The Agendas Behind the bin Laden News Event

Paul Craig Roberts
May 5, 2011

The US government’s bin Laden story was so poorly crafted that it did not last 48 hours before being fundamentally altered. Indeed, the new story put out on Tuesday by White House press secretary Jay Carney bears little resemblance to the original Sunday evening story. The fierce firefight did not occur. Osama bin Laden did not hide behind a woman. Indeed, bin Laden, Carney said, “was not armed.”

The firefight story was instantly suspicious as not a single SEAL got a scratch, despite being up against al Qaeda, described by former Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld as “the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth.”

Every original story detail has been changed. It wasn’t bin Laden’s wife who was murdered by the Navy SEALs, but the wife of an aide. It wasn’t bin Laden’s son, Khalid, who was murdered by the Navy SEALs, but son Hamza.

Carney blamed the changed story on “the fog of war.” But there was no firefight, so where did the “fog of war” come from?

The White House has also had to abandon the story that President Obama and his national security team watched tensely as events unfolded in real time (despite the White House having released photos of the team watching tensely), with the operation conveyed into the White House by cameras on the SEALs helmets. If Obama was watching the event as it happened, he would have noticed, one would hope, that there was no firefight and, thus, would not have told the public that bin Laden was killed in a firefight. Another reason the story had to be abandoned is that if the event was captured on video, every news service in the world would be asking for the video, but if the event was orchestrated theater, there would be no video.

No explanation has been provided for why an unarmed bin Laden, in the absence of a firefight, was murdered by the SEALs with a shot to the head. For those who believe the government’s story that “we got bin Laden,” the operation can only appear as the most botched operation in history. What kind of incompetence does it require to senselessly and needlessly kill the most valuable intelligence asset on the planet?

According to the US government, the terrorist movements of the world operated through bin Laden, “the mastermind.” Thanks to a trigger-happy stupid SEAL, a bullet destroyed the most valuable terrorist information on the planet. Perhaps the SEAL was thinking that he could put a notch on his gun and brag for the rest of his life about being the macho tough guy who killed Osama bin Laden, the most dangerous man on the planet, who outwitted the US and its European and Israeli allies and inflicted humiliation on the “world’s only superpower” on 9/11.

When such a foundational story as the demise of bin Laden cannot last 48 hours without acknowledged “discrepancies” that require fundamental alternations to the story, there are grounds for suspicion in addition to the suspicions arising from the absence of a dead body, from the absence of any evidence that bin Laden was killed in the raid or that a raid even took place. The entire episode could just be another event like the August 4, 1964, Gulf of Tonkin event that never happened but succeeded in launching open warfare against North Vietnam at a huge cost to Americans and Vietnamese and enormous profits to the military/security complex.

There is no doubt that the US is sufficiently incompetent to have needlessly killed bin Laden instead of capturing him. But who can believe that the US would quickly dispose of the evidence that bin Laden had been terminated? The government’s story is not believable that the government dumped the proof of its success into the ocean, but has some photos that might be released, someday.

As one reader put it in an email to me: “What is really alarming is the increasingly arrogant sloppiness of these lies, as though the government has become so profoundly confident of their ability to deceive people that they make virtually no effort to even appear credible.”

Governments have known from the beginning of time that they can always deceive citizens and subjects by playing the patriot card. “Remember the Maine,” the “Gulf of Tonkin,” “weapons of mass destruction,” “the Reichstag fire” – the staged events and bogus evidence are endless. If Americans knew any history, they would not be so gullible.

The real question before us is: What agenda or agendas is the “death of bin Laden” designed to further?

There are many answers to this question. Many have noticed that Obama was facing re-election with poor approval ratings. Is anyone surprised that the New York Times/CBS Poll finds a strong rise in Obama’s poll numbers after the bin Laden raid? As the New York Times reported, “the glow of national pride” rose “above partisan politics, as support for the president rose significantly among both Republicans and independents. In all, 57 percent said they now approved of the president’s job performance, up from 46 percent.”

In Washington-think, a 24% rise in approval rating justifies a staged event.

Another possibility is that Obama realized that the the budget deficit and the dollar’s rescue from collapse require the end of the expensive Afghan war and occupation and spillover war into Pakistan. As the purpose of the war was to get bin Laden, success in this objective allows the US to withdraw without loss of face, thus making it possible to reduce the US budget deficit by several hundred billion dollars annually – an easy way to have a major spending cut.

