So as the praise rightfully continues for the dogged determination of the intelligence community, the incredible daring and skill of the military and the courage of the Administration for making a risky and bold decision, a new conundrum is boiling.
To show the photos or not show the photos.
For me, I couldn’t care less to see the photos of either the bullet strewn Osama bin Laden or the images of him plummeting into the north Arabian Sea from the USS Carl Vinson (a supercarrier named after a former longtime Georgia Congressman, by the way).
However, in President Obama’s opting for special operations forces over bombers or cruise missiles, one of the reasons, officials have been saying, is the president wanted there to be hard proof that bin Laden was there and was dead. Bombing the plain sight hideout would have meant rubble and a tangle of bodies and without someone on the ground, it might never be known if bin Laden was one of the victims of a bombing raid.
If you’re going to go those great lengths and take those steps to make sure you have public enemy No. 1, then why not release the evidence you wanted to get? If you wanted to make sure you got your target and you wanted the proof that it was Osama, then why hold it back? You don’t have to make copies for the White House press corps or put it up for viewing on whitehouse.gov.
I have no doubt that bin Laden is dead and now resting forever on the bottom of the sea floor. But if the proof is what you were after, then show it.
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