This Administration Simply Can’t Run a Secret War

“The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It’s wrong.”
— President Obama.

With Diane Feinstein, the long-standing Democrat Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, decrying the “avalanche of leaks” which is compromising our allies, our intelligence operations and warriors, and our “assets” in the field, it is becoming painfully obvious that this Commander in Chief simply cannot properly run this clandestine war on terror. Witness his performance with respect to the bin Laden raid. Within hours of our valiant Special Ops teams getting the body of world’s most wanted man out of Pakistan, our President took to the microphone to take credit for the operation.

Sadly for his legacy, he gave away far too much information. He told the world which unit, SEAL Team 6, conducted the raid, possibly making the members of the unit the objects a worldwide Islamofacist manhunt. And he alerted our enemies that we had captured the hard drives and sundry data related to the persons and whereabouts of the al-Qaeda network. It was as if this president was saying to al-Qaeda, “Since its going to take us at least a month or two to translate and process the data taken bin Laden’s compound, you need to get yourself a new nom de guerre and a new set of safe houses right away.”

Rumor has it that the then Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, was so incensed by this performance, he made a special trip to the White House offering a new strategy for its communications department which he characterized by his admonition to “Shut the f___ up!” It is probably no coincidence that, Gates, one of the most respected men in the Nation’s capital, has since left the administration.

Over the past year, since the bin Laden raid, severely damaging leaks and revelations that many feel are intended to bolster Obama’s military bona fides have been relentlessly forthcoming.

The New York Times, on May 9, 2012 reported,

“…the Saudi authorities have said very little about the foiled plot, which involved a suicide bomber sewing an explosive into his underwear and detonating it in midair — much like the bombing attempt in late 2009 by a young Nigerian who was also recruited and trained in Yemen. The agent who foiled the plot — apparently by volunteering for the suicide mission himself — is now safely in Saudi Arabia, officials there say. But analysts have speculated that the disclosure may already have damaged Saudi Arabia’s carefully cultivated network of informants…

…Saudi intelligence officials have been deploying agents in Yemen for years, analysts say, in what has become a game of mutual subversion. In 2009 a Saudi member of Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate suddenly returned home and surrendered to the authorities, delivering a blow to the militant network. A few months later, another militant — the brother of the man who American authorities believe designed the underwear device in the recently foiled plot — intended to do the same thing, but instead detonated a bomb concealed inside his body on his arrival. His target, the kingdom’s top counterterrorism official, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, narrowly escaped death.”

What for many readers is not completely transparent in the above Times report is this—al Qaeda/militant Islam now has an explosive device that is not composed of metal, which can escape detection in airport security scanning equipment, which can bring down an in-flight airliner and can be implanted inside the body cavities of a limitless supply of Muslim volunteer suicide attackers.

A hat tip to Fred Fleitz of, an important private intelligence service — a leak which no one in the administration is disputing, is one where highly placed administration officials let the media know that the Israeli’s were negotiating with the government of Azerbaijan (on Iran’s northern border) to obtains landing and basing rights on their airfields in the event of an Israeli raid on the Iranian nuclear sites.

As LIGNET puts it, “The Obama administration is already worried that Israeli officials will not give advance notice of a strike on Iran. Can you blame them, given this administration’s willingness to compromise what may be classified Israeli war planning?”

For those in the media who thought that the Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame scandal of the Bush years was a big deal, once again, they have been made to look the irrelevant partisans that they are. The story of this administration, willing to compromise key allies and American security while it struggles to know how it will respond to the prospect of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of our fanatical enemies, is 100 times larger.

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:15-08:00 June 12th, 2012|United States of America|Comments Off on This Administration Simply Can’t Run a Secret War

About the Author:

Larry Kelley’s life was utterly changed by 9/11. On the day after the attacks, on his way to work, he was struck by the sudden realization that World War III had commenced. Like most Americans he desperately wanted to find out who were these people who attacked us, what could ordinary citizens do to join the battle and how can those plotting to kill us in future attacks be defeated. Mr. Kelley has written scores of columns on the dangers of western complacency.