Bin Laden movie aid was political decision opposed by career officers
Obama administration political appointees at the Defense Department, the CIA and the White House brushed aside concerns from career officials about helping two Hollywood filmmakers research their 2012 movie about the top secret Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, according to a new report from the Pentagon’s inspector general.I think the political types thought the movie would help Obama's reelection. But it became too controversial and was delayed until after voting took place and the screenwriter went with a plot that suggested that opposition to enhanced interrogation made the raid possible, which set the liberal's teeth on edge.
Career public affairs and military staff at the Pentagon and the CIA opposed the effort to help Mr. Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow, whose movie “Zero Dark Thirty” was released in December.
One unnamed CIA public affairs official tried to prevent Mr. Boal from attending the ceremony, according to the report, which was issued Friday afternoon.
And career official Philip M. Strub, the Pentagon’s director of entertainment and main liaison to the movie industry, opposed the filmmakers meeting with Mr. Vickers because U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was not inclined to cooperate.