The Fog of Fog

The official
White House account of Osama bin Laden`s demise has seen
more slapdash cosmetic surgery over the past week than
your average
"Real Housewives"
reality-show star. President
Obama`s allies attribute the bungled
(their word, not mine) to the
"Fog of War."
But each passing day—and each new set of hapless
revisions—shows that what really ails the administration
is the Fog of Fog.

Errors happen.
Miscommunications happen. Confusing the name of which of
bin Laden`s myriad sons died (Hamza, not Khalid), for
example, is no biggie.

But the hourly
revamping of key details of Sunday`s raid suggests
something far beyond the usual realm of situational
uncertainty that accompanies any military operation. The
Navy SEALs did their job

. The civilians tasked with letting the
world know about the mission, however, have performed
like amateur dinner theater actors in a tragi-comic
production of
The Blind Men and the Elephant-meets-Keystone Kops."

Incapable of
straightforward answers, Team Obama`s clarity-challenged
civilians have led nauseated news-watchers through more
twists and turns than San Francisco`s

Lombard Street.

Take your
Dramamine, and let`s review.

Take One: Bin
Laden died in a bloody firefight.

On Sunday night,
Obama dramatically told the world that
"after a
our brave men in uniform
"killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."

Embellishing the
story the next morning, White House deputy national
security adviser John Brennan said at his briefing that
bin Laden "was
engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area
of the house he was in. … And whether or not he got
off any rounds, I quite frankly don`t know. … It was a
firefight. He, therefore, was killed in that firefight."

Take Two: Bin

did not engage in a firefight.

The day after
Brennan disclosed such vivid details, White House Press
Secretary Jay Carney walked them back Michael
Jackson-style. Bin Laden, he said in version 2.0,
"was not armed." Brennan had clearly implied that bin Laden
with arms. Carney amended the narrative by insisting

"resistance does
not require a firearm."
How exactly bin Laden
resisted, Carney would not say.

It`s been all
downhill, uphill, K-turns and 180s ever since. Fasten
your seatbelts:

Take Three: Bin
Laden`s wife died after her

feckless husband used her as a human shield.

Take Four: Bin
Laden`s wife did not die, wasn`t used as a human shield
and was only shot in the leg. Someone else`s wife was
killed, somewhere else in the house.

Take Five: A
transport helicopter experienced
and was forced to make a hard landing
during the mission.

Take Six: A
top-secret helicopter clipped the bin Laden compound
wall, crashed and was purposely exploded after the
mission to prevent our enemies from learning more about

Take Seven: The
bin Laden photos would be released to the world as proof
positive of his death.

Take Eight: The
bin Laden photos would not be released to the world
because no one needs proof and it`s more important to
avoid offending peaceful Muslims who supposedly don`t
embrace bin Laden as a
"true" Muslim
in the first place.

Take Nine: Bin
Laden`s compound was a lavish mansion.

Take Ten: Bin
Laden`s compound was a glorified pigsty.

Take Eleven: Bin
Laden`s compound had absolutely no television, phone or
computer access.

Take Twelve: Bin
Laden`s compound was stocked with hard drives, thumb
drives, DVDs and computers galore.

Take Thirteen:
Er, remember that statement about bin Laden being armed?
And then not armed? Well, the new version is that he had
an AK-47

Take Fourteen: A
gung-ho Obama spearheaded the

Take Fifteen: A
reluctant Obama

dithered for 16 hours
before being persuaded by CIA
Director Leon Panetta.

Take Sixteen:
Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and close advisers
watched the raid unfold in real time—"minute
by minute,"
according to Carney—and a gripping
insider photo was posted immediately by the White House
on the Flickr picture-sharing website for all to see.

Take Seventeen:
Er, they weren`t really watching real-time video
"minute by
because there was at least nearly a
half-hour that they

"didn`t know just
exactly what was going on,"
Panetta clarified.
Or rather, un-clarified.

Take Eighteen:
Stalwart Obama`s order was to kill, not capture, bin

Take Nineteen:
Sensitive Obama`s order was to kill 
or capture—and that`s why the SEAL team gave him a chance to
surrender, upon which he resisted with arms, or actually
didn`t resist with arms, but sort of resisted without
arms, except there was an AK-47 nearby, sort of, or
maybe not, thus making it possible to assert that while
Decisive Obama did tell the SEALs to kill bin Laden and
should claim all credit for doing so, Progressive Obama
can also be absolved by bleeding hearts because of the
painstakingly concocted post facto possibility that bin
Laden somehow threatened our military—telepathically or
something—before being taken out.

Take Twenty:
"We`ve been as
forthcoming with facts as we can be,"
said an
irritated Carney on Wednesday.

And they wonder
why Americans of all political stripes think they`re
blowing smoke.


Michelle Malkin

is the author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our


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for Michelle Malkin`s website. Michelle Malkin
is also author of

Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild

and the just-released

Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies.