Obama Waffled on bin Laden Raid 3 Times
Richard Miniter's upcoming book fires political volley
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2012 7:25 PM CDT
In this July 13, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop in downtown Roanoke, Va.   (AP Photo/Don Petersen, File)

(Newser) – President Obama took such a cautious approach to killing Osama bin Laden that he actually canceled the mission three times at the urging of advisor Valerie Jarrett, according to an upcoming book. In Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him, author Richard Miniter writes that Obama even delayed the mission the day before May 2, 2011, when Navy SEALs finally carried it out, the Daily Caller reports.

“President Obama’s greatest success was actually his greatest failure,” says Miniter. But the White House is calling Miniter's version of events "an utter fabrication," reports Politico. "It's seems pretty clear that Mr. Miniter doesn't know what he's talking about," said a White House rep. And a report at Media Matters notes that Miniter's version doesn't jibe with the New Yorker's "deep dive" into the bin Laden raid.

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Aug 27, 2012 6:51 PM CDT
Timing is everything. He followed his gut, mission accomplished. Hmmm, that sounds familiar.
Aug 21, 2012 9:52 PM CDT
Right, Obama had no choice the last time. Its a fact. Osama Bin Laden was originally meant to be brought to US for a trial. That is why the mission was redefined two times. Then Dept of State changed this mission to a kill mission. Bin Laden knew a government secret . He was planning a financial attack against the US on a ten years anniversary of 9/11. He was killed on spot for this reason. He knew too much. It's a fact. Read Katz's book Living with Bin Ladens at http://livingwithbinladens.com!
Aug 1, 2012 6:49 PM CDT
Obama reminds me of that narcissistic little king in the Shrek series, he is so much more worried about his reflection in the mirror, than the shadow he casts.