Normally I would ignore the rantings of a know nothing like Ann Barnhadt, but her rantings are making the rounds on the internet and a response is warranted.

Barnhardt, who writes at, pushing the fantasy that Bin Laden was already dead and that the May 1, 2011 hit was pure fantasy:

All were in total agreement that the Bin Laden episode was pure theater. The SEALS were sent into a compound as evidenced by the lost chopper on site. But Osama Bin Laden wasn’t in that compound. Osama Bin Laden has been dead for years. Bin Laden had a genetic condition that caused renal failure (this genetic condition is common among deeply inbred Saudi arab muslims). Bin Laden had been on dialysis BEFORE 9/11. Dialysis is difficult enough for people in first world countries who can have it done in outstanding facilities. Bin Laden was having it done either in caves or in homes post 9/11. People in renal failure having dialysis done in fricking caves do NOT live for ten more years. Period. There was no dialysis equipment found in the compound the SEALS raided on May 2. Of course there wasn’t. Bin Laden wasn’t in that compound because Bin Laden has been dead for years.

Seriously, is she really this delusional?

I have worked with the US Special Ops community for 18 years. I have helped provide training for elite Navy and Army special ops units. I have been fortunate in my life to also have worked at the CIA. I have friends who are still active in key positions in both the military and intelligence community.

The facts are quite simple:

1. In August of 2010 a Pakistani intelligence officer walked into the US Embassy in Pakistan and claimed to have knowledge about the location of Osama Bin Laden.

2. Skeptical of this report, the CIA proceeded to try to verify the walk-in’s claim. By October of 2010, after setting up a safehouse in Abbottabad, the CIA had confirmed the walk-in’s claim.

3. CIA Director Leon Panetta started pressing for a military strike in February 2011 to take out Bin Laden. Obama’s senior advisor, Valerie Jarret, counseled Obama not to go forward unless he had 100% guarantee that OBL was in the compound.

4. By mid-April Hillary Clinton and Bob Gates joined Panetta in pushing for action. Their combined pressure forced Obama to stop dithering and the strike was ordered.

5. Although the SEALs were given the mission (largely because Admiral McRaven at JSOC and Admiral Olsen at SOCOM are both SEALs) the mission was going to be covered by the story that Bin Laden was killed in a drone strike. Senior Pakistani leaders agreed, albeit reluctantly, to allow the US force to enter Pakistan and carry out the hit on the condition that their role was not revealed and that Bin Laden’s presence at Abbottabad was not exposed.

6. When one of the Black Hawk helicopters carrying elements of a SEAL boat team crashed during the assault on the OBL compound, Obama’s National Security Team (Donilon, Brennan and McDonough) decided to bag the cover story and go public with the news that Bin Laden was killed by a team of Navy SEALs.

7. It is true that the Obama White House was trying to milk the maximum political advantage from the news that Bin Laden was dead. In the course of pursuing this objective the Obama team unwittingly compromised classified capabilities of the SEALs and betrayed Generals Kiyani and Pasha in Pakistan by acknowledging Bin Laden had been housed in Abbottabd for years. White House officials, such as John Brennan, briefed reporters on background that the attack was carried out by Navy SEALs.

Barnhardt claims that it was Biden on 3 May who exposed the SEALs.

May 3, 2011: Within hours, Vice President Joe Biden destroys any notions of OPSEC and bellows to the entire world in public remarks at a dinner at the Ritz Carlton that the Bin Laden raid was carried out by “the SEALS”. Within hours Obama regime had gleefully leaked that the raid was carried out by “SEAL Team 6?, also known as DEVGRU. Up until this point in history, all DEVGRU activities and information had been highly classified. Now the term “SEAL Team 6? was blasted across every newspaper in the world, with Disney even moving to trademark the name. The Obama regime wanted the ENTIRE WORLD to know the name “SEAL Team 6?.

Just not true. Do a Google search for yourself. The role of the SEALs was being leaked on the evening of the 1st and appeared in a variety of articles published on 2 May.

Barnhardt spins off into full delusion with her unsupported, specious claim that the Obama Administration set up SEAL Team Six to be executed.

I’ll say what everyone else is thinking but is too scared to say. The Obama regime is almost certainly directly complicit in these deaths. The time, location and most especially, the PASSENGERS in the Chinook were passed to the Taliban. . . .

Why would the Obama regime kill Americans? I think the question is, why WOULDN’T the Obama regime kill Americans? The Obama regime is composed of Marxist-Leninist psychopaths. A glancing, superficial survey of 20th century history shows one glaring fact above all others: MARXISTS MURDER PEOPLE WITHOUT COMPUNCTION. Marxists also hate Americans, by definition.

Regular readers of this blog know that I am no fan of Obama and I will work to defeat him in his bid to be re-elected. It is outrageous, almost criminal, for Barnhardt to accuse Obama and unnamed members of his Administration, of passing info to the Taliban and arranging the murder of our military personnel. No one in the Obama Administration did anything to directly facilitate the death of the SEALs who died on August 6 during an operation to reinforce members of the 75th Rangers who were engaged in a combat op.

Here is a typical example of Barnhardt’s malevolent nuttiness:

Tip from Afghanistan:
Posted by Ann Barnhardt – August 7, AD 2011 6:57 AM MST
I received a tip from a soldier stationed with an aviation brigade out of Jalalabad overnight.
“Almost immediately, after news of the crash began to spread, we were placed in an internet and phone blackout. This means communication with family, friends and “others” back home, in real time, is prevented until further notice.
However, there are also chinook pilots, crews and mechanics assigned here who were privy to the details of the crash almost immediately. One of confirmed details they have been discussing is that the chinook shot down belonged to a National Guard unit.

Let’s start with the fact that the pilot and crew of the downed chopper were US Army Reserve not National Guard. I know this firsthand. How? My cousin’s husband is one of the pilots in that unit.

Fact is that US Army Reserve and National Guard pilots fly Special Ops forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Back in 2006, for instance, I was sent to Iraq by JSOC. Flying into and out of country I flew on birds piloted by Army Reserve and National Guard pilots. Why? We don’t have enough regular Army and Air Force assets by themselves. Guard and Reserve assets make up the difference.

I can also tell you that pilots in the Olathe based Army Reserve air unit had trained with and flown SEALs previously.

The death of the SEALs was horrible and sad. They were two weeks shy of finishing their tour in Afghanistan. They may have been victims of a suicide bomber on board the chopper. That’s still being investigated. But they were not the victims of an Obama conspiracy. Spreading such a lie is a stain on the memory of those heroes.

Barnhardt needs to shut her yap. She is spreading malicious lies and half-truths. There is plenty of political ammo to use in attacking the sorry record of Obama. Making up bullshit out of ignorance is inexcusable. Let’s stick with the facts.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.