August 16th, 2012
08:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Former special forces officers slam Obama over leaks on bin Laden killing

(CNN) - A web video featuring former special forces officers accuses President Barack Obama of taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and allowing classified information about the raid to become public.

The ad also includes former Navy SEALs.


Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
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  1. Desmond, a Canadian

    The levels to which this GOP campaign stoops makes me want to vomit! SEALS CAN OBVIOUSLY BE BOUGHT BY

    August 17, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. Yonni

    Republicans are tempering with the US constitution for political purpose. If they respect the constitution the president of the US is the commander in chief of the Army. The Army takes order from the president and fulfills his plan. The Army cannot declare war or cannot choose what kind of war to wage. According to the president wish the army proposes a plan to fight war and present to the president it is in the president power to declare or stop war. One of the beauties of the US constitution is that it doesn’t give the power and gun to the Army. Since, the military is armed the constitution take power from making war decision. This power is in the hand of congress and the president. This has to be honored and maintained. The army seal is a fractional part of the US army they are trained to fulfill whatever mission they have provided. According to the statute of limitation the army seal cannot refuse to act or question the order from his superior without questioning the order or the president’s motive. The military is not trained to do politics but to fight war.

    August 17, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Now let me see again because as i have said many times before all this thinking makes my head hurt!
    Who is CIC? The guy ( President Obama) who according to Republicans cannot lead or decide to do anything?
    He gave the order to the Commander responsible who had to have his approval simply because of where the attack was held = Pakistan.
    The US Navy seals or other US special forces were the child of the UK SAS.. these latter guys while active cannot be named ( even in court proceedings against them) nor can they say they are SAS. Once they leave any comment about what they did and membership is subject to official secrets act review "BEFORE" publication, or you are guilty of a breach of in the UK the official secrets act which has severe long term prison sentences.
    Former special service officers or navy seals need as the UK sas does to protect EVEN the identity for a very long time of such people to avoid them becoming a target of some jihadist... especially if they identify themselves.
    You leave it totally unclear if any of these " formers" were involved in the raid... if not thier opinion is irrelevant. If yes, they themselves have been a large contributor to security leakages, which the terms of service should prohibit.
    This is a " real low blow" in this campaign by a PAC of some kind but unlike the Obama case you dot immediately attribute it to Romney... I wonder why... c'mon guys this would never come from a Dem organisation.
    Stop waffling about the links it's a republican smear period.

    August 17, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  4. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    It is wholely ia_appropriate for this type of pissing & moaning from members of the armed forces, especially officers. I am old enough to remember when a true soldier wouldn`t be caught dead getting dragged into or involved in any kind of partisan sniping; regardless of their political affiliations.

    President Obama is NO DIFFERENT from the 42 Comanders-in-Chief that preceded him except in one aspect. I, for one, am tired of the disrespect shown him by Republican(s) with an axe to grind.

    Sorry, the old attack of "soft" Democrats or "commie, leftist Democrats that give aid & comfort to our enemies" thread simply doesn`t resonate. Seal members. we train you to carry out your missions, that`s it. Stay in your damn swim lane, lest the public [you know . . . that better than 53% that voted for Mr. Obama] start to withdraw support [financial, moral and societal] from you.

    August 17, 2012 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  5. bb

    These guys accuse President Obama for taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden. However, I don"t recall any complaints from these very same guys when Robmey told the nation that "it's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars trying just to catch one man." Robmey didn't care if America got justice or not. Where was their outrage?

    August 17, 2012 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  6. Bye Bye Republican Party: I HEAR your goose steps

    alleged special forces.
    actually paid actors.
    wear a purple heart and silver star; SCOTUS says you can do that and not earn it, or even be in the military.
    You will be more impressive in SWIFTBOAT 2.0

    August 17, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  7. Bye Bye Republican Party: I HEAR your goose steps

    How about those actors playing special forces at around 7:00 into their high dollar superpac video that Perry, Adelson, Koch, and Rove most likely paid for.
    All claiming the POTUS had nothing to do with killing Bin Laden. It was them.

    what scam by some fake actors claiming to be special forces. Who pays your salary little boys?

    Instead of

    August 17, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
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