I’m not going to lose any sleep over it, but I don’t see why the photos of the dead Osama Bin Laden should not be released — President Barack Obama having made the decision not to release them.
Yes, they would not be nice. But you know those videos released by Al Qaeda on the internet of Americans having their heads sawed off were not nice either (although I never saw them myself).
I realize they would not satisfy the skeptics, seeing as we still have people who are sure we never landed on the moon — those photos were shot out in the desert in Arizona or New Mexico, they will tell you.
On the other hand, the swift dumping of the body at sea and the refusal to release photos does seem awful mysterious, even though I myself am 99.9 percent sure it is all on the up and up.
But bottom line, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to release the photos.
On a related matter, I am disgusted, but not surprised that the die-hard Obama haters don’t want to give the man credit for the finally successful end to Bin Laden.
They just can’t stand the fact that their pretend fly boy George W. Bush couldn’t get the job done. Obama never has claimed to have been a military man in any form, but it took Obama to get Osama — and again, way to go Navy SEALs. And even though I am not a big fan of the Middle East war(s), thank you all military for your service and your demonstration to the world that we are not spineless. And thanks of course to the CIA and all others involved.
Maybe history will be kinder to George W. than it seems like it will be now. Or not. I’m not sure how much credit Bush deserves for the eventual snuffing out of Bin Laden. I would reluctantly give him credit for at least standing up to terrorists. Bill Clinton, none at all. We are told the Saudis offered him Bin Laden and he declined. I think he was too busy fiddling around with Monica. Why he gets a pass on all that I’ll never know. In fact, Clinton’s inattention to duty makes W. look almost competent.
In a previous post I wrote Navy Seals, instead of the Acronym, upper case, SEALs (sea, air, and land). At least in blog world you can go back and correct the original, as I did (I think) — but I feel better owning up to my mistakes or goofs. Add to this clarification: I don’t have access at this moment to a real dictionary or style book, but I see Seal written both ways, all upper and upper and lower, on the Web, with both a New York Times story and a Time Magazine story using lower case. Oh well.