A new book by investigative reporter Richard Miniter alleges that President Obama canceled the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound three times before finally giving the go ahead for the mission.
Each time, the president canceled on the advice of his trusted aide Valerie Jarrett.
In "Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him," Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the "kill" mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama's close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time, according to the book.
Miniter, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, cites an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.
Obama administration officials also said after the raid that the president had delayed giving the order to kill the arch-terrorist the day before the operation was carried out, in what turned out to be his fourth moment of indecision. At the time, the White House blamed the delay on unfavorable weather conditions near bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
But when Miniter obtained that day's weather reports from the U.S. Air Force Combat Meteorological Center, he said, they showed ideal conditions for the SEALs to carry out their orders.
"President Obama's greatest success was actually his greatest failure," Miniter told The Daily Caller Friday. "Leading From Behind," he said, traces the arc of six key Obama administration decisions, and shows how the president made them - and, often, failed to make them.
Miniter has an excellent reputation as an investigative journalist having written two compelling books about Osama bin Laden and the terrorist threat. The delay by Obama rings true considering his record of indecision on other matters like Obamacare and the surge in Afghanistan.
As far as undercutting the narrative advanced by the Obama campaign that the president was resolute in his decision, the story won't gain much traction. Few in the media are interested in undermining the image of a decisive president at this point.