11/14/11

Fake Bombshell: Obama Played Golf 20 minutes before Bin Laden Raid

Remember the fake controversy over Obama not issuing an Easter proclamation? Despite the fact that no president since 1980 has issued and Easter proclamation, that didn't stop the right wing making up a controversy. I was actually surprised no president since then had issued one. But it wasn't until the Faux outrage that I learned that. The attack on Obama was almost too ridiculous to believe. Now there's a fake bombshell that Townhall, National Review Online, Newsmax, Fox Nation and other right-wing websites are in a frenzy about regarding a book saying Obama was playing golf 20 minutes before Bin Laden Raid.


What's the bombshell? That he was playing golf?


The book, “SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden” by former SEAL Chuck Pfarrer. Obama was on the golf course until 20 minutes before the operation began in earnest, a move alleged to provide cover for the president if the raid had gone bad, according to book excerpts in London’s Daily Mail. It's not a secret kept for months that he was playing golf, in fact it was already being talked about after the raid. Yet the headlines are making the bombshell that he was playing golf.


The Washington Times already tried to turn it into an outrage after the raid. The rest of the right wing didn't keep up with what outrage to manufacture. They came a couple months to late.


It doesn't take more than one reader of the Drudge Report for screwing in a light bulb nor for doing a Google search to check whether a "scandal" is real or not for yourself. It's amazing what you find.

From USA Today
After playing nine holes of morning golf, President Obama joined his senior aides in the White House Situation Room at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday to go over final preparations for that day's top-secret raid on a complex 35 miles outside Islamabad that those in the room believed was built to hide Osama bin Laden [USA Today 5/3/11]
From the Christian Science Monitor
Come Sunday, Obama headed for the Andrews Air Force Base golf course, as he does on many weekends when the weather is nice. But he only played nine holes, instead of his customary 18, leaving after about three hours. The reporters who accompany him on public outings didn't think anything was amiss and thought the chilly, rainy weather played into the president's decision to leave several hours earlier than usual. What they didn't know was that Obama was heading back for that final meeting on the bin Laden operation. [Christian Science Monitor 5/4/11]


From MSNBC.com 5/3/11:

Obama's golf shoes a clue to bin Laden raid?... President kept his poker face for 72 hours as he held a momentous secret


Who is Chuck Pfarrer? Special thanks to the No More Mister Nice Blog for pointing this out:


Chuck says: "I've been a Seal for 30 years and I never heard the words 'kill mission'. It's a fantasy word. If it was a kill mission you don’t need Seal Team 6; you need a box of hand grenades."
First of all, Chuck, you haven't "been" a SEAL for 30 years. You were a SEAL for 8 years, and haven't been one for about 20. How do I know that? You say so yourself on your own Web site. After that you became a Hollywood screenwriter (dude! you're a co-writer of Pam Anderson's Barb Wire!), and you've written several books.
And if "kill mission" is "a fantasy word," someone needs to tell the Murdoch media, which also uses the expression. [No More Mister Nice Blog 11/7/11]

He also in the book has been pushing discredited claims about WMDs in Iraq and the threat posed. So it just diminishes his credibility even more.

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