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Michael Mukasey Latest Republican to Make a Fool of Himself Over Obama OBL Call

Scores of pages of al Qaeda documents seized in last year’s U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden were released Thursday. They comprise 175 pages in the original Arabic of letters and drafts from bin Laden and other key al Qaeda figures, including the American Adam Gadahn and Abu Yahya al-Libi. – The Osama bin Laden documents

REPUBLICAN SCRAMBLING BEGAN the moment the reelection ad for Pres. Obama, narrated by former Pres. Bill Clinton, surfaced, but has now reached epic levels with Republicans using former attorney general Michael Mukasey’s Breitbartesque Wall Street Journal op-ed from April 30th. That Sean Hannity is using the propaganda is predictable, but that Mukasey would stoop to these levels by assuming one C.I.A. memorandum tells the story is pretty remarkable and close to professional irresponsibility.

Consider the events surrounding the operation. A recently disclosed memorandum from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta shows that the president’s celebrated derring-do in authorizing the operation included a responsibility-escape clause: “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.”

Which is to say, if the mission went wrong, the fault would be Adm. McRaven’s, not the president’s.

This is the exact same case made by a Breitbart column I cited.

Mukasey went on:

Moreover, the president does not seem to have addressed at all the possibility of seizing material with intelligence value–which may explain his disclosure immediately following the event not only that bin Laden was killed, but also that a valuable trove of intelligence had been seized, including even the location of al Qaeda safe-houses. That disclosure infuriated the intelligence community because it squandered the opportunity to exploit the intelligence that was the subject of the boast.

Again, Mukasey assumes this from one singular memo? Unfortunately, as the CNN story from the top of this column reveals, which came on May 3rd, he was not only wrong, but made a fool of himself by deciding to play politics himself when he also didn’t know the full extent of what was retrieved.

The Christian Science Monitor also reported on the bin Laden papers.

People can argue about whether a political ad on the OBL operation and its success is “spiking the football,” but what cannot be denied is that if Republicans were in Obama’s position they’d ram it down Democratic throats. What also cannot be argued is that Pres. Obama took huge risks in going into Pakistan without permission, something Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden criticized him for suggesting when they were all running for president in ’08.

Mitt Romney can cite Jimmy Carter in a clearly prepared line that scores with his base, but there’s still no evidence whatsoever that he’d have proceeded with the raid inside Pakistan.

“It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” – Mitt Romney, 2008 campaign

You can argue Romney’s 2008 statement doesn’t preclude a daring call to send SEAL Team Six into Pakistan unannounced, but it does seem to judge national security issues on economic terms alone, not considering the blood the mission might have “cost” is equally important.

I say this also because of his statement on Chen Guangcheng, with Romney popping off when he obviously didn’t have enough facts, because few did. His injudicious politicizing of national security matters as a presidential candidate, both in 2008 and today, reveals a lack of caution and also shows he’s trying to act like he knows what he’s talking about instead of being confident enough to say, “I’m not in the position to have enough classified intelligence to make the decision from here, but the murderer responsible for 9/11 needs to be brought to justice.”

Mayor Giuliani didn’t hesitate to utilize 9/11, George W. Bush pictured 9/11 in 2004 reelect ads, and just this week Mitt Romney had lunch at Engine 24/ladder 5 firehouse that lost 11 men on that day.

This closes the case on political opportunism.

Considering Romney was nowhere in leadership on 9/11, but Pres. Obama took a lot of risks and performed his commander in chief duties with expertise on OBL, the case is closed when comparing the two as well. Romney would be wise not to try to insert himself on this front, but being a Republican he can’t help himself.

From Mukasey to Romney, Republicans are tripping over themselves to try to beat Obama at the national security game, which they owned from Vietnam until the disastrous Iraq war. That Obama is offering a solid chance for Democrats to out tough Republicans, I’d say leaning too far on the hawk side, must be infuriating to the right, but they need to get over themselves, because right now they’re making fools of themselves.

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16 Responses to Michael Mukasey Latest Republican to Make a Fool of Himself Over Obama OBL Call

  1. jjamele May 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    It’s too bad Romney was just bleating that BS to give cover to then-President Bush, because otherwise, I’d agree with him 100 percent.

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter May 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I kinda enjoy the way the repugnantklan/teabaggers all squeal if you say GM is alive and OBL is dead…..truly enjoyable.

  3. fangio May 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    It’s sad, but expected, to see that the political system in this country has reached the inevitable point where the members of said system have begun the inexorable process of consuming each other.

  4. Ga6thDem May 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    The GOP would be a lot better off if they moved away from OBL and on to the economy. Most voters probably aren’t going to listen to people argue over this nonsense. They still don’t realize that the Iraq War destroyed their foreign policy advantage for a generation.

  5. LiberalJoe May 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    I say keep shoving the OBL success down the Repub throats. And don’t stop.
    Politics is not beanbag,and Repubs are not above doing anything in any direction regarding National Security. Regardless of what folks say about exploiting the military-which it is not, it is highlighting a policy and planning success of an Administration that never took it’s eye off the ball. It is a legitimate success that can be trumpeted.

