Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity tonight that the Obama Administration drafted a memo to protect the president from blame if the mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden would have failed. That way Obama could blame the general instead of taking the blame himself. Mukasey wrote about it this week in The Wall Street Journal.
“That was a highly lawyered memo (designed to protect the president politically)… I think there’s going to be more that’s going to be tumbling out about that escapade but so far that memo is enough.“
Here with more on this is former attorney general of the United States, who presided over a number of very high-profile terror trials as a federal TRANSCRIPT:judge, Michael Mukasey.
How are you? Good to see you, sir. Thank you for being with us. I have read your whole piece. I have it in front of me. First of all, the thing that has bothered me which has not been talked about much in the media is the president had a fall-back, it just didn't work out. He had a CYA.
MICHAEL MUKASEY, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL: That memo was significant.
HANNITY: Explain this.
MUKASEY: There was a memo from Leon Panetta that described the authority that was given to McCraven and it was to proceed according to the risks, only according to the risks that had been outline to the president.
And if he encountered anything else, he had to check back. You better believe if anything else had been encountered and the mission had failed, then the blame would have fall own McCraven. That's what that is about.
HANNITY: So in other words, here, the approximate president's now, everything worked out in this case. But he had put in place a CYA that if it went wrong, McCraven would have been the fall guy.
MUKASEY: That was a highly lawyered memo.
HANNITY: Wow. So you are saying this was designed to protect the president politically.
MUKASEY: I think there is going to be more that comes tumbling out about that escapade. But so far that, memo is enough.
MUKASEY: There was a memo from Leon Panetta that described the authority that was given to McCraven and it was to proceed according to the risks, only according to the risks that had been outline to the president. And if he encountered anything else, he had to check back.
I think most presidents would do this.
To be honest, I think most presidents would do this.
To criticize Obama more than normal for this is excessive.
Seems like we would have heard of these memos.
Did FDR cover his arse at D-Day?
quote:JFK, Bay of Pigs
When's the last time a president took the blame on a big issue?
quote:They didn't wait for the election to happen....
It would be a reelection death sentence.
Or try and fail, and some other schmuck gets thrown under the bus.
I am certain that Eisenhower acted according to FDR's wishes and had to keep him apprised of new unforeseen risks. Same for all those other events you mentioned, too.