A group of former U.S. intelligence officers and military operatives launched a media campaign yesterday admonishing President Barack Obama.
The Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund released a 22-minute film which accuses Obama of taking political credit for Osama bin Laden’s death. Also, it goes after the White House for committing intelligence leaks.
One of the talking heads in the film, Ben Smith, is identified as a Navy Seal and says, “Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not.” The group says it is nonpartisan in nature, but some media outlets are reporting that some of those associated with the campaign have ties to the Tea Party.
How legitimate are these accusations? Will these attacks hurt Obama’s campaign like the Swift Boat ads did for 2008 Democratic nominee, John Kerry? Or is this more bluster than bite?
Scott Taylor, President of Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, and 2010 candidate for Republican nomination to a Congressional seat in Virginia
David Mark, Editor-in-chief, Politix
Mark R. Jacobson, Spokesman for the Obama campaign; Senior advisor to the Truman National Security project; former Intelligence Officer who has served in the Army and Navy