    Those of us on this site old enough to remember will recall Bob Dole when running as Pres Ford VP during ’76 berating Dems for Democratic Wars (Korea, Vietnam). The Repubs are truly repugnant. They just can’t get over the fact that getting OBL was not done by a Republican. OBL, the symbol of the GWOT, was brought to justice by a Dem. My response to the Repubs-TFB.

    The more the Repubs caterwall about Pres Obama politicizing it the more the Repubs dig a hole for themselves.They are keeping the issue alive and the Dems and Pres Obama are calmly and resolutely counter punching and sometimes leading with the jab. The Repubs are losing on this yet they keep at it.. What’s surprising is that the Dems haven’t caved into the Repubs.

    As to folks like Arianna Huffington with her distaste and scolding of the Pres for the ad. My response is STFU with your mealy mouth bs. Get over it.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter May 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      “I say keep shoving the OBL success down the Repub throats. And don’t stop.”

      From your lips to every Dems ears.

      “As to folks like Arianna Huffington with her distaste and scolding of the Pres for the ad. My response is STFU with your mealy mouth bs. Get over it.”

      It would not be possible for me to care less about what this gold digging political mercenary thinks about anything.

      • Lake Lady May 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

        My sentiments exactly. :smile:

  6. jjamele May 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    In other words, “so what if the unemployment rate is still very high, so what if jobs continue to flee the US, so what if taxes on the rich are still insanely low, so what if kids are still graduating college with massive, crippling debt, so what if wages are stagnant, so what if health care is still unaffordable, so what if we’ve continued our mad foreign policy adventures at the cost of blood and treasure…

    We killed a guy and we bailed out an industry! Yay us!”


    • LiberalJoe May 6, 2012 at 6:33 am #


      all your points are well taken, and I agree with your focus-those issues are tremendously important. In fact I agree with you all those points. Jobs need to stay, taxes for the 1% need to rise, college grads have too much debt, healthcare is still unaffordable. No question.

      Is Pres Obama a progressive -hell no, I’m not sure I want to vote for him again-he governs like a moderate Republican and too many DC Dems are leaning that way..

      But If Democrats are to be able rebuild the party and move the country back to the left, which is where the majority of the country is, and we want them to become more progressive, the Dems need to stay in power Part of that is we need to elect more progressive Dems, and many times it will mean taking out a blue dog in a primary whenever we can.

      Highlighting the OBL success and thus neutralizing the National Security argument that Repubs have had over Dems these past decades or so is vital to that. That is the principle reason the Repubs are in high panic and high caterwall. They know if they lose the National Security argument they then become exposed as having nothing but hate and regressive policies to offer the American people. That is why they need to have those ads off the air, and that is why they will “swiftboat” the President with a meanness that will make what they did to John Kerry look like a picnic in the park.

      For all the above, that is why I say shove the OBL success down their f#$%^&g throats.Every day!

      Just because I’m a Liberal doesn’t mean I’m a p@#$y. When the bully comes after you , you knock him on his ass.

      • Ramsgate May 6, 2012 at 10:06 am #

        LJ: For all the above, that is why I say shove the OBL success down their f#$%^&g throats.Every day!

        Completely agree. Only thing is, Obama and company have never been able to withstand that sort of GOP/right wing pressure. In time they will back down. I hope they won’t but every precedent suggests that they will.

        • Lake Lady May 6, 2012 at 11:16 am #

          Chris Hayes gave the example this morning of a EPA regulator in Texas who was doing very good work when the right dug up some obscure thing he said months ago and with a coordinated campaign got the guy fired by Obama.

      • Cujo359 May 7, 2012 at 12:39 am #

        the Dems need to stay in power

        Nonsense. Vote for truly progressive Democrats if you have the opportunity, yes. That’s not even all the congresspeople in the Progressive Caucus, though. You get what you vote for, and if you vote for Democrats to keep them in power, no matter what they do, you will just be telling them that what they’re doing is OK. They don’t care about what you think. They only care how you vote, if they even care about that.

        If you don’t vote for what you want, you will never get it. That’s what the TEA Party, the NRA, and the religious right have been telling us. Yet we still don’t want to absorb that lesson.

    • ladywalker68 May 6, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      And yon think Mr. 1% Bain Romney who likes to fire people and keep gazillions of dollars offshore is the man who has our best interests at heart and worries about the middle class and poor? You believe this out-of-touch robot is just the guy to fix the economy for the majority of the country?

      That is the biggest joke I’ve heard in a long time.

      He will fix it alright. He will put the final nail in the coffin of what is left of the middle class economy by sucking it further upwards and redistributing in corporate welfare.

      As Mittens bellowed: “Corporations are people, my friends.” And corporations are his friends so screw actual people. He promises to put a broken-down dressage horse in every kitchen That should feed a family of 4 for a few months.

  7. StrideHyde May 6, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Let’s hope “progressives” have learned to know one when they see one. The prevailing narrative in ’08 was that Obama was this “progressive” hope. Anyone who bothered to look at his record would have known otherwise. I have nothing but contempt for anyone who feels they were punked.

    • Lake Lady May 6, 2012 at 11:11 am #

      so true~

  8. Cujo359 May 7, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Mukasey made an irredeemable fool out of himself when, as a candidate for U.S. Attorney General, he said that he didn’t know whether waterboarding was torture.

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