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Malkin: The Fog of Fog

By Michelle Malkin

The official White House account of Osama bin Laden's demise has seen more slapdash cosmetic surgery over the past week than your average "Real Housewives" reality-show star. President Obama's allies attribute the bungled "narrative" (their word, not mine) to the "Fog of War." But each passing day -- and each new set of hapless revisions -- shows that what really ails the administration is the Fog of Fog.

Errors happen. Miscommunications happen. Confusing the name of which of bin Laden's myriad sons died (Hamza, not Khalid), for example, is no biggie.

But the hourly revamping of key details of Sunday's raid suggests something far beyond the usual realm of situational uncertainty that accompanies any military operation. The Navy SEALs did their job spectacularly. The civilians tasked with letting the world know about the mission, however, have performed like amateur dinner theater actors in a tragi-comic production of "Rashomon-meets-The Blind Men and the Elephant-meets-Keystone Kops."

Incapable of straightforward answers, Team Obama's clarity-challenged civilians have led nauseated news-watchers through more twists and turns than San Francisco's Lombard Street.

Take your Dramamine, and let's review.

Take One: Bin Laden died in a bloody firefight.

On Sunday night, Obama dramatically told the world that "after a firefight," our brave men in uniform "killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."

Embellishing the story the next morning, White House deputy national security adviser John Brennan said at his briefing that bin Laden "was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area of the house he was in. ... And whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly don't know. ... It was a firefight. He, therefore, was killed in that firefight."

Take Two: Bin Laden did not engage in a firefight.

The day after Brennan disclosed such vivid details, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney walked them back Michael Jackson-style. Bin Laden, he said in version 2.0, "was not armed." Brennan had clearly implied that bin Laden "resisted" with arms. Carney amended the narrative by insisting that "resistance does not require a firearm." How exactly bin Laden resisted, Carney would not say.

It's been all downhill, uphill, K-turns and 180s ever since. Fasten your seatbelts:

Take Three: Bin Laden's wife died after her feckless husband used her as a human shield.

Take Four: Bin Laden's wife did not die, wasn't used as a human shield and was only shot in the leg. Someone else's wife was killed, somewhere else in the house.

Take Five: A transport helicopter experienced "mechanical failure" and was forced to make a hard landing during the mission.

Take Six: A top-secret helicopter clipped the bin Laden compound wall, crashed and was purposely exploded after the mission to prevent our enemies from learning more about it.

Take Seven: The bin Laden photos would be released to the world as proof positive of his death.

Take Eight: The bin Laden photos would not be released to the world because no one needs proof and it's more important to avoid offending peaceful Muslims who supposedly don't embrace bin Laden as a "true" Muslim in the first place.

Take Nine: Bin Laden's compound was a lavish mansion.

Take Ten: Bin Laden's compound was a glorified pigsty.

Take Eleven: Bin Laden's compound had absolutely no television, phone or computer access.

Take Twelve: Bin Laden's compound was stocked with hard drives, thumb drives, DVDs and computers galore.

Take Thirteen: Er, remember that statement about bin Laden being armed? And then not armed? Well, the new version is that he had an AK-47 "nearby."

Take Fourteen: A gung-ho Obama spearheaded the "gutsy" mission.

Take Fifteen: A reluctant Obama dithered for 16 hours before being persuaded by CIA Director Leon Panetta.

Take Sixteen: Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and close advisers watched the raid unfold in real time -- "minute by minute," according to Carney -- and a gripping insider photo was posted immediately by the White House on the Flickr picture-sharing website for all to see.

Take Seventeen: Er, they weren't really watching real-time video "minute by minute" because there was at least nearly a half-hour that they "didn't know just exactly what was going on," Panetta clarified. Or rather, un-clarified.

Take Eighteen: Stalwart Obama's order was to kill, not capture, bin Laden.

Take Nineteen: Sensitive Obama's order was to kill <i>or</i> capture -- and that's why the SEAL team gave him a chance to surrender, upon which he resisted with arms, or actually didn't resist with arms, but sort of resisted without arms, except there was an AK-47 nearby, sort of, or maybe not, thus making it possible to assert that while Decisive Obama did tell the SEALs to kill bin Laden and should claim all credit for doing so, Progressive Obama can also be absolved by bleeding hearts because of the painstakingly concocted post facto possibility that bin Laden somehow threatened our military -- telepathically or something -- before being taken out.

