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Speaking Untruths, Even When the Truth Is Awesome


From the Wednesday edition of the Morning Jolt:

This Administration’s Signature: Stating Untruths Even When the News Is Awesome

Apparently the first accounts of the Navy SEALs raid on Osama bin Laden’s house were transmitted back to Washington by Emily Litella. This is why the initial description of the showdown with OBL described a scene with “a lot of violins” and how Osama’s terrible crimes completely justify the “deaf penalty.”

Hey, it’s only one of the most important military operations in recent memory. Why sweat the details? Politico: “White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday publicly revised the administration’s account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, telling reporters that the Al Qaeda leader wasn’t armed during the assault and didn’t use one of his wives as a shield.  On Monday evening, the White House had backed away from key details in its narrative about the raid, including claims by senior U.S. officials that bin Laden had a weapon and may have fired it during a gun battle with U.S. forces. Officials also retreated from claims that one of bin Laden’s wives was killed in the raid.  Carney read a statement to reporters Tuesday seeking to clarify discrepancies. He said bin Laden ‘was not armed.’ When a U.S. ‘assaulter’ approached bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader’s ‘wife’ rushed the assaulter. That woman was shot but not killed, Carney said.”

“Why the changes?” asks Michelle Malkin. “As the famous situation room photo shows, Brennan was in the room watching the raid video along with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others. He probably disclosed more than he should have and it’s possible his betters were forced to walk back his comments for opsec reasons. What’s your best, good-faith guess? Unfortunately, the discrepancies are going to be fodder for extremists on both sides of the political aisle. It’s a shame they couldn’t get their story straight and send out someone who had been fully briefed himself on the official narrative before briefing the rest of the world.”

Donald Douglas at American Power is appalled: “That’s a really big lie, that Osama resisted U.S. forces. And why? The administration didn’t want backlash against targeted assassination? How lame? The president’s been doing so well. I didn’t think I’d be going back to calling him ‘Obambi’ so soon. Sheesh.”

Tags: Barack Obama , Osama bin Laden


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