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May 04, 2011

White House Insider: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden

Photo of the WH War Room during the osama bin lalden operation showing an angry Barack Hussein Obama still wearing his golf attire and Bill Daley, Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates on the opposite side of the room.

This communication came from our long time D.C. Insider and details previous and ongoing conflicts surrounding the decision to assassinate terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

HC = Hillary Clinton

BD = Bill Daley

LP = Leon Panetta

CoC = Chain of Command/Commander in Chief

H/T Atlas Shrugs...RE Osama Bin Laden. Significant push to take him out months ago. Senior WH staff resisted. This was cause of much strain between HC and Obama/Jarrett. HC and LP were in constant communication over matter – both attempted to convince administration to act. Administration feared failure and resulting negative impact on president. Intel disgusted over politics over national security. Staff resigned/left. Check timeline to corroborate.

Now Intel already leaking to media facts surrounding how info obtained. Namely from enhanced interrogation efforts via GITMO prisoners. Obama administration placed in corner on this. Some media aware of danger to president RE this and attempting protection. Others looking for further investigation. We are pushing for them to follow through and already meeting with some access.

Point of determination made FOR Obama not BY Obama. Will clarify as details become more clear. Very clear divide between Military and WH. Jarrett marginalized 100% on decision to take out OBL. She played no part. BD worked with LP and HC to form coalition to force CoC to engage.

IMPORTANT SPECIFIC: When 48 hour go order issued, CoC was told, not requested. Administration scrambled to abort. That order was overruled. This order did not originate from CoC. Repeat – this order did not originate from CoC. He complied, but did not originate.

Independent military contacts have confirmed. Stories corroborate one another. This is legit.

The killing of Osama Bin Laden was in fact a Coup within Obama WH.


This update comes some 24 hours after longtime Washington D.C. Insider first outlined shocking details of an Obama administration having been “overruled” by senior military and intelligence officials leading up to the successful attack against terrorist Osama Bin Laden. What follows is further clarification of Insider’s insights surrounding that event.

White House Insider: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden

Source for what follows......

Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound. Was that accurate?

A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.

I was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton. She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such. As for Jarrett, her concern rested on two primary fronts. One, that the military action could fail and harm the president’s already weakened standing with both the American public and the world. Second, that the attack would be viewed as an act of aggression against Muslims, and further destabilize conditions in the Middle East.

Q: What changed the president’s position and enabled the attack against Osama Bin Laden to proceed?

A: Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid having one. Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forming a position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin again. Hillary started the ball really rolling as far as pressuring Obama began, but it was Panetta and Petraeus who ultimately pushed Obama to finally act – sort of. Panetta was receiving significant reports from both his direct CIA sources, as well as Petraeus-originating Intel. Petraeus was threatening to act on his own via a bombing attack. Panetta reported back to the president that a bombing of the compound would result in successful killing of Osama Bin Laden, and little risk to American lives. Initially, as he had done before, the president indicated a willingness to act. But once again, Jarrett intervened, convincing the president that innocent Pakistani lives could be lost in such a bombing attack, and Obama would be left attempting to explain Panetta’s failed policy. Again Obama hesitated – this time openly delaying further meetings to discuss the issue with Panetta. A brief meeting was held at this time with other officials, including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but Gates, like Panetta, was unable to push the president to act. It was at this time that Gates indicated to certain Pentagon officials that he may resign earlier than originally indicated – he was that frustrated. Both Panetta and Clinton convinced him to stay on and see the operation through.

