It has been over a week since the Navy SEALs conducted the successful raid that killed Osama bin Laden. One would think the Obama Administration would have had a banner week since the successful operation against the man who killed nearly 3,000 people almost ten years ago. Unfortunately, like everything else the Obama Administration is a part of, they have mucked up what should have been the pinnacle of President Obama’s first term.
It started out with the Obama Administration eagerly getting out the details of the operation before the Navy SEALs were debriefed on their successful mission. The first report was that bin Laden fired on the SEALs and used a woman, possibly his wife, as a human shield. Both statements had to be walked back by the much maligned White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday, when he talked from a script giving the “official” account.
Which takes us to the death photo of Osama bin Laden and its possible release. CIA Director Leon Panetta said in an interview with NBC News last Tuesday, “The government obviously has been talking about how best to do this, but I don’t think there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public.” Nearly 1,500 people voted in our Facebook poll asking whether the Obama Administration should release the photo, and an overwhelming majority said YES. Unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears. Last Wednesday, one day removed from the Panetta pronouncement, Jay Carney went back to the podium and said that President Obama decided against releasing the death photo of Osama bin Laden.
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