KAMPANJ | Bästa sättet att få upp sina egna opinionssiffror är att ifrågasätta politiska motståndares främsta framgångar.
Detta är vad som nu händer när Barack Obamas största utrikespolitiska framgång – undanröjandet av terroristen Usama bin Laden – ifrågasätts.
Den nybildade organisationen Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund hävdar att känsliga militära uppgifter har läckts till media därför att det gagnar president Obamas återvalskampanj.
Organisationen består av en grupp f.d. officerare i specialförband och CIA.
På YouTube, där den tjugotvåminuter långa videon ”Dishonorable Disclosures” har lagts ut, skriver man följande:
Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk.
The unwarranted and dangerous public disclosure of Special Forces Operations is so serious — that for the first time ever — former operators have agreed to risk their reputations and go ‘on the record’ in a special documentary titled ”Dishonorable Disclosures.” Its goal is to educate America about serious breaches of security and prevent them from ever happening again.
Use of military ranks, titles & photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement of the Dept of the Army or the Department of Defense. All individuals are no longer in active service with any federal agency or military service.
Scott Shane, The New York Times, skriver:
The new group, called the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, using shorthand for “operational security,” describes itself as nonpartisan, but some of its leaders have been involved in Republican campaigns and Tea Party groups.
The Obama campaign immediately compared the effort to the so-called Swift Boat advertisements against Senator John Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign. Like that operation, which attacked Mr. Kerry’s military record in Vietnam, the Opsec site goes after Mr. Obama’s strong points on national security – specifically his role in overseeing the successful military-Central Intelligence Agency operation that killed Bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda, in May 2011.
Security officials and members of both parties in Congress have sharply criticized leaks about classified operations under Mr. Obama, as well as briefings for reporters on the Bin Laden raid and assistance to filmmakers making a movie about the operation. But the administration has also overseen an unprecedented number of prosecutions for disclosures to the press, and in June, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. directed two United States attorneys to investigate recent leaks discussed in the Opsec video.
Mr. Kolton [talesperson under president Bush och nu ombud för Opsec] rejected the comparison with the Swift Boat advertisements, saying they reflected narrow differences of opinion between Mr. Kerry and other former servicemen about his war record. He said the Opsec group had a broader purpose in speaking out against leaks and politicization of the Navy SEALs and C.I.A. and hopes to keep working after the election. No one who was involved in the Swift Boat campaign is working with the Opsec group, he said.
Asked about the Opsec group, Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said: “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. His two major foreign policy speeches never even mentioned Al Qaeda once, and he hasn’t outlined a plan for America’s relations with a single region of the world.”