What happened from there is what was described by me as a “masterful manipulation” by Leon Panetta. Panetta indicated to Obama that leaks regarding knowledge of Osama Bin Laden’s location were certain to get out sooner rather than later, and action must be taken by the administration or the public backlash to the president’s inaction would be “…significant to the point of political debilitation.” It was at that time that Obama stated an on-ground campaign would be far more acceptable to him than a bombing raid. This was intended as a stalling tactic, and it had originated from Jarrett. Such a campaign would take both time, and present a far greater risk of failure. The president had been instructed by Jarrett to inform Mr., Panetta that he would have sole discretion to act against the Osama Bin Laden compound. Jarrett believed this would further delay Panetta from acting, as the responsibility for failure would then fall almost entirely on him. What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound. Basically, the whole damn operation was already ready to go – including the specific team support Intel necessary to engage the enemy within hours of being given notice. Panetta then made plans to proceed with an on-ground assault. This information reached either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates first (likely via military contacts directly associated with the impending mission) who then informed the other. Those two then met with Panetta, who informed each of them he had been given the authority by the president to proceed with a mission if the opportunity presented itself. Both Gates and Clinton warned Panetta of the implications of that authority – namely he was possibly being made into a scapegoat. Panetta admitted that possibility, but felt the opportunity to get Bin Laden outweighed that risk. During that meeting, Hillary Clinton was first to pledge her full support for Panetta, indicating she would defend him if necessary. Similar support was then followed by Gates. The following day, and with Panetta’s permission, Clinton met in private with Bill Daley and urged him to get the president’s full and open approval of the Panetta plan. Daley agreed such approval would be of great benefit to the action, and instructed Clinton to delay proceeding until he had secured that approval. Daley contacted Clinton within hours of their meeting indicating Jarrett refused to allow the president to give that approval. Daley then informed Clinton that he too would fully support Panetta in his actions, even if it meant disclosing the president’s indecision to the American public should that action fail to produce a successful conclusion. Clinton took that message back to Panetta and the CIA director initiated the 48 hour engagement order. At this point, the President of the United States was not informed of the engagement order – it did not originate from him, and for several hours after the order had been given and the special ops forces were preparing for action into Pakistan from their position in Afghanistan, Daley successfully kept Obama and Jarrett insulated from that order.

This insulation ended at some point with an abort order that I believe originated from Valerie Jarrett’s office, and was then followed up by President Obama. This abort order was later explained as a delay due to weather conditions, but the actual conditions at that time would have been acceptable for the mission. A storm system had been in the area earlier, but was no longer an issue. Check the data yourself to confirm. Jarrett, having been caught off guard, was now scrambling to determine who had initiated the plan. She was furious, repeating the acronym “CoC” and saying it was not being followed. This is where Bill Daley intervened directly. The particulars of that intervention are not clear to me beyond knowing he did meet with Jarrett in his office and following that meeting, Valerie Jarrett was not seen in the West Wing for some time, and apparently no longer offered up any resistance to the Osama Bin Laden mission. What did follow from there was one or more brief meetings between Bill Daley, Hillary Clinton, a representative from Robert Gates’ office, a representative from Leon Panetta’s office, and a representative from Jim Clapper’s office. I have to assume that these meetings were in essence, detailing the move to proceed with the operation against the Osama Bin Laden compound. I have been told by more than one source that Leon Panetta was directing the operation with both his own CIA operatives, as well as direct contacts with military – both entities were reporting to Panetta only at this point, and not the President of the United States. There was not going to be another delay as had happened 24 hour earlier. The operation was at this time effectively unknown to President Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it remained that way until AFTER it had already been initiated. President Obama was literally pulled from a golf outing and escorted back to the White House to be informed of the mission. Upon his arrival there was a briefing held which included Bill Daley, John Brennan, and a high ranking member of the military. When Obama emerged from the briefing, he was described as looking “very confused and uncertain.” The president was then placed in the situation room where several of the players in this event had already been watching the operation unfold. Another interesting tidbit regarding this is that the Vice President was already “up to speed” on the operation. A source indicated they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain the Vice President was made aware of that day’s events before the president was. The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that of that room and its occupants. What that photo does not communicate directly is that the military personnel present in that room during the operation unfolding, deferred to either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates. The president’s role was minimal, including their acknowledging of his presence in the room.

"What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound."

At the conclusion of the mission, after it had been repeatedly confirmed a success, President Obama was once again briefed behind closed doors. The only ones who went in that room besides the president were Bill Daley. John Brennan, and a third individual whose identity remains unknown to me. When leaving this briefing, the president came out of it “…much more confident. Much more certain of himself.” He was also carrying papers in his hand that quite possibly was the address to the nation given later that evening on the Bin Laden mission. The president did not have those papers with him prior to that briefing. The president then returned to the war room, where by this time, Leon Panetta had personally arrived and was receiving congratulations from all who were present.

