Tags: America's Forum | Barack Obama | Iraq | ISIS/Islamic State | Osama bin Laden | Mosul | Scott Taylor

Ex-SEAL: Obama Leaked Intel, Endangered Troops, for 'Political Gain'

By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 03:33 PM

The Obama White House has repeatedly and "strategically" leaked top-secret classified information to further its political aims, including the president's 2012 re-election, and those leaks are a threat to the lives of U.S. troops and operatives in the field, a former U.S. Navy SEAL sniper who fought in Iraq charges in a new book.

Pointing to "Zero Dark Thirty," the acclaimed 2012 movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, ex-SEAL Scott Taylor told JD Hayworth and Miranda Khan of "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Monday that "some of the information and the coordination with Hollywood had to come from the highest levels of this government."

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"And if you'll remember, that movie was supposed to originally come [out] … prior to the [2012] election," said Taylor, a Virginia state legislator and author of "Trust Betrayed: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Selling Out of America's National Security."

"So as I note in the book in many different instances, you see this administration taking steps and releasing information — top-secret information — strategically to help this president get re-elected," he said. "So therefore for short-term political gain at the expense of future operations and at the expense of lives — my buddies' lives who are still out there fighting."

Taylor also criticized as "ridiculous" the administration's very public discussion of an impending assault on Mosul, the Iraqi city conquered and still controlled by the violent extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS).

An unnamed official from U.S. Central Command spoke to The New York Times in detail about the battle plan to expel ISIS from Mosul using Iraqi forces backed up U.S. airstrikes and military advisers.

"They also said exactly how many forces are going to be there, what America's going to do to support the Iraqi forces there," said Taylor. "It should absolutely not be there."

He called the Mosul disclosures part of a pattern going back years, and further proof that "this administration is more concerned about their short-term political gains than they are about American national security," he said.

"And, quite frankly, the lives of our men and women who are over there in harm's way" as a result, said Taylor.

Taylor also voiced concerns about the military blueprint for retaking Mosul as it was spelled out in the Times.

"The Iraqi army is heavily Shia. Mosul is Sunni. Are [Shias] willing to fight and die for the nation state of Iraq?" he said. "Are Sunnis that are there in Mosul willing to help them repel ISIS, if you will, or are they going to help ISIS? If they help ISIS and their Sunni brothers, then we're in for a long fight and perhaps they need a lot more than 25,000 people. It's the second largest city in Iraq."

With a new U.S. secretary of defense, Ashton Carter, already visiting Afghanistan  for an up-close look at the U.S.-led military effort there, Taylor said, "First and foremost, we need to have leadership that understands what the actual threat is and what motivates them."

"It's very clear that there is a cancer within the Islamic religion, that you have these Islamists who are utilizing religion," he said. "So it's very clear that that's what the problem is, and we need to have leaders who are unabashedly and completely unafraid of saying exactly what the problem is" — especially, he said, "if we're going to commit men and women on the front lines."

While President Barack Obama is "in over his head" on military and foreign policy, said Taylor, there's still hope for the future.

"We fall down often, but we get back up and we dust ourselves off and we go forward," he said. "And it's imperative that we have a conversation — a national conversation — that exceeds political parties, [and] that the next leader is very, very much America's cheerleader."

Taylor said the next president should be somebody that "doesn't mind looking [Russian President Vladimir] Putin in the eye — or anybody else in the world — and telling them how great America is.

"And unlike this administration," he added, the next one should demonstrate "that they understand how the world really is, not how they wish it to be, and they act accordingly" in the best interests of the country "and not their own personal agenda."

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The Obama White House has repeatedly and "strategically" leaked top-secret classified information to further its political aims, and those leaks are a threat to the lives of U.S. troops and peratives in the field, a former U.S Navy SEAL sniper who fought in Iraq charges in a new book.
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