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Persecuting a SEAL for Taking Away Obama’s Bin Laden Credit

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 11, 2012 @ 3:45 pm In The Point | 2 Comments


Great American Hero and renowned warrior Leon Panetta, decorated twice for valor in the battle of Sugar Doughnut Hill, has called for punishing a retired Navy SEAL for taking away credit for the time that Obama parachuted into Pakistan and disposed of Bin Laden [2] with a lecture on tolerance.

Asked in a network interview if he thinks the writer should be prosecuted, Panetta replied, “I think we have to take steps to make clear to him and to the American people that we’re not going to accept this kind of behavior.”

Panetta was referring to the newly published account of the U.S. SEAL raid that led to bin Laden’s killing in May 2011 in Pakistan. The book was written by a retired SEAL under the pseudonym of Mark 0wen. He was subsequently identified in media accounts as Matt Bissonnette.

Clearly it’s the American people who want a Navy SEAL prosecuted. Not the petty despots holding down desks in the Obama Administration.

Panetta and the rest of the Obama Squad lost any moral credibility on this issue when they

1. Repeatedly leaked classified information to make Obama look good

2. Talked endlessly about the operation to make Obama look good… possibly causing the death of a SEAL team

3. Authorized a movie that was originally scheduled to be released before the election and gave the filmmakers access to classified data.

O’Donnell then asked Panetta a direct question [3]: What’s the difference between what the SEAL did and the leaks that have come from the administration to journalists and filmmakers? Panetta spun: “There’s a fundamental difference. The people that presented some of the details of the operations were authorized to do that by the president of the United States, who has that authority to do that, and inform the American people as to what happened. In this case, that was not the case. And that’s the difference.”

When you’re responsible for this sort of [4] thing…

Identifying the Special Operations Force behind the Usama bin Laden raid amounted to placing a target on the back of the team members as well as their families, according to the parents of Aaron Vaughn, a member of SEAL Team Six who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

“Aaron called me and said, ‘Mom, you need to wipe your social media clean of any reference to me or any of my buddies. Just disconnect completely,’” Karen Vaughn said her son warned after Vice President Biden publicly identified the SEALs on May 3, 2011 — two days after the raid.  “He [Aaron] actually said to me, ‘Mom, there’s chatter, and all of our lives could be in danger, including yours’ … then I realized all of those families, you know, you’re talking about a community of around three hundred families who were all of a sudden made targets by this administration.”

Aaron’s father Billy Vaughn said it was a betrayal to identify these selfless young men who put their country before everything else.
“We expect better out, out of the, the high-up’s in our government. We, as American citizens, look to our government.  We elect them, we look to them to take care of the best interests of the American citizen, and especially the warrior. And I believe what the administration did, then I believe it was criminal.”

… then you can no longer speak with a straight face about making it ” clear to him and to the American people that we’re not going to accept this kind of behavior”. The behavior is perfectly acceptable so long as it involves Obama and his trolls grabbing credit for an event they had little to do with while threatening to prosecute a man who actually risked his life for stealing their credit.

Furthermore it’s nakedly obvious that if the book had been more flattering to Team Obama, then there would be no talk of prosecution.

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[2] for taking away credit for the time that Obama parachuted into Pakistan and disposed of Bin Laden: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/defense-secretary-panetta-decries-navy-seals-book-on-raid-that-killed-osama-bin-laden/2012/09/11/6b33f7b8-fc03-11e1-98c6-ec0a0a93f8eb_story.html?tid=pm_world_pop

[3] O’Donnell then asked Panetta a direct question: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/11/panetta-on-national-security-leaks-president-obama-did-it-and-that-makes-it-okay/

[4] you’re responsible for this sort of: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/10/parents-seal-team-six-member-say-unit-endangered-by-obama-administration/

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