For the non-sport inclined among us, “SPIKING” the ball does not mean you secretly pour vodka or gin into it. Nope. It is something that some football players, particularly players labeled “hotdogs,” do when they score a touchdown, heave the ball into the ground and then engage in some sort of weird, celebratory dance. Such a display tends to be unseemly.

SO . . . . speaking of unseemly, did you see Barack Obama and his team try and fail with their “SPIKE THE BALL” moment on the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death? How do these guys get a reputation for being so smart when they repeatedly do such dumb things. Like? Accusing Mitt Romney of being soft on terrorism and not having the stones to kill Bin Laden. OOPS!

It was bad enough that the Obama team trotted out Bill Clinton to level the charge. Frankly, what an appalling act of chutzpah from Clinton. While I applaud will Bill for helping rein in government spending and growth during his tenure, he was passive aggressive on the issue of terrorism and certainly failed to turn the dogs loose in going after Bin Laden. This really was a low moment and further “stains” the reputation of Clinton. I thought he was smarter than this politically.

Sometimes when players, who are not accustomed to scoring, try to spike the ball it turns into a disaster. Here’s an example:

Instead of celebrating the player’s ability in scoring, the public reaction turns to scorn. Or this:

He ran the wrong way, spiked the ball and gave the other team two points.

Welcome to Barack Obama’s botched spike. Instead of playing the role of humble leader he decided to act like a rookie loser who had never scored a touchdown. He is getting a penalty flag for unnecessary celebration. Hell, even Arianna Huffington is appalled. He also has woken the sleeping SOF warrior community. The SEAL community, by and large, is livid over being made into the poster boys for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. It was bad enough that the Obama team could not keep their mouth shut after the success of taking out OBL last April and started revealing “made-up” versions of what the SEALs actually did on the ground. To make matters worse, the Obama team exposed sensitive TTPs–aka Tactics, Techniques and Procedures. SEALS and other SOF units are professionals who take pride in their work and only talk about it with close friends and cleared persons.

Take it to the bank–within the next three months retired SEALS opposed to Obama will go public and will make the swift boating of John Kerry look like a St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The truth behind the Bin Laden hit is not favorable to Obama. As I have reported repeatedly–he was forced into this decision and, once he gave the greenlight, did everything to distance himself from it until it was clear that the outcome was a success. That ain’t leadership. That is jock sniffing at its worst.

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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.
  • GabbySummers

    I loved Clinton, but no longer!  I am sick and tired of him kissing Barry’s ass.  It’s disgusting!  Especially after the way Obama treated his wife in the primary!  What is Obama doing for Clinton that he keeps parading around like Obama’s trained dog.  I thought Clinton had balls but no more, his wife should be challenging Obama right now!  By 2016 it will be too late!~

  • April454

    “did you see Barack Obama and his team try and fail with their “SPIKE THE BALL” moment on the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death? ”

    That is your opinion as an Obama hater. We would expect no less. However, the rest of the country knows exactly what accomplishments Obama has had. And taking out Bin Laden is definately one of them.

    “The truth behind the Bin Laden hit is not favorable to Obama.”

    Yeah.. we will trust you with the unbias truth.

    End of the day Bin Laden is dead. You can fuss about the details all you want, but that truth always be there..

    • Hokma

      At the end of the day, Obama has made a fool of himself.

      Not only is he roundly crticized by the Navy Seals and the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he was even criticized by Arriana Huffington.

      Then this trip to Afghanistan to sign an agreement with Karzai at 4:30 AM in the morning (Afghanistan time) just so he can make a campaign speech at prime time in the USA in front of our troops.

      This is amatuear hour. Obama and Axelgrease really must be panicking or they really must think Americans are stupid to buy these weak stunts.

      As McCain said, real heroes don’t brag.

  • Popsmoke

    Larry this is disgusting politics at its finest. Whether its a President flying back seat landing on a carrier to proclaim ….Mission Accomplished! Or Obama playing the raid for all its worth. The only loser in all of this is the dignity of our Country…

    • Hokma

      I was literally cracking up yesterday when Obama flew to Afghanistan just to make which was so blatantly obvious – a campaign speech (4 AM Afghan time – prime time in USA)/

      I think Romney should just shut up and not respond to the obvious idiocy of Obama and let Obama fall on his own sword.

