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"We don't need to spike the football. And I think that, given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk," Obama said in the interview. Why should the US do anything that could possibly create more of a martyr-type figure of Bin Laden?
Remember when George W. Bush claimed "Mission Accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln?
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Even though he hadn't claimed capture of Bin Laden, many people thought that the war on terror was over. Or how about when that same Bush claimed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Without evidence from the UN weapons inspectors, Bush declared that statement as fact, and proceeded accordingly.
There is no need to show the picture of a man shot in the head. We (the US government) knows he is dead. Al Qaeda knows he is dead. Now the focus can be more set on fixing what is wrong at home.