Step into a time machine with me, just stay in your own space. The year was 2012. Obama was proclaiming victory over the late night, Democrat-only passage of the “Affordable Care Act,” the bail out of General Motors, and the recent demise of Afghanistan’s Baddest Beard, Osama Bin Laden. His speeches on the campaign trail could be boiled down as simply: “GM is alive, Osama bin Laden died.” Remember? Sure you do. In addition to “I killed Osama bin Laden” Obama added “Al Qaeda is on the run.” Leading the American voters to believe Obama had this terrorism thing under control. My what a guy, Barack. Let’s keep this big-eared hero in the Oval.
Except like “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” the Obama administration wasn’t being 100% factual. After the terrorist’s glorious departure from life on earth into Hell below, his cave was raided, its contents categorized into thousands of manilla envelopes. Hopefully they had a label maker. Sticking with its trademark hubris, the Obama administration bragged about the raid’s voluminous yield. Enough was taken from The Bearded Terrorist to fill a library. Yet what was released to the public was a lowly 571 documents. That’s less of a library, more the homework pile of a professor’s unfortunate aid.
So why the discrepancy? I’ll let Stephen Hayes over at The Weekly Standard do his thing:
The answer: The self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” had spent more than five years misleading the American people about the threat from al Qaeda and its offshoots and had paid very little price for having done so. Republicans volubly disputed the president’s more laughable claims—the attack on the Benghazi compound was just a protest gone bad, al Qaeda was on the run, ISIS was the terrorist junior varsity—but the establishment media, certain that Obama’s predecessor had consistently exaggerated the threat, showed little interest in challenging Obama or the intelligence agencies that often supported his spurious case.
Shorter explanation: Obama wanted to get re-elected, and needed to do so based on his repeated lies that “Al Qaeda was on the run.” Except, not so. And with the Republicans calling him out for this oft-trumpted talking point, Obama kept any evidence which would expose his fraud, hidden.
In the weeks following the bin Laden raid, the documents went through an immediate interagency triage for actionable intelligence. That initial scrub yielded valuable information that led to the capture and killing of key al Qaeda associates. But then the documents sat, largely untouched, for months at a time. From that point on, the Obama administration’s interest in the Abbottabad documents didn’t extend much beyond their public relations implications. Simply put, a fuller release of the cache would have fatally undermined the message that al Qaeda had been decimated and that the war on terror was being reduced to a few mopping-up exercises.
Let me make it even clearer: it was more important for Obama to pack up Michelle and the girls on Air Force One and jet set to destinations expensive. All on the tax-payer’s dime. Traveling with the world’s most elite snobs took higher priority than the national security and counter-terrorism concerns of the United States. Got it?
But it’s worse. The administration said the 470K documents were likely “duplicates” and other such banal malarky. Because who doesn’t keep an extra 470K copies on hand? Preparation isn’t just for apocalyptically-minded hoarders.
But I’m going to let Stephen Hayes bring this one home:
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