      When this campaign is over, Hillary is going to be wondering how the hell she lost to this guy.

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Well. what do you think a person with a narcissistic personality would do? Bingo. He would always talk about himself. Maybe Obama loves looking at himself in the mirror, too, literally..

  • Hank DeCat

    That old tingle up the leg is back for Chris Matthews saying Obama’s speech tonight (not in front of any troops, mind you) was just what the troops “needed to hear” (like he’d know, btw) and went on to compare Obama (I chit you not) to Henry V. Does Matthews even know that Henry V was right there at his troops’ side fighting at Agincourt, not just giving a speech?  SMH. The man cannot stop embarrassing himself over his man-crush on Obama:


    in the 39 months that backtrack has been in office  69% of the afghan war casualties occurred

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    the ironic thing, if the campaign had just made a video celebrating this as an achievement for America, not dems, not repubs, not independents, I frankly would have appaulded him for such an ad.

    But he instead said, its Me, I, Mine, he did all this, and that no one else (Romney) would have made that decision. What a huge huge ego.

     The military, intelligence community, and all the thousands who served this country are solely responsible for this. And they deserve our deep thanks, even if Barry thinks he’s the one who did all this.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    “Soetero said “the goal that I set” – to defeat Al-Qaeda – “is within reach.””

    Oops, and here I thought, that goal was America’s goal!  Heck, maybe we should just rename our country, “the United States of Soetero”.
    The a$$hol3 problably thinks the US military swore a pledge to him and not the US Consitution.

    I have never ever heard a US president, dem or repub speak about themselves in such an arrogant way. Not as a temporarily holder of that office, but as an emporer or something.
    What a deluded man, drunk on power.


    backtrack invited himself to Afghanistan and it was set up 3 months ago.
    Needed for his election

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    So…. He went all the way over there to give a campaign speech?!?!

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    Man I miss Bush, and I went to rallies to protest against him before. I miss Bush compared to the immature PO$ that is there now.

    What Mr Soetero said:
    “‘I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority . . . even as I continued our broader effort. . . . Then, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community I was briefed . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . And finally last week I determinedthat I had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . ’

    Now President Bush’s speech after Saddam Hussein was captured:
      Notice not one single me, mine, I
    {The capture of S. Hussein is} ‘a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq.’ He attributed it to “the superb work of intelligenceanalysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced manydangers. . . . Their work continues, and so do the risks.’…
    “He did mention himself at the end: ‘Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them.’”

    I would in an instant vote for Bush over PO$ Soertero, and I could not stand Bush, but Bush was a president & knew what that meant, Soetero is a petulant little manchild who disses the military, disses the intelligence officers, every man, woman who sacfriced to bring Bin Laden to justice over this decade.

    • Roger Elder

      How I miss the days when most of the world hated us for our “American exceptionalism”… as opposed to rejoicing in our mediocrity. 

    • Hank DeCat

      I was just thinking today all the W bashing I did back in the day. I hung my head & cried. (And not only am I from New Orleans, I was living in New Orleans when Katrina hit — so trust, I never thought this day would come).

      • elizabethrc

        I think it was Churchill who said that it takes about 50 years after a lead is gone to see the truth about him.
        Obama has certainly speeded up the reassessment of Bush’s tenure in office. 

  • Deapster

    It’s the stupidity, stupid.

  • Dissentispatriotic

    I don’t doubt he was forced, with Valerie holding onto his leg screaming NO.  But there would have been only a handful, if that, of people who really knew he didn’t call the shots.  Which of them will rat him out?  That’s hard to see.  Could Seals claim to know for certainty that the orders came from other than The One?

  • Dissentispatriotic

    This headline caught my eye, especially after reading your piece, Larry.

    I hopeful.  What are the odds this will happen?


    the realization of bin ladens dream.
    this is a tough read

    • Flop_Flipper

      Thanks for the link. I agree, it’s a tough read, mainly because it is just so obviously true it can’t be explained away. And I wish I could blame this on incompetence. For some reason that would make me sleep a little easier.

