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TALKING TOUGH ON TERRORISM
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 12, 2012) — During the vice-presidential debate which ended earlier this evening, putative Vice President Joe Biden claimed that on Obama’s first day in office, he “signed an order saying ‘My highest priority is to get bin Laden.'”
Was that statement accurate?
After bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, Obama said that “shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.”
Biden and Obama appear to agree on that point.
However, news reports from more than a year ago have stated that Obama hesitated three times before bin Laden was killed on the advice of senior adviser and former Chicago landlord Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett’s father-in-law was active in the Communist Party in Chicago during the 1940s.
Valerie had hired Michelle Obama to work in Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley‘s office, and both women later obtained highly-paid jobs at the University of Chicago, where Michelle’s salary almost tripled after Barack Obama was elected a U.S. Senator.
Obama reportedly not only hesitated about bin Laden, but also “canceled kill missions” which had been planned for three consecutive months earlier in 2011. After bin Laden was killed by a Navy SEAL raid in early May of that year, Obama claimed that the U.S. was aggressively fighting Al Qaeda. A former regional security adviser stated that he felt that “the Taliban is on the inside of the building” in regard to the lack of response from his superiors at the State Department for increased security prior to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. A former security team member in Libya stated that Al Qaeda’s presence in Libya “grows every day.”
Both men testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday along with two members of the State Department who maintained that State acted upon the intelligence available at the time.
In Libya, following the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to that nation and three other Americans, it was revealed by a former security team member that Al Qaeda is stronger in Libya than before the Arab Spring uprisings of early 2011.
Writer Mark Owen (a pseudonym), who was a member of SEAL Team 6 at the time of bin Laden’s death, said that just before the raid, “none of us had believed Washington would approve the mission” [Warning: profanity is used in the preview of Owen’s book.] Is that one reason why the Pentagon has threatened to sue Owen for publishing it?
It has been widely reported that one of the first things Obama did on his first day in office was to sign an executive order prohibiting his personal information from being released. At the time, a digital image of a short-form birth certificate had been posted on several pro-Obama websites n an attempt to convince naysayers that Obama had been born in the United States and was therefore eligible for the presidency. Although insisting that the short-form was the only “birth certificate” available, on April 27, 2011, under pressure from Donald Trump, the White House released a second image which has been declared a forgery by law enforcement investigators who have called upon Congress to take up their work.
A study of history during the time of the Framers has revealed that being born on U.S. soil was not the only, if even one of, the factors involved in being considered a “natural born Citizen” by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution. Many arguments have conflated the term “citizen” with the higher bar of “natural born Citizen” outlined in a letter by John Jay to George Washington regarding precluding anyone with possible foreign allegiance to be president and commander-in-chief of the United States Army.
Obama’s allegiance to the United States has been questioned numerous times as a result of actions which some have called treason. His State Department failed to provide Marines to protect the embassy in Benghazi, and the embassy in Tripoli was also reportedly unsafe in the months leading up to the September 11 attack on Benghazi. Obama has chaired the United Nations Security Council, approved the appointments of Islamists to prominent places in government, and met with members of The Muslim Brotherhood, which has declared the United States an enemy.
WorldNetDaily has reported that Obama has worn a ring for at least 30 years with the Arabic inscription “There is no god but Allah.” Glenn Beck attempted to minimize the implications of such a revelation with commentary rather than emphasis on the fact that the writing is in Arabic and refers to “Allah.” Some of the experts Beck consulted reasoned that the word “Allah” could mean simply “God,” so that the statement could be universal to all religions.
Obama himself has stated that he is a Muslim, that “members of his family” have been Muslim and that he has lived in “Muslim countries.” His public life story states that he has lived in one Muslim country, Indonesia, although the biography his literary agent had used for 16 years said he was born in Kenya. What are the other Muslim countries where he has lived?
Obama has signed legislation which has tightly restricted the banking, automobile and health care industries, including penalties for hospitals for readmitting patients who have been discharged within a previous 30-day period. After promising Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan that religious freedoms would be observed, Obama broke his promise and included a mandate which forced Catholic organizations to provide contraception, coverage for abortion and abortifacients in violation of the First Amendment.
Earlier this evening, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stated that the U.S. ambassador to France is protected by Marines and asked why our ambassador in an unstable nation such as Libya was not, ultimately leaving him vulnerable on that fateful night.
Editor’s Note: Additional fact-checking of the vice-presidential debate is here.