If this is the agenda, then more power to it. However, if this was Obama’s agenda, the military/security complex has quickly moved against it. CIA director Leon Panetta opened the door to false flag attacks to keep the war going by declaring that al Qaeda would avenge bin Laden’s killing. Secretary of State Clinton declared that success in killing bin Laden justified more war and more success. Homeland Security declared that the killing of bin Laden would motivate “homegrown violent extremists” into making terrorist attacks. “Homegrown violent extremists” is an undefined term, but this newly created bogeyman seems to include environmentalists and war protesters. Like “suspect,” the term will include anyone the government wants to pick up.

Various parts of the government quickly seized on the success in killing bin Laden to defend and advance their own agendas, such as torture. Americans were told that bin Laden was found as a result of information gleaned from torturing detainees held in Eastern European CIA secret prisons years ago.

This listing of possible agendas and add-on agendas is far from complete, but for those capable of skepticism and independent thought, it can serve as a starting point. The agendas behind the theater will reveal themselves as time goes on. All you have to do is to pay attention and to realize that most of what you hear from the mainstream media is designed to advance the agendas.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is the father of Reaganomics and the former head of policy at the Department of Treasury. He is a columnist and was previously an editor for the Wall Street Journal. His latest book, “How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds,” details why America is disintegrating.


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One Response to The Agendas Behind the bin Laden News Event

  1. MadeleineT says:

    I agree, this was done to raise Obamas popularity points, it would take more than killing Usama Bin Laden to do that as far as I’m concerned. Yesterday I copied a post from this site , it was an article on Bin Laden already being dead , which I agree with. In 2001 he was very sick, I remember it, there were talk show hosts talking about it and I had my pc then and saw a few articles on it, I didnt’ pay much attention because I didn’t know much about him, he was in a hospital with reported Kidney failure and liver disease, there was no mention of the genetic disease he died from. I posted the link to this article all over the net, it turned out to be an article from a guest of Alex Jones, the guest had a lot of credibility, Alex Jones seems to have none and so I got a lot of “tin foil hat” replies because of Alex Jones. Obama wins again.

    The article seems true to me since I remember how sick he was in 2001, he was half dead but now he is superman, 10 years later, throwing his wife across the room at one of the seals and reaching for an AKA that was standing near the doorway which is when they say they shot him, they also said he acted confused and scared, and acted in a cowardly fashion, grabbing an aka doesn’t seem cowardly to me. another different story, this is number 5 and I’m still counting there was also a black out for 25 minutes even though they said the gunfight lasted 40 minutes. He was thawed out and its a miracle, he was cured, armed and dangerous. amazing by itself but the fact that no one in the area knew he lived there, no one. According to one spokesman we would like to have gotten hold of his wife and questioned her but the pakistanis got her first and after they question her she will be sent back to her home town of yemen, where is her 12 year old child who witnessed the shooting?

    First Bin Laden was killed the week before last sunday they just waited to make sure through DNA that it was actually Bin Laden, when they determined it was , they released the information On Sunday, then they back tracked and said no , he was killed on Sunday which meant they had the DNA the same day and buried him at sea the same day. Sorry if I can’t get excited, no pictures Obama said , then they released a picture of three dead bloody men, who are they? who knows, maybe they are old pictures of dead Arabs or are they victims , they were unarmed accoding to todays news. Yesterday there will be a picture of Bin Laden released, today no pictures will be released of Bin Ladin, oh wait today they said they will, those I would like to see. Did anyone see the actual Binn Laden being brought our t of the house to the ambulance?

    This is really barbaric. We kind of lose credibility calling this man a killer and barbarian when we do things like this, or for Obama to go to the WTC which he agreed should have a mosque built on it, is unbelievable.

    They were armed, they werent armed, if Bin Laden was actually there after 10 years of all of his ailments he must have been on life support, at the very least, a real “party with Bernie” scenario comes to mind. If he was still alive then I’m sure the medical profession woul love to have had his amazing body , they could have found a cure for liver failure and kidney disease and whatever else he was suffering from all of these years,including death. This is why I believe this whole thing was a lie. I did write to the man who is in this article,Steve Pieczenik, I wanted to know if he knew all of this information first hand and was willing to testify in front of the Grand jury, why he didn’t blow the whistle on them himself. He sounded outraged but not enough to do anything about it. Here is a link to that article, it is here on the real agenda

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