      If Obama is looking for another line of work (LMAO) in November he might consider a remake of the Freddy Kruger flicks: Nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave.

      • Hank DeCat

        I wish it was incompetence too. But if you study Critical Race Theory & Black Liberation Theology you’ll see that the basic tenets of both are that the entire US government, all its laws & institutions, are designed to keep all the power in the hands of the white people & out of the hands of the black people and are thus illegitimate. Further, the belief is that the only way for black people to truly be empowered is to destroy all the laws & institutions & refashion them.
        Wonder why Obama blatantly says the US Congress & the SCOTUS don’t have the authority to exercise any checks & balances over him? It isn’t ignorance, it is his basic belief that our institutions & laws are illegitimate. Rev. Wright blatantly said what he meant the week after 9/11 –we all saw the tape — “It’s not God bless America! NO! NO! NO! It’s G** D*** America!” And yet, enough morons voted for Obama anyway.

  • HARP2

    Tweet from Obama last night.

    He really thinks he IS the United States.

    • Roger Elder

      Maybe he really thinks he is “The One”. Then again maybe he just needs some haldoperidol.

    • Hank DeCat

      Funny how a lot of those red states aren’t shown because of his giant head.

      BTW, the whole “there are no red states and blue states” thing was just another lie from him — look at how he is dividing & trying to splinter everything a part in hopes enough fragments go his way to get him to 270 electoral votes. He’s been lying to us since before he was even a US Senator.

  • foxyladi14

    we are getting a speech from Afghanistan.yippee!!!!

  • EllenD818

    I agree that these nonsense celebrations are unseemly.
    I also find it bizarre that a sitting President is attacking a presumed rival before the Primaries.
    Obama, with his tacky talk-show appearances has lowered the level of dignity of the Presidency. I hope it can be regained after he is gone. (Of course Clinton’s “Boxers or Briefs” didn’t help.)
    I’d really like a grown up in the White House.
    But then, I’d really like Hillary.


    I have been trying to find just what is in the agreement backtrack and karzai signed. Does anyone know what is in it and what backtrack gave away expect we will be paying them for 10 years?

    • HELENK2

       No word how much Agreement will cost. Official says it will be done
      “on a needs-based requirement” in line with other challenges US faces.

      this was all I could find

  • Escoffier

    I was talking to my 81 year old mom this morning about this. She said Obama is tacky. TACKY! LOL

    • Hank DeCat

      Obama must have learned his lesson from yesterday (hence this trip at all to kill the “spiking the ball” story with that horrid ad) because although I didn’t see his speech tonight, I did see a clip of him signing the agreement & he put less emphasis on the “I, Me, My” stuff & was giving credit to the troops, etc. Dayum — you know that had to hurt him to do.

  • Hokma

    Rush is right. This is not going to be a close election.

    The fact that Obama and Axelgrease are going for it all this early is a great sign of desperation.

    I think that their biggest fear are the debates. Maybe that is why they are throwing out all these hail-marys so early and so far before the conventions.

    This stunt reaked of amateur hour and brings Axwlgrease’s creds into question.

    • elizabethrc

      He risks wearing the voters out by so much overexposure.


    ORE: Karzai says postwar agreement will seal an “equal partnership” between Afghanistan and the U.S.:

    somehow Karzai’s idea of equal and mine is a little different.


  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Ironically, if Obama simply made some appropriately low key, dignfied comments on the occasion the SEAL community might have just remained silent, which is their natural state.  Now that he has pissed them off, one can only wonder what they might do in terms of bringing his unsuitability for re-election to the public eye.  SEALs are experts in popping up where they are not expected, inflicting maximum damage, and then disappearing until the next op.  These are not men that you want on the opposing side.

    • Hank DeCat

       That really is the sad truth. A general comment on the team effort and the great work by the armed forces with minimal “I, I, I, Me, Me, Me, My, My, My” (not totally without that, it *is* Obama we’re talking about) and leaving out Romney’s name all together (much  less questioning his “cajones” on it) is all that needed to happen. And yet, as I posted below, he *still* managed to eff it up.

