Tuesday, October 2, 2012

@MSNBC - Inexplicable Propaganda

Steve Benen

Now an excerpt from another @MSNBC article not worth reading  Inexplicably renewing the OBL debate    
"I continue to find this entire line of attack deeply strange. For one thing, Sununu is relying on an odd anti-Obama book that has struggled badly to stand up to scrutiny.
For another, Obama wasn't "timid on the first two or three opportunities." On the contrary, it was Donald Rumsfeld who called off missions to get bin Laden he considered too risky."
Concludes with.....
"But from a purely strategic perspective, what does Sununu hope to gain from resuming this fight? How does it help Romney to remind everyone that Obama took an enormous risk when he ordered the strike, but he made the tough call and it paid off?"

 Now we examine the highlighted  sentence above and follow the link to called off missions  to get bin laden and what do we find?  The link points to AQ leadership and Bin Laden is NOT on the LIST
But Glenn Thrush highlights another tidbit that seems important: six years ago, the U.S. was poised to launch a raid in Pakistan against al Qaeda, but Rumsfeld called it off. It was, he decided at the time, too risky.
A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan's tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and military officials.
The target was a meeting of Qaeda leaders that intelligence officials thought included Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's top deputy and the man believed to run the terrorist group's operations.
But the mission was called off after Donald H. Rumsfeld.... Members of a Navy Seals unit in parachute gear had already boarded C-130 cargo planes in Afghanistan when the mission was canceled, said a former senior intelligence official involved in the planning.
The article is more than flawed and I just highlighted the most glaring example of an outright LIE.
@MSNBC cannot be considered a news outlet by any measure and the consumers of this pablum deserve ridicule and scorn.