Obama campaign officials have decided it is in their best interest to strike back against the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, a group of former U.S. Special Forces and intelligence officials accusing President Obama of leaking vital national security secrets and taking too much credit for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The group has released anti-Obama TV ads as well as a 22-minute film, which the Obama campaign is comparing to the 2004 John Kerry “Swift Boat” attack ads.
“The Republicans are resorting to ‘Swift Boat’ tactics because when it comes to foreign policy and national security, Mitt Romney has offered nothing but reckless rhetoric,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told Reuters. Another campaign official added “No one in this group is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues and on what impact these leaks might have and it’s clear they’ve resorted to making things up for purely political reasons.”
As a May 2011 USAToday/Gallup poll showed, Americans overwhelmingly credit the U.S. military and the CIA for the Bin Laden raid over the president. “Nearly 9 of 10 (89%) say the military deserves ‘a great deal of credit,’ while 62% say the same about the CIA.” wrote Gallup’s Frank Newport.
A number of OPSEC leaders identify themselves as Republicans such as Fred Rustmann, who worked for the CIA for 23 years before retiring in 1990, Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL and chairman of OPSEC, and Chad Kolton, an OPSEC member and former flack in the Bush administration.
Watch the 22 minute OPSEC video entitled “Dishonorable Disclosures” below:
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