Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Obama Says He Won't Release the Bin Laden Photos

Today President Barack Obama said he would not allow the release of the photos of the deceased Osama Bin Laden.  In a statement today, Obama said in an interview on CBS's 60 Minutes "It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool. That's not who we are. We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies."
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This will undoubtedly lead to speculation by some that Osama Bin Laden was actually not killed.  Some on the right, including Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are already saying that the whole story about the Navy SEALs 6 is a hoax.  That without a picture as proff of his death, Bin Laden could likely still be alive.  But is it really necessary to show the gruesome pictures of a man shot in the face?

"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. 

Comments encouraged.


  1. I don't need to see them to believe it, but I would still like to see the pictures.

  2. Haters.. (like "The Donald") would only say They were fake anyways.

  3. Seriously. Sometimes just take them at their word. Should we have paraded hindsight times square? I doubt the families of those killed think he is still alive.

  4. I just don't care either way. Like I said ain't over. Blow up the death star, bu the Empire is out there...