Take Twenty: "We've been as forthcoming with facts as we can be," said an irritated Carney on Wednesday.

And they wonder why Americans of all political stripes think they're blowing smoke.

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    May 6, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Our Non-Serving fearless Leader’s idea of a firefight is his duck and cover when any political spitball is hurled his way. So much for his promised Transparency in Government. Here we have the most significant event since the towers fell, and all the American people get is one more mind manipulation of the American people for future political advantage. This is not the Fog of War,,,It’s our Presidential FROG OF WARTS.

    This story has more twists and turns than the ride he gave the American people down the slippery slope of his economic Brokeback Mountain Journey where he breaks his word, breaks our banks, breaks our economy and breaks the financial backs of the American Tax Payer.

    It’s all a Political Kabuki dance and theater.

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    • RWComment by RW
      May 6, 2011 @ 11:02 am

      Actually, the decision has been made definitely, now:
       
      They are gonna have another poll to determine what really happened.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      May 6, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

      Only after he sticks his finger up in the air to see which way the American political wind is blowing. His middle finger.

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  2. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    May 6, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Ms Malkin, my conclusion for this “bungling” is, because Obama’s approval is at an all time low, and has no achievements to speak off for his 2 years in office, he desperately needed some good news/achievement. So rather than waiting till they get all their facts, they shoot from their other mouths. This is such ashame considering the excellent job our Seal Team Six did!

    I said it the other day and I will say it again, gutsy my foot! I have news for Mr Obama, if he thinks this will make me vote for him, think again!

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    • sammyComment by sam
      May 6, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

      Good on you!   This bunch of thugs and fools in the White House can’t do anything straight forward.   They lie, even when the news is good.    Why would anyone vote for a guy who can’t even tell the truth about killing an evil terrorist?   After his bungling of the birth certificate problem, with a forged document, you would think he would try harder to be believeable.   Donald Trump could handle the bin Laden affair with aplomb, just as he did with his own birth certificate.   He makes Obama squirm and forces his hand to do things that he would rather not do.   Bravo!

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  3. JRComment by JR
    May 6, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    Now, now Michelle….let’s be fair.  Perhaps there was an AK-47 nearby, I’m sure at least one of his grandsons had a toy one there somewhere…
    Then he is either like a cat (nine lives) or has been put in cryogenic state and brought out of it to be killed again over and over for the other eight occasions.  Maybe that’s it, after being killed nine times and being thawed over and over, the body couldn’t be used anymore.
    And third, this all occurred less than a thousand yards from their Pakistan top military college and training facility and no one noticed US gun ships passing over and around?
    Of course if he was indeed alive, at his age and the physical condition he was in, would make him a creeping invalid, perhaps not even mentally aware or his surroundings.  Obama should be proud, he ordered killing of a person in decline (now a nothing) and made him a hero.
    Lying is a trap, a lie upon a lie always follows to try to cover up the previous lies.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      May 6, 2011 @ 9:46 am

      The only thing put away in Obama’s freezer in a cryogenic state are the Pictures of a dead Bin Laden who will get thawed out a paraded before the public when it suits Obama’s purpose,,,,Like two weeks before the 2012 election.

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  4. Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
    May 6, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    And if an anonymous senior defense official is to be believed, after debriefing the Seal Team Six members, a determination has been made that only one person in the compound actually fought back and he wasn’t in the main structure.  He was killed less than two minutes into the raid.  No one else was armed.  I’m glad Osama is dead, but this sounds more like an assassination than an attempted capture.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      May 6, 2011 @ 10:26 am

      Assassination of our ememies works for me. What does not, is the fact that the first casualty in any war is the truth, as spun by our prevaricating President whose prevailing prepondering prevarications define him as one OF the enemy, the Socialist Enemy.

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    • SAnnComment by SAnn
      May 6, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

      You are believing one of the statements put out by the Obama people. You have choices on this of what to believe as the list they are giving the American people is long. What I believe has not even been put forth yet and that is Osama was not a fool, he had to have security with him as well as on the property. That means weapons. The only people who can tell the true story are those who were there and that will not happen.  

