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Posted on 05/04/2011 8:16:54 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Gates, Clinton Advising President to Not Release OBL Photograph; Obama Increasingly Concerned No Good Would Come from It
May 04, 2011 7:07 AM
President Obama is increasingly doubtful that there's a compelling reason to release a photograph of Osama bin Laden's corpse, ABC News has learned.
There don't seem to be many skeptics of bin Laden's death in the Muslim world, with bin Laden's wife having survived the attack to identify bin Laden's death both to the Navy SEALs and Pakistani authorities.
Meanwhile, sources say, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are advising the president about concerns at the Pentagon and State Department that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the US for killing bin Laden where one does not seem to currently exist.
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If Obama can NOT decide on releasing a photo....who here believes he actually made the decision to go in after Osama?
And Barry is worried about this???????????????? Holy Crap, to paraphrase Frank Barone!
They have already lost the chance to craft one terse narrative and then stick to it. There must be all sorts of video and photographic evidence. Why release any of it? Debriefing will provide all sorts of details. Some will be in conflict. Again, why release any of it?
That doesn't seem to be true. There are all types of denials to OBL death in the Arab world. Even Al Qaeda is posting on their websites that this is an American hoax. I think that the WH is ginning up excitement over the release of the pic by playing this game. They will end up doing this.
I call BS.
The liberals in the ACLU went to court to force release of additional Abu Grahib (sp?) photos, when that issue was a hot issue. The liberal view was that secrecy was not important, and that the full extent of what happened at Abu Grahib should be documented for the world.
In this case, why would liberals NOT want to release photos of the dead Bin Laden? Especially since the MSM has been tripping over themselves in awe and admiration of Obama as a strong leader and all that in taking out Bin Laden???
Looks like the polling is not complete.
Unrelated issues. Someone has to be concerned about the effect on our troops preparation for possible events.
As usual, we’re being played like a violin and beat like a drum—apparently we like it that way—else where’s the outrage.
keep on worshipping the prince of fools; each in his own style, of course...
The clock is ticking away...
Lets just debate it to death
I done killed da mother.
So since O and Co. took over the WH they claim Bin Laden was the number one priority foreign policy-wise (a weak position that asserts Bin Laden was the be-all, end-all) and yet somehow the question of providing visual proof was not an issue discussed multiple times over the years? But the photos from Abu Graib (sic) were truthful journalism?
This administration can’t claim they will release the pics and vid of burial and then claim that on second thought this “might” inflame the Muslim world. This was a question long ago answered (yes) and has now become, apparently, a big no.
I’m still waiting for the leftist outrage about Obama’s Illegal Ocean Dumping, and pollution of the seas.
If YOU or I do it, you’ll need an Environmental Impact Statement, and an EPA General Permit for Burial of Human Remains at Sea, in accordance with Code of Federal Regulations 40 CFR 229.1.
You must notify EPA in writing within 30 days of dumping, and, of course, include the Burial at Sea Permit Fee of $11.00, by check only.
Burial at sea of human remains which are not cremated shall take place no closer than 3 nautical miles from land and in water no less than one hundred fathoms (six hundred feet) deep.
THIS IS NOT A JOKE....
a backlash against the US for killing bin Laden where one does not seem to currently exist.
Can our government be this stupid?
It’s worse than we thought.
They need to get their heads out of their asses and just stfu already. The DNA evidence was released. HE IS DEAD MOVE ON.
Stop appeasing the taliban and terrorists.
I don’t care if they release it or not. I’m just enjoying the obvious discomfort it causes them.
I can understand no releasing any video of the raid so as not to show any tactical information. But to not release photos of his corpse is a slap in the face to freedom. They are not our parents. We can handle the “truth”. It is up to US whether or not to look at the “gruesome” pictures. When something is done around the world in our names we have the right to as much information as is possibly available. We the people should demand this. As for inciting the Muslim world. Are they not already irrationally incited? Besides, they seem to only kill each other in the streets when they get angry. So, what’s the problem?
Speaks volumes about the amateruishness of this whole bunch.