In my initial communication to you of these events I described what unfolded as a temporary Coup initiated by high ranking intelligence and military officials. I stand by that term. These figures worked around the uncertainty of President Obama and the repeated resistance of Valerie Jarrett. If they had not been willing to do so, I am certain Osama Bin Laden would still be alive today. There will be no punishment to those who acted outside the authority of the president’s office. The president cannot afford to admit such a fact. What will be most interesting from here is to now see what becomes of Valerie Jarrett. One source indicated she is threatening resignation. I find that unlikely given my strong belief she needs the protection afforded her by the Oval Office and its immense powers to delay and eventually terminate investigations back in Chicago, but we shall see.


Wild Thing's comment.........

This explains a few things I was wondering about. My questions I had were the look on obama's face when I saw this photo the first time the other day. He does not look intense like I would expect with a look of concern for it to go well, instead he looked angry to me, very angry. So this news in this post confrims he was angry .

Next we have to note how OBL had a freaking funeral and how obama does not want to offend muslims by showing photos of a dead OBL. He is always more concerned with how muslims will take things, how they are doing etc. then he is about our troops and non Muslims in America or anywhere else.

Add in that obama has not lead anything he is NOT a leader, not as president nor as CIC and all of this was WAY ABOVE HIS PAY GRADE. He is a man that makes threats to get his way, to get his agenda put through, we have seen plenty of that. He could not more of planned or been in on the planning of this operation then a dead rat.

I found this write up very interesting and at the same time not a surprise as we all have seen the character of obama which is one against going after terrorists no matter who they are. The R.O.E. prove that.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 4, 2011 05:50 AM


That is a strange picture. Obama looks like an angry child after he's been forced to do something he doesn't want to and made to sit through it.

Posted by: BobF at May 4, 2011 07:31 AM

I don't have a problem with these people taking out OBL. It seems that they Targeted obl and killed him. Does anyone else see a double standard here. When this started 10 years ago, had the Bush Administration came up with the same idea ''Targeting'' OBL would there not be a uproar of protests against this assassination plot. In fact didn't this come up during the 2004 campaign, Targetting an enemy for elimination. And how the democrats were all against that? Why are these democrats allowed these extended latitudes to stretch the rules so they fit their agenda. And why are the Republican a bunch of pussies, that just can't seem to get out of their own way. To do the same thing or make enough noise that someone would see the Hypocrisy of these losers in Washington.

Posted by: Mark at May 4, 2011 08:42 AM

If this story is true, then it proves what a weak man obama is. In the picture he looks small and withdrawn. It seems the only things obama is strong on are his Marxist agenda and his self promotion.

Again, if this story is true, Hillary Clinton came across as a strong person. I wonder if bad blood has arisen between obama and those of his inner circle in this story. That will not bode well for his campaign.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at May 4, 2011 10:01 AM

Bob F: my reaction to B.O.s facial expression was identical to yours. And Tom R-this sequence reveals that perhaps B.O. is out of control and not really in the loop. Obama is "CofC" and perhaps the "Clintonites"-Hillary, Panetta, et al. went over the C.ofC's head. This is actually frightening in our hazardous world. Will Panetta resign? He is receiving a lateral move, or perhaps it is a promotion. Who will prevail in the beef over the dead OBL photos-Panetta wants them released and Obama does not. This is not about whether anyone wants Obama to fail or succeed. This is dangerous for our nation as we do not know who is really in charge of national security at the moment. This is not good.

Posted by: Willy at May 4, 2011 01:09 PM

LEOn the Lion roared and Man Cub Simba purred? Now you know why so many anti-Bill Clinton 'witnesses' have disappeared in the 90's, eh? Good call for all America this time Leon.

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at May 4, 2011 01:25 PM

So Obama has not grown in Office instead Leon Just got sick of seeing a Democrat Administration drop the ball at every turn. Leon would do the Party a favor if he would run for President in 2012.

Posted by: Avitar at May 4, 2011 05:43 PM

Lets face it folks, o'vomit is a spineless, anti-semitic, America hating, islamic jihadist wannabe, faggot. I could go on and on but why thump on my keyboards keys over such a total piece of shit.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at May 4, 2011 07:21 PM

Thanks everyone.

I agree, I could care less who got rid of OBL and I am so proud of our Navy Seals and all our troops for all they have done do.

What I don't want to see is obama using this like he has done other things and fill it with lies. He is already more worried about the muslim reaction to what happened then anything else. sheesh

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 5, 2011 02:15 AM