      BTW,  the cognitive dissonance on the Left is still mind-boggling to me. They were  just last week saying that Romney was the most conservative, right wing extremist since Goldwater who was going to get us all nuked with his hawkish imperialism and now they want us to buy him as a squish re: ordering the hit on OBL. WTF really should have stayed the slogan for this campaign.

    • April454

      Yeah.. there is a lot of hate on in the military for Obama. The President who is bring everyone home. A President who has done more for veterans in the last three years than Bush did in 8 years.

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        I’m willing to wait for the November election to see just how much support Mr. Obama has in the military community.

      • beachnan

         Such as??

      • beachnan

         Such as??

  • Hank DeCat

    Obama  the smartest person to be president EVAH even manages to eff this up. Unreal.

    More proof that he was carried over the primary finish by the DNC & the MSM and then draggedacross the GE finish line in November. “Ran a better campaign than Hillary” my *ss.  If the DNC didn’t allow his flagrant cheating & race-baiting, the MSM didn’t cover up his every mistake & the sheep were smart enough to believe their lying eyes, he wouldn’t have even won the Iowa caucus. 

  • Flop_Flipper

    I WANT Obama to keep on with this. He can do so every day until election day as far as I’m concerned. I insist.

    Now he is in Afghanistan to remind everyone there how he killed Bin Laden, all by himself. I’m sure they appreciate his efforts too.

    I thought Gingrich had an oversized ego. Man, Obama has another league all to his own.

    • Matthew J. Weaver

      Maybe he brings along inflatable Greek columns to go with the teleprompter and his ‘I’m in charge’ seal.

      • foxyladi14


    • elizabethrc

      Gingrich does have a huge ego but believes in his abilities fully.  Obama is quite a different story.
      Obama’s ‘ego’ is an affect to hide his deep seated insecurity about his own identity.  This is one of the most insecure men I’ve seen in the White House and that makes him dangerous.
      Just a look at how he was raised, the being bounced around as a child, the rejection by his birth father, the new identity given him by his step-father, the being handed off to his grandparents by his mother are enough to make any child doubt his worth.  Add to that being a bi-racial child.  Reading his books gives a certain insight about how he needs to mold reality to his own kind of truth.
      If this sounds sympathetic to Obama, it isn’t.  Other people who’ve had similar struggles have the good sense to deal with it in positive ways.  Obama’s way has been to twist things to make himself seem more than he is.  Unfortunately, he’ll never be able to run from his ambivalence about who he is, and will continue to strew the ground with debris.  We are the ones left to clean up his messes.

  • Matthew J. Weaver

    I suspect Obama realizes the mistake and in trying to capitalize on his ‘commander-in-chief’ role, has opted to distract everyone by a quick jaunt to Afghanistan.

    A couple questions:

    1.  Did he announce and coordinate his visit with Karzai or just rudely drop in?

    2.  Will he dare go anywhere except the airport tarmac or a secure bunker?

    3.  What exactly does he hope to accomplish?

    4.  How many millions of taxpayer dollars will he spend and lives he’ll risk for his purely political trip?  (And sorry, a couple minutes or hours in Afghanistan does not make for a credible leader.)

  • Vivian Berryhill

    We must stop thinking alike Larry!!!!!   Nation Bar-b-queing Obama for braggin’ see new blog 

  • Mary Cusack

    Each day he’s president I dispise being an american he makes us all look like shit.  Maybe I’ll emegrate to canada if he wins cause if he does america is nothing but toilet water.  ready to be flushed


    More: US to designate Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally, US officials say, 1st such designation of Obama presidency – @Reuters

    • Matthew J. Weaver

      Wow!  That’ll re-assure the Europeans.  Karzai controls what, part of Kabul and not much else.  I suspect Andorra, San Marino, or Monaco are larger than the area firmly under control of Karzai’s government.  And note, I did not say safe.


    Backtrack will be on tv again tonight from Afghanistan.
    You know the place that he promised to spend our money for the next 10 years


    Note to backtrack