Friday, January 13, 2012

"I don't think we're going to get Bin Laden"

You might remember Michael Hastings as the journalist with Rolling Stone who's article in June 2010 led to the demotion of General McCrystal. Hastings has published a book that expands on his reporting titled The Operators that is starting to get some attention. Rolling Stone published an excerpt this week and in it he recounts a conversation he had on April 18, 2010 with Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn, Assistant Director of National Intelligence.

“Why haven’t we gotten Bin Laden?” I asked.

“I don’t think we’re going to get Bin Laden,” he told me. “I think we’ll get a call one day from the Paks: Bin Laden’s dead, we captured al-Zawahiri. But we need closure on that issue.” We’re not going to get Bin Laden? Of everything I had heard so far, this stunned me the most. One of the top intelligence officers in the mili­tary telling me that we’re not going to get Bin Laden? Bin Laden was our whole raison d’ĂȘtre in Afghanistan. He brought us there, he’s what kept us there, and if it’s true that we’re not going to get him . . . What the fuck?

Thirteen months later, President Obama announced that Bin Laden had been killed by US forces in Pakistan.

Just a reminder...Any President Mr. Romney? Really?


  1. The thing is, we'd hope that "any President" would have done that, but there was one President who did. It's easy to say crap like that if you're not the one who has to make the call.

  2. In his typical fashion President Obama locked his gaze on the goal and took the steps to get there. I'm always glad to see people give President Obama his due. I wouldn't mind if the criticisms were accurate, but so much of it is fantasy, ill-will, rancor and pure bs.

    As always, Smartypants, thanks connecting the dots and shining a light to bring out the facts.

  3. The key ingredient that PBO had that GWB didn't have was determination. PBO set the goal to get bin Laden early in his administration, used the resources available to him, and showed the courage necessary to execute the plan while knowing that the consequences of failure would be great. I just can't see Romney having what was necessary to get the job done.