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Jake Tapper has the scoop on the possible photo release:
A top source tells ABC News that President Obama and White House officials are discussing the possibility of releasing a photograph of Osama bin Laden’s corpse today.
Jim Geraghty says, Think of This As Osama’s Final Photo-op.
Hopefully, the raid video will be released, too, especially now that there are conflicting stories about how everything went down.
The White House backed away Monday evening from key details in its narrative about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, including claims by senior U.S. officials that the Al Qaeda leader had a weapon and may have fired it during a gun battle with U.S. forces.
Officials also retreated from claims that one of bin Laden’s wives was killed in the raid and that bin Laden was using her as a human shield before she was shot by U.S. forces.
Michelle Malkin asks, “Why the changes?” :Brennan and the bin Laden story bungle
People are also wondering, why did it take so long to act, if they knew about the compound since, last Sept?…
WikiLeaks may have triggered the killing of Osama Bin Laden, it was suggested last night.
For although the CIA has thought since September that he was in hiding in Abbottabad, special forces stormed his fortress only days after the website published new secret documents.
These made reference to named ‘couriers’ carrying Bin Laden’s message to his followers, and also to Abbottabad as a possible Al Qaeda bolthole.
America has already revealed that it was led to Bin Laden by tracking a man identified as his key courier.
When that courier was found in Abbottabad, the CIA began surveillance that led to the raid.
As a result, last night it was suggested the operation had to be launched before Bin Laden knew the game was up.
What were they waiting for?
Jim Treacher at The Daily Caller
notes the incredible transformation of Team Six
from Dick Cheney’s “secret, illegal, assassination squad”
to Obama’s”super awesome clean-up crew”,
AKA Naval Special Warfare Development Group, AKA DevGru.
Cheney is bad and Obama is good, right? So… how will our moral, ethical, and intellectual superiors avoid giving The Evil Dick Cheney any credit for this? What rhetorical gymnastics will they perform to praise the brave men they once slandered as the instruments of Satan? How can they celebrate this victory for their beloved Obama without reversing themselves on the methods he used to achieve it?
Aw, they’ll find a way. If all else fails, they can just pretend they never said any of that stuff.
John Hayward at Human Events: The Instruments of Bin Laden’s Death:
If Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Seymour Hersh, and Stephen Colbert had gotten their way over the last ten years, Osama bin Laden would still be alive. The intelligence leading to his location would not have been fully developed. The commando team that took him down would not have existed.
Did these liberals hold their views entirely out of political expediency, slamming and indicting Bush and Cheney for programs and policies they would have quietly tolerated from Gore or Kerry? What difference does it make? They were dead wrong, and it doesn’t matter why. They’ll be dead wrong again under the next Republican president.
Local CBS2 news anchor just made the following statement while pimping their 8:00 KCAL9 coverage of OBL: “new reaction on the murder of the terrorist mastermind.” Murder? Apparently, the killing during legal combat operations of a person who 1) declared war on the US and 2) masterminded a series of attacks, generally targeting civilians, is murder.
A charitable person would assume that, while it was a horrible misuse of the language, it was probably merely a slip of the tongue. However, when I went to their website to write a complaint I found that someone else had already complained about one of their stories describing his death as murder. That complaint (post and link here) was posted 20 hours before the occurence I witnessed. While it appears the earlier complaint refers to a guest describing OBL’s death as murder, the occurrence that angered me was a direct statement by Sharon Tay who is described on their website as an anchor.
Now it’s being reported that according to the Wikileaks cables, the terrorist who gave up the courier’s name was caught in Iraq in 2004. The UK Telegraphreports:
“Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti was a senior al-Qaeda facilitator and subordinate of [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed]. Al-Kuwaiti worked in the al-Qaeda media house operated by [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] in Kandahar and served as a courier.”
The file suggests that the courier’s identity was provided to the US by another key source, the al-Qaida facilitator Hassan Ghul, who was captured in Iraq in 2004 and interrogated by the CIA. Ghul was never sent to Guantanamo but was believed to have been taken to a prison in Pakistan.
The Blaze: Nancy Pelosi’s mother of all flip-flops
The Daily Mail: 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.
Hit squads of specialist Navy Seals – who were not even told who they were preparing to capture – had practised the mission at two reconstructions of the terror chiefs sprawling compound.
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. He then added ‘I’m going to make a decision soon.’
The head of the CIA and other senior intelligence officers who were keen to proceed were left tense as they waited for the president’s decision.
That’s why they call him, “No Drama Obama.”