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The author of a new book describing presidential paralysis prior to the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout is demanding the White House back up its vehement denials with documentation.
“I call on them to release the full [planning] timeline, starting in October 2010, of each of the major decisions that the president made relating to the bin Laden mission,” author Richard Miniter told The Daily Caller.
TheDC asked Miniter if his inside sources might go public with their accounts of presidential indecision. “Yes, yes,” he replied. “There is a chance.” (RELATED: Book: Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at Jarrett’s urging)
Any confrontation between national security officials and President Barack Obama in the months preceding the 2012 election could hamper to his chances of winning a second term.
That’s partly because Obama and his deputies have repeatedly cited his risky decision to kill al-Qaida’s leader as a counterweight to growing worries about his non-confrontational response to the region’s rising Islamist political groups.
The White House’s principal deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest, today dismissed the revelation in Miniter’s book that Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s top aide, helped delay the raid by persuading Obama to call it off on three separate occasions.
“That is an utter fabrication,” Earnest said.