden photos would be released to the world as proof positive of his death.

Take Eight: The bin Laden photos would not be released to the world because no one needs proof and it’s more important to avoid offending peaceful Muslims who supposedly don’t embrace bin Laden as a “true” Muslim in the first place.

Take Nine: Bin Laden’s compound was a lavish mansion.

Take Ten: Bin Laden’s compound was a glorified pigsty.

Take Eleven: Bin Laden’s compound had absolutely no television, phone or computer access.

Take Twelve: Bin Laden’s compound was stocked with hard drives, thumb drives, DVDs and computers galore.

Take Thirteen: Er, remember that statement about bin Laden being armed? And then not armed? Well, the new version is that he had an AK-47 “nearby.”

Take Fourteen: A gung-ho Obama spearheaded the “gutsy” mission.

Take Fifteen: A reluctant Obama dithered for 16 hours before being persuaded by CIA Director Leon Panetta.

Take Sixteen: Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and close advisers watched the raid unfold in real time — “minute by minute,” according to Carney — and a gripping insider photo was posted immediately by the White House on the Flickr picture-sharing website for all to see.

Take Seventeen: Er, they weren’t really watching real-time video “minute by minute” because there was at least nearly a half-hour that they “didn’t know just exactly what was going on,” Panetta clarified. Or rather, un-clarified.

Take Eighteen: Stalwart Obama’s order was to kill, not capture, bin Laden.

Take Nineteen: Sensitive Obama’s order was to kill or capture — and that’s why the SEAL team gave him a chance to surrender, upon which he resisted with arms, or actually didn’t resist with arms, but sort of resisted without arms, except there was an AK-47 nearby, sort of, or maybe not, thus making it possible to assert that while Decisive Obama did tell the SEALs to kill bin Laden and should claim all credit for doing so, Progressive Obama can also be absolved by bleeding hearts because of the painstakingly concocted post facto possibility that bin Laden somehow threatened our military — telepathically or something — before being taken out.

Take Twenty: “We’ve been as forthcoming with facts as we can be,” said an irritated Carney on Wednesday.

And they wonder why Americans of all political stripes think they’re blowing smoke.


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  • Reader in Detroit

    Please provide a detailed citation (publication, title of article, date, author) for each "Take" you list in your posting, Michelle? I ask this because it looks like, at a minimum, you've interpreted some of the statements the White House has issued, differently than other readers might have. Of course, it's hard to know whether you've misinterpreted anything because no citations to actual specific White House statements have been provided yet. Thank you.

    • M Robs

      Watch the news moron all of these lies have been put out by the WH. Do your own research it is very easy these days with a thing called the internet.

  • Michael

    You'd think they would at least get their stories straight. They had months to plan the mission and no one thought about the press release! Every time you change the story you give the Arab conspiracy nuts an opportunity to confuse people. Sloppy. Personally, I don't care if they shot him in his sleep.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    When one embarks upon a course of deception it becomes extremely difficult to remember which lies you have told, which lies you SHOULD have told but didn't, and which lies are too close to the Truth for comfort.

    American leftists have long been in that unenviable position, since if they were to simply tell the truth they would never be able to win ANY election ANYWHERE (except, possibly, Port St. Lucy or Rio Linda.)

  • Dawn Sea

    "And they wonder why Americans of all political stripes think they’re blowing smoke."

    …or, smoking "blow". more likely <;))=.

  • Guest

    Maxwell Smart should lend Obama his Cone of Silence…

  • StephenD

    Excellent article Ms. Malkin. A satirical situation comedy couldn't have done it better. Too bad it isn't a sit-com but the seat of power for this country. May God save America.

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  • Jim_C

    Gee Michelle, it's almost like you wish bin Ladin were still alive.

    • M Robs

      Gee Jim C, it's almost as if you can't stand anyone pointing out the unending deceit of Obumble.

      • Jim_C

        Prove any "deceit." I'll save you the trouble: you can't. But you might want to help me with Ms. Malkin, here: what is this professional airhead's point, again?

        • M Robs

          Jim C – If Obumble's lips are moving – Obumble is lying – same goes for his press secretary. The deceit of this administration has been proven over and over again. The problem with you liberals is you don't want to see the truth. As Jack Nicholson once said YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

  • Michael Canzano

    This article was funnier than some of Hollywood's comedy films .Still chuckling . Thanks Mrs. Malkin.
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

  • Jim_C

    Nothing like nitpicking the death of America's #1 enemy to make a twit like Malkin (I'm trying to be real generous, here) feel like she is entitled to some sort of relevance.

    Bin Ladin's dead, and Obama gets some credit for it. Get over it.

    • Maxie

      "Bin Ladin's dead, and Obama gets some credit for it. Get over it."

      The keyword is 'some' implying 'what' and that what Malkin was satirizing. The point being that the disingenuous Left can't decide how to characterize (fictionalize?) Obama's role in the takedown. Hard boiled? Nah, out of character. Compassionate reluctance? Nah, too wimpy. He was playing golf and didn't know what was going on. Nah, too incompetent.
      Anyway 99.8% of the credit belongs to W's Adm. Get over it.

  • Michael Canzano

    Jim_C , Had the assaination been carried out under the Bush administration ,my guess is you would have screamed bloody murder , sent condolences to the Bin Ladin family ,
    pulled up stakes from where ever you abide and moved to Pakistan along with Reader from Detroit / Dearborn.
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

    • M Robs

      Michael – if only Jim C and all of his liberal friends would move to Pakistan the world would be a much better place. Oh and it would be even better if they took all of their Islamic friends with them.

  • Madison

    We are not supposed to notice when the left "changes their positions", "misspeaks", or if they flat out lie. When someone makes a statement one day, then makes a completely opposite statement another day, we are supposed to behave like the sheeples and acquire amnesia. I see nothing wrong with expecting, if not honesty, then at least consistency, from the powers that be, whether left or right. That does not make me and airhead, a racist, or a radical.