2:00 PM, Aug 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Reggie Love says he and President Obama played cards during the Osama bin Laden raid, and that the president told him, "I can't watch this entire thing."
“Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,’ We must have played 15 games of spades," said Love at a public event.
Love was Obama's "body man," and spent much time with his boss while he worked for Obama at the White House.
UPDATE: The video has now been removed from YouTube by the user who uploaded it.
Allahpundit thinks the card games took place after the SEALs actually took out Osama:
My sense of the timeline in the context of him remembering that it was a long day before Obama went on the air is that the card games happened after the raid, during the time when the White House was trying to figure out whether it was really Bin Laden they’d killed and when they should announce it. More than one news outlet published accounts at the time confirming that O was in the room during the raid itself; he’s the one who said, with characteristic Periclesian eloquence, “we got him” after Bin Laden was pronounced EKIA. In fact, follow that last link and note that, contrary to popular belief, they weren’t watching a live feed of the raid itself. They were watching Leon Panetta on a live cam at CIA headquarters relaying information he was getting from the scene of the raid. Bin Laden was killed sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m. D.C. time (the raid took only 36 minutes), but it wasn’t until 7 p.m. that Obama was told there was a “high probability” that the guy they all thought was Bin Laden was in fact Bin Laden. Nearly four more hours would pass before he addressed the nation.
That’s the time frame that I think Love’s referring to — some point between 3 and 10:45 p.m., while the White House was waiting around for DNA confirmation that “Geronimo” was who they thought he was. The “entire thing” Love mentions was probably just the identification process, i.e. updates from Panetta on what they were doing to ID the body, how long it would take, and so forth. They were probably talking to foreign diplomats on the video screen too to give them advance notice, something that wouldn’t necessarily require Obama to be there. I bet Love will clarify tomorrow.
1:35 PM, Jul 27, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Are we watching the demise of al Qaeda or its rebirth?
A bracing new piece in the Daily Beast makes a persuasive case that it’s the latter -- that recent developments in Iraq, across the greater Middle East and South Asia point to a resurgence of al Qaeda and a strengthening of its affiliates.
12:09 PM, Jul 2, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Prosecutors in Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s case have introduced an intriguing piece of evidence: Osama bin Laden’s documents, or at least a description of them. The Associated Press reports (emphasis added):
2:24 PM, Jun 19, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was moving forward with its attempt to negotiate with the Taliban, which has opened a long-awaited political office in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban released a statement trumpeting its new political front. Within hours, Afghan president Hamid Karzai blasted the U.S. government, saying the talks will only advance “foreigners' strategies and goals” and are “completely in contradiction to the assurance that was given to Afghanistan by the United States of America.”
12:00 AM, Jun 3, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, added his rather important voice to the growing number of current and former officials who believe the Obama administration should expedite the release of some documents captured during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. And Rogers, in an appearance Sunday on Meet the Press, suggested that the Obama administration cherry-picked the few documents released to date to create a narrative about al Qaeda favorable to the president.
1:17 PM, May 3, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The special election campaign for Senate in Massachusetts is only a few days old, but it's already looking close. A new PPP poll shows Democrat Ed Markey leading his Republican opponent, Gabriel Gomez, by only four points. Here's more from PPP:
PPP's first poll of the general election in the Massachusetts Senate special finds a close race, with Ed Markey leading Gabriel Gomez by a 44-40 margin.
11:02 AM, Apr 12, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Top U.S. intelligence officials revealed new details about the exploitation of Osama bin Laden’s extensive archive during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. The officials revealed that at least several hundred intelligence reports have been generated based on an analysis of bin Laden’s files.
12:45 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
During the House Intelligence Committee hearing today on “Worldwide Threats,” Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper said that he has recently had conversations about releasing more of the documents captured in Osama bin Laden’s compound. More of the documents should be released, Clapper said.
8:36 AM, Mar 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In February, Esquire magazine published a lengthy profileof "The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden." The story did not identify the killer by his real name, referring to him only as "the Shooter."
The Shooter told Esquire that the night bin Laden was killed he had encountered al Qaeda's leader face-to-face in the top-floor bedroom of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden had been hiding for more than five years.
The war on terror in all its strife and ambiguity. Jan 21, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 18 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
Director Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker after a career of making worse-to-middling action pictures, is a visionary of the grubby. In that 2009 Iraq war movie, and in her new one about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, sand and dirt and grime and mold and mildew and puddles become characters as vivid as, if not more vivid than, the humans. Bigelow anthropomorphizes grubbiness—investing it with menace, or despair, or sadness, or pathos, or rage, or whatever the scene calls for.
2:55 PM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta kept his pet dog by his side when he discussed details taking out Osama bin Laden at his CIA office.
Makers of Zero Dark Thirty scrutinized. 12:15 PM, Dec 18, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In response to a report that classified information had been leaked to the makers of the Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says he's concerned.