"they are primarily concerned with winning the election rather than telling the unvarnished truth."
You notice that the one guy who seems to telling the truth is Panetta.
Speaking of Panetta, I read this morning that the operation was run real time through his desk. So, I was right!
This is significant, because my gut speculation is that a similar operation in the previous administration would have been run through a Pentagon desk, with neocons looking over the shoulder. I also don't think post-site contingencies would have been as nearly as carefully prepared/planned for and that a certain amount of sheer arrogance coming from certain leadership quarters would have fouled up the works to one extent or another before all was said and done.