The Email detailed how the commander on the scene essentially sat on his duff under White House handcuffs as the orders were awaited... and then exceeded orders in ordering the rescue, which the White House then took full credit for.
I did, ahem, warn that the post must be taken on a caveat emptor basis, but say that the post appeared internally consistent and that I trusted (and still trust) my intermediate source.
The White House says however that it is BS.
Two senior military officials who talked to NBC about this both said essentially they have no reason to carry President Obama's water on this, but that he and the White House responded quickly and positively to the military's request. Given some of the details included in the email, military officials say it could very well have come from a "disgruntled" Navy SEAL who had no idea what the White House and senior commanders were planning or executing.
In addition, the email was originally passed around by a former admiral who retired in 1982 who told Navy officials he doesn't know any Navy SEALS and has no idea where the original email came from.
An "alternative timeline" is given in the story as well, which is inconsistent with the text of the email I posted.
And of course, neither of the "senior military officials who talked to NBC" were identified.
Like I said, buyer beware. However, I don't consider the letters "officially debunked," merely "presidentially denied." Much as one of Mr. Obama's more obscure predecessors "never had sex with That Woman." IOW, that's his story and he's stickin' to it.
I'm reserving judgment on this "White House denial" AND on the Email. Awaiting more information.
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Comments on the above story include THIS little gem:
why not chastise the republican operators for trying to politicize the military it was just a minor thing when Obama was just a Senator but now he is C-I-C and to undermine him is actually a threat to the security of the nation...
Oh really? To dissent from THIS White House occupant is "a threat to the security of the nation" but to dissent from the last one was patriotic duty?
Repeat of basic message:
It's gonna be a looong four years.