Mr Panetta said: “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.
“We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”
What happened to “at my direction” from president Obama? Now it’s “the US Navy SEALs made the final decision to kill bin Laden rather than the president”?
For several days the images of the president and his staff intently watching the unfolding of the attack on bin Laden’s compound have been thrown around as truth. Now America is told that the Commander-in-chief wasn’t watching, or commanding, at all.
This has all the appearances of plausible deniability. If the president didn’t know what was happening, he couldn’t possibly have made the wrong choice.
Osama is dead, or so the world has been told. Now, the man that ordered the operation is walking away from all responsibility and heaping it upon the men he sent in there to carry it out. They are SEALs, they can carry much more than the wimpy, worthless elitist that accidentally got elected president.
The high side of this is that if Osama bin Laden is dead, it was all the action, determination and decision-making of the U.S. Navy SEALs and nothing to do with Obama – nothing.
 Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8493391/Osama-bin-Laden-dead-Blackout-during-raid-on-bin-Laden-compound.html