Daily Caller scoop: Obama didn't kill bin Laden fast enough

New book claims the president is so weak and ineffectual, he may have waited awhile to authorize bin Laden mission


Alex Pareene
July 31, 2012 3:55PM (UTC)

The Daily Caller has a scoop! Barack Obama didn't kill Osama bin Laden, because of political reasons, and it was Valerie Jarrett's fault! Obama canceled a mission to kill bin Laden three times, for... some reason. (Valerie Jarrett hypnotizing him.) But then I guess he uncancelled it and now bin Laden is dead.

This is according to an advance copy of a book by conservative war journalist Richard Miniter, and Miniter's source is "an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning."

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“President Obama’s greatest success was actually his greatest failure,” Miniter told The Daily Caller Friday.

That is a hilarious line. What?

The only way a "the president canceled a mission to get bin Laden" attack makes sense is if the president is one of the presidents who didn't authorize a successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden. That is true of every president besides the one that Miniter and the Caller don't like. Even if the facts of this story are entirely correct -- and trust me, they're not correct, it's a Daily Caller story -- it's... meaningless. Bin Laden could have been dead maybe a couple months earlier, if the president had real guts!

Also in case you're curious that huge New Yorker piece on the bin Laden raid completely contradicts what little there is to this very slight story. Also the Caller was accidentally full of hardcore porn ads for a while when this story went up, which was surely hugely embarrassing to the fine, upstanding producers of hardcore pornography who never intended to give the appearance of supporting Tucker Carlson's filth.


Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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