MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., August 18, 2012 – A couple of days ago I received a message from one of my fellow Vietnam Veterans. It contained a link to a new video, Dishonorable Disclosures, criticizing Obama for purposely or accidentally (because of ignorance) leaking intelligence to the enemy.
The video makers use the killing of Osama Bin Laden as the show piece to “prove” how Obama is endangering our military. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your political leanings, there is no evidence of their claims.
Communities writer Jacquie Kubin filed an informational article, with the video embedded, the day it was released.
To summarize, the video has several components:
- News announcers or political talk show hosts introducing the claim of intelligence leaks, taken from their regular broadcasts;
- History of the bravery and sacrifice of the military;
- Several experts talking of the importance of intelligence and why it should be kept secret;
- Four specific instances were, in their opinion, information was divulged at the wrong time or at all and its negative impact on our security;
- The rest of the video mostly shows these experts expressing their opinion on the leaks with Obama’s photo shown in every instance or when “politics” is mentioned.
The news announcers at the beginning of the video only introduce what they will talk about it in the report. There is nothing more. They are telling us that some are claiming that the White House leaked information.
There are no facts or resolution. It is like when the weather person indicating that there is important weather news, a tease.
The film’s next two parts tell us how our military protects us and preserves our way of life including some history to that effect. It also talks about the importance of intelligence. It is nothing more than a propaganda piece to appeal to our patriotism. I think all of us appreciate that and feel patriotic, but what do they prove about their claims? It just makes us feel good and tries to make us more trusting of what is said later.
There are four specific facts presented in the Dishonorable Disclosures:
- President Obama announced the success of the operation and took credit for helping plan it and in ordering it;
- Hollywood types were invited to the White House and told details about the operation;
- The government announced that US drones have killed some of our enemies in “neutral” countries;
- The government announced that the US and Israel introduced an electronic “worm” into the computer system of Iran’s nuclear program that delayed its implementation.
When Saddam Hussein was captured, tried and executed, the news, and photos, were distributed immediately and no one believed that we should have delayed these announcements. The same thing happened with the killing of Bin Laden, sans the photographs.
As for the possible benefits of delaying the announcement, it is illogical to believe that the thousands that witnessed the planning and execution of the mission would not have communicated some details to people outside of the operation.
Mentioning the specific unit that implemented the President’s directive does not put them in danger. Since the unit names are classified, there is no way to find out who they are. The rest of the world has known for decades that we use special units to handle special operations, one of them being the Seals.
Since the transcript of the Hollywood types meeting was never made public, we can only speculate what the president or any other Government official said. Knowing that the President is a fairly bright person, I assume that no intelligence was compromised. I would also make the same assumption of any other president (Bush, Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, etc.).
If anyone has ever doubted that we have been killing our enemies with drones, it is because they have been marooned in a desert island without a smart phone. To admit it does not put us in more danger.
As for the computer worm, there were reports about it for years since it happened. Admitting to something that we have been partly blamed for is not an intelligence breach. It was uplifting to a lot of us to know that we were doing something in this respect.
I didn’t see any smoking gun in this video. The few facts were either taken out of context or used for political purposes. This is nothing but a propaganda piece that tries to use our emotions to parse out a few facts to make the wrong interpretation.
Every time a negative claim was made, stills of Obama were shown. Interesting that the talking heads in the video keep saying how they abhor politics.
Mario Salazar, the 21st Century Pacifist, is a bleeding heart liberal, agnostic, exercise fanatic, Redskin fan, technophile, civil engineer, combat infantry veteran, jewelry maker, amateur computer programmer, Environmental engineer, Colombian-born, free thinker, and, not surprisingly, pacifist. You can find his articles - ranging from politics to cooking a mean brisket - in 21st Century Pacifist at The Washington Times Communities.
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