Suppose you killed the #1 wanted man in the world, rushed out instantly to dump the body at sea, then announced to world of you great deed. Now we were told the ‘death photos’ are too grusome. Contrast that to the process of previous HVTs our military got under Bush.
This WH does not understand their credibility on most things are suspicious, and we all should just take teh WON’s words for it.
The same leftists who are outraged that we poured water up the noses of terrorists are now OK if we shoot them in the head - if it is done by the order of a Democrat President.
Well, I’m starting to have doubts.
Something stinks, and when something stinks nowadays, it’s usuallly Obama, or his wife.
So, yeah, is he dead? Who knows? I know I don’t know.
I know what the media said, but the media also said glowbull warming is real, and they said Obama is smart, and they also said Michelle is beautiful.
Perhaps he just needs to sleep on it.
If those photos are not classified secret they should be released.They are the property of the American People.The assault that took out Bin Ladin was done on our behalf so release the damn photos.
Don’t tell me Obama is so budget conscience that we can’t afford military morticians.
If he made it to the bottom the hagfish got him.
Call for Mr Trump. Please pick up the white phone.
We want photos before October 2012.
what are the odds the intel community leaks it anyway and puts Barry right back in the corner?
He wants to do the right “MUSLIM THING”. Probably searching the Koran which is always by his bedside.
Makes all the difference on everything, doesn't it?
Big Brother government is no problem...as long as it's their Big Brother.
It's unimaginable that Obama did not have a plan on what information to release, what photos/videos to release, and what proof to present to the American people.
Muslim sensitivities trump transparency.
There is no doubt that Navy SEALs are expert marksmen. But, almost all self defense instructors teach to first aim for center mass, the chest.
Double tap means 2 shots to the chest. Since many attackers are high on drugs and/or armed a double tap is followed by a shot to the head. Instructors teach to go for the larger target then the smaller target (the head).
Even with the best night vision equipment in a fast changing situation why would SEALs go for the low percentage head shots first?
The only wounds reported are double taps to the head. That has sounded strange to me since the first reports came in.
Might be off topic but a mention of history here. Muhammad Ahmad,(1844-1885), called the Al-Mahdi wiped out an Egyptian force of ten thousand men and took Khartoum with the death of General Gordon. The Sudan was to deteriorate under Islamic rule for 13 years. However six months after his triumph, he died of typhus, a magnificent tomb and edifice was built at Omdurman.
Lord Kitchener conquered the Dervish in 1898 at Omdurman. He ordered the splendid tomb absolutely destroyed. He had the body of the Al Mahdi thrown into the River Nile. The head of this man was taken and some correctness may have kicked in. Kitchener was persuaded not to use the skull as an ashtray.
Nothing happened to Kitchener or his forces afterward. He met his death by the German submarine attack in 1917. I understand a magnificent tomb replaced the one Kitchener destroyed and is a tourist attraction.
Anyway. Well done America!
“There don’t seem to be many skeptics of bin Laden’s death in the Muslim world”
“Throughout Southeast Asia, the alleged killing of Osama Bin Laden coupled with the delay by the United States government in releasing any photographic evidence to the fact is giving birth to a flood of conspiracy theories, with many refusing to believe that Al Qaeda’s leader is actually dead.”
I'd like to see someone put a dunce hat on zero and a lit cigarette in between Hillary's fingers.
Gates and Clinton know the forgeries will be dissected immediately. Obama is naive, and has to try to force his childish opinions on the rest of the cabinet.
We need a real adult in the WH.
Indecisive ditherer. It’s hard to make a decision when you have no core values and no moral compass.
Hillary: How are we going to spin this one for the kid president.
Well, I believe that the Ditherer-in-Chief did decide.
But it took him SIXTEEN HOURS to do it:
(The above caps are mine. The caps below are actually in the headline of this British newspaper.)
Obama took SIXTEEN HOURS to make up his mind about Bin Laden mission .... Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would 'sleep on it' before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden's compound. .... The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan. ..... But the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think - and disappeared out of the room. 'I'm not going to tell you what my decision is now - I'm going to go back and think about it some more,' said Obama, according to the New York Times.
What they're concerned about is that the photograph is eight years old...
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