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    • JambleComment by Jamble
      May 6, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

      I have been wondering how there could have been (according to the Administration) a “40-minute firefight” if only one person in the compound was armed. Has anyone explained that yet?

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    • sammyComment by sam
      May 6, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

      Who cares?   He’s dead that’s all that matters.

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  5. pleasepasstheteaComment by pleasepassthetea
    May 6, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    For the most fascinating read of what REALLY went down, go to
    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2001/05/skulking-towards-bin-laden-overridden-by-military-and-intel-officials-in-takeout-of-ubl
    It’s an insider’s account of what happened and it is most definitely NOT the way the White House is spinning it.  It explains the sudden announcement by Petraus that he was going to resign.

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  6. ter334Comment by ter334
    May 6, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    bin L is worth more dead than alive?  Now he can be cast in the role of a mytar for good old Mo and the cause.  I suspect al quida and Iran slipped out info and actually set O up.. I think this was 9-11 II?   But this is just a battle, not the end of the war. WWI and II were military wars.  The Civil War was about civil rights.  The holocaust was racism.  Assassinations are political acts.  Re Lincoln, JFK and RK. the  assassination of the guy in austia that started WWII?  And the assissation of bin  L.  Iran and Pakistan told us where   bin was, etc. and the pakistani army, with militray barracks near by did nothing to our helois?  (Now the UN, an islamic nest of vipers, wants to determine the legality of bin L’s resistance?  I wonder why they have not tried to determine the legality of the beheading of the journalist, or the fatwa out on Rashid ? by ayatollah Kohmeni?  No trial by jury for these folks either. 

    Instead of parting of the fog, like Mosess did with the Red Sea, O makes the fog more dense.  Like in BC and other personal records?  The Three D’s of Islam. Deception, Denial, and Distraction.
     
    Terrorism is a political war.  And Islam is winning.  We and them are not even on the same page.  Or  maybe terrorism is the army of a political system.  Note communism operated similarly to islam?  And we broke even at best using military tactics fighting guerrilla or political wars.   And we are breaking even at best now in Afghan and Iraq.  And we are even supporting our enemies in Libya and in Egypt.  You can trust what the muslims say or do, just like the liberals here in America.   Money is the most influencial thing in America. Even more so than the constitution.  I think that islam is the mother of communism, socialism, royaltyism maybe even capitalism all of which are anti-freeedom?  They just have a different “god” to be under.  Islam has been around for a long, long time.  And the growth of Islam in recent years has been because we are financing their activities with western dollars, US or euro dollars. 
     
    As far as I am concerned O put our seals at risk to give himself a shot in the arm.  He is a master politican.  He takes the credit and then sends someone else out to take any heat.  He can’t be trusted. 
     
     PS – O did this for his own politcial gain.  It has nothing to do with national security.  He was used big time by the muslims who are masters at shady deals and political warfare!  Or worse, where he is actually on their side?  We are essentially unarmed in political warfare.  Part of the problem is our govt has abandoned the principles embodied in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence ..  And today he is refocusing this issue on  how great he is to pay homage to the first responders.  What a cheap, shallow person he is.  The noble thing to do would be for him to resign for implementing islamic justice of putting to death anyone without proof of guilt!  Shooting bin is like al qaida beheading the journalist and others, especially women
     

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  7. IdylewyldeComment by Idylewylde
    May 6, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    With all due respect to Michelle, this isn’t the Fog of Fog.

    This whole nausiating mess was utter predictable:

    1. America scores a major win.
    2. Obama takes the bows playing Mr Macho.
    3. America is not fooled. Bush gets the real credit.
    4. Obama then deliberately begins to obfuscate the facts through the classic Lefty tactic of constant, ongoing revisionism to slowly belittle Bush and the military. He does this to spite Bush and to appease the Left … pettiness is the hallmark of the Obama regime.

    The problem, of course, is that Obama was a bit too clumbsy about it. He overplayed his hand and blew it, and the Fog got blown right back up the orfice it came out of .. only to be blown back out again by Carney, the official WH orfice, when his political BS reached critical mass and overloaded his ideological hemorrhoids at the press conference.

