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EDITORIAL: Veterans target the leaker-in-chief

President Obama is brushing off criticism from the Special Operations community over politicized national-security leaks and his exaggerated role in the Osama bin Laden takedown. Two new organizations — the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund and Special Operations Speaks — have launched campaigns to highlight the president’s exploitation of the military for political gain.

“I don’t take these folks too seriously,” Mr. Obama said on Monday, but the criticism must be hitting a raw nerve. The Obama campaign quickly put up a webpage devoted to discrediting the groups. The site labels the special operators’ effort “Swift Boat 2.0,” referring to the effort by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT) to politicize Sen. John Kerry’s war record during the 2004 election. Among liberals, the slang term “swift-boating” has come to mean a coordinated disinformation campaign.

Today’s complaints are serious. In May, retired Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when the bin Laden mission was executed, admitted he was worried, “a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics.” The bin Laden raid had been political fodder from the beginning, however. Mr. Obama pledged he wouldn’t “spike the football” but since the killing has been dancing in the end zone.



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