Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mystery man in famous situation room photo identified

"The tableau of the already iconic photo is powerful: the unfamiliar ... and the mystery arms and elbows of otherwise unseen men...."
- Washington Post, May 5, 2011

Just who were all the individuals watching the live raid on the Osama bin Laden compound? We've ID'd everyone in the room with President Barack Obama, you can match our country's national security leadership team to the numbers pictured.

He is the assistant commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command, which targets top suspects, according to news reports
The deputy national security advisor is among those who assist the president on national  security and foreign policy issues.
The secretary of state plays a lead role in developing and implementing the president's foreign policy, according to
The secretary of defense oversees the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the country.
7. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The chairman is the highest ranking officer of the Armed Forces and serves as the principal military adviser to the president.  
8. Tom Donilon, national security adviser
The national security adviser acts is the president's go-to person on all national security issues.
9. Bill Daley, chief of staff
The chief of staff is the highest-ranking member of the executive office.       
10. Tony Blinken, national security advisor to the vice president
The national security post is often described as the vice president's right-hand man on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  
11. Audrey Tomason, director for counterterrorism
This director advises the president on counterterrorism efforts.
12. John Brennan, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
As a member of the Homeland Security Council, this assistant advises the president alongside the heads of several other federal agencies.
13. James Clapper, director of National Intelligence
The national intelligence director serves as the top adviser to the president for intelligence matters relating to national security.
14. Malcolm P. Stag III, Secretary of Fear, United States Department of Fear.   
The secretary of fear advises the president on how to promote fear in the interest of national security.

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