    This is the Fog of Stench .. and, boy of boy, can we all smell it.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      May 6, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

      What else do you expect from our Boy,,,Child-In-A-Man’s-Body President. His policies are the feculent frauds of mindless voter manipulation. These Socialists are not adult human beings engaging in political human DISCOURSE. They are childlike manipulating Politicians protending to be adult human beings whose main interest in reality is the relaxing and playing more games on the GOLF COURSE,,,,,,,,On the taxpayers dollar.

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  8. MystiComment by Mysti
    May 6, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    THE DICTATOR USED SOMETHING THAT HE SUPPOSEDLY KNEW ABOUT FOR 6-8 MONTHS TO BOOST HIS NARCISSISTIC, PSYCHOPATHIC EGO WITH THE HOPE OF WINNING THE ELECTION IN 2012.  HE REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO HARM HIS MUSLIM TERRORIST “FAMILY” FRIEND BUT HE KNEW HE’S IS “LOSING GROUND” FAST.  SO, “THE BRAIN” FOR THIS IDIOT TOLD HIM IT WOULD WIN THE ELECTION FOR HIM AND AMERICA WOULD LOVE HIM FOREVER BECAUSE THEY HATE BIN LADEN.  THE IDIOT DICTATOR DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH INTELLIGENCE TO MAKE “THE IMPORTANT CALL” OF ELIMINATING THE MOST WANTED TERRORIST IN THE WORLD.  OUR CIA, FBI, ETC., HAD TO CONVINCE THIS IDIOT TO DO IT.  IF THERE IS ANYONE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT CAN’T SEE THE POLITICALELECTION 2012)GOOD NEWS” IS A DEM AND DICTATOR LOVER.  I LOVE THE FACT THAT BIN LADEN IS DEAD AND DON’T CARE HOW BAD HE WAS MUTILATED OR IF HE WAS UNARMED BECAUSE HE DIDN’T HAVE ANY IMPATHY FOR OUR THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS THAT DIED HORRIBLE DEATHS BECAUSE OF HIM.  I HOPE THAT HE WAS TORTURED HORRIBLY BUT I KNOW THE SEALS ARE CARING PEOPLE AND ONLY DID WHAT WAS NEEDED.   I HAVE NEVER HEARD THE DICTATOR SAY, “GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” UNTIL THE LAST 2-3 DAYS.  WE ALL KNOW THAT HE HATES AMERICA AND CAME TO TAKE IT DOWN TO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY AND IS DOING A DAMN GOOD JOB.  IF HE WINS 2012 ELECTION, OUR WONDERFUL FREE COUNTRY WILL BE RULED BY MARXISM/COMMUNISM, RACIST, RADICAL MUSLIM SHARIA LAWS BY THE DICTATOR AND HIS THUGS AND GOONS.  THIS “FAKE, ILLEGAL, IMPOSTER DOES NOT LOVE AMERICA AND EVERYONE HAD BETTER HEED THAT FACT AND NOT LISTEN TO HIS  “FAKE SWEET WORDS” AND CONSTANTLY PATTING HIMSELF ON THE BACK FOR HIS “WONDERFUL DECISIONS”, ETC..  HE IS STILL THE ILLEGAL IMPOSTER AND NOTHING CAN WHITEWASH THAT FACT.   GET THIS THUG AND HIS GOONS OUT OF POWER IN 2012.
    VOTE FOR ALLEN WEST A TRUE AMERICAN WHO HAS MILITARY EXPERIENCE AND HAS THE RIGHT TO BE CALLED COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF AND KNOWS WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND HAS THE INTELLIGENCE TO MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS WITHOUT THE HELP OF THUGS AND GOONS.     GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR WONDERFUL SEALS.  GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR MILITARY.

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    • IdylewyldeComment by Idylewylde
      May 6, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

      I am proud to say that I helped finance Allen West in his bid for office.
      I did it because, as a fellow veteran, I had confidence in his priorities as well as his abilities.
      Given his zeal in confronting the Libolshevik Dems in Congress, and the RINOs in the RNC, I have been vindicated in my confidence.

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  9. taphiloComment by Tom Philo
    May 6, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    President Obama:  Time to make a decision that will directly affect 30 odd people: 16 hours.

    General Eisenhower: time to decide to invade France which directly affected 500,000 people: 1 minute.

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  10. dolagibbComment by dolagibb
    May 6, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    I believe that the killing of bin-laden is a fake, and was produced to have people forget the fake birth copy! DG <><

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