The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Monday, April 9, 2012

CIA dressed-down Obama in situ room duel to get Bin Laden mission approval...

So John Weisman reports in his excellent book, Kill Bin Laden. Apparently President Obama, his NSC advisor, and his political staffers were quite staunchly opposed to the concept of Operation Neptune Spear (note the maritime reference--a subtle slight on Delta by the head of JSOC, who controversially chose DEVGRU's Red Team for the op despite a recent bungling of a hostage rescue in which the British aid worker, Linda Norgrave, was accidentally killed by a Red Team Seal's grenade). Unsurprisingly, the head of JSOC was himself a vice admiral and former member of Seal Team Six.

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