Crow Is on the Menu: White House Deletes Unblurred Photo of Delta Forces in Israel, Apologizes

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

As RedState's Bonchie reported earlier Thursday, the White House posted a photo to Facebook Wednesday night showing President Biden shaking hands with Delta Force operators that are on the ground in Israel—but forgot to blur out their faces, a major no-no. As Bonchie wrote, "There are not enough face-palm memes in existence to describe how insane this is."

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Here's the post in question, which remained online for hours and garnered thousands of likes and comments:

Now the administration has removed the picture and made a public apology for the security lapse. The damage is already done, however, as Hamas terrorists presumably are able to screen capture just like anyone else. Plenty of people have already taken advantage of the screenshot button, and the untouched photo is still all over the place on the social media platform X.

The White House statement was short:

As soon as this was brought to our attention, we immediately deleted the photo. We regret the error and any issues this may have caused.

The photo, taken at an event where Biden met with Israeli medics who had responded during the Hamas October 7 terror attacks, was an obvious security failure and violated standard practices:

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It appeared to violate Department of Defense rules by revealing the men's faces, which are usually blurred in any officially released photographs.

Everyday Pentagon practice is to hide the elite units' identities, whether in training or on deployment.

The men, unshaven with beards, wore camouflage and had American flags on their arms as they shook hands with Biden.

The gaffe did not go unnoticed. "Gross incompetence," wrote Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN). Former Fox News host and podcaster Monica Crowley was even more pointed:

The incredible security blunder comes as the president prepares to speak to the nation Thursday at 8 PM EST about the nascent war:

The address, which is expected to begin at 8 p.m., comes a day after President Biden visited with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli officials in Tel Aviv. Biden and Israeli officials discussed the ongoing war, and the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip. 

Biden has pledged to support Israel, but is expected to announce $100 million humanitarian aid to Gaza and the West Bank. 

"I was very blunt about the need to support getting humanitarian aid to Gaza – get it to Gaza and do it quickly," Biden told reporters Wednesday on his trip back to Washington, D.C. 

Biden said he "got no pushback, virtually none" from Netanyahu. 

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It's very concerning that during a time of war when the United States needs to be projecting strength, we have an administration that makes such amateurish screwups like this. 

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