And it’s rare that this should happen. I think I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve agreed with him. In this case, his decision to not release photos of Osama bin Laden is the right decision. That’s not to say that photos won’t be released at some time, but Obama’s assessment that there is a greater risk in doing so now is correct.
What would the photos prove? For birthers (and I have my doubts), a birth certificate proved little. Photos of a body can be doctored too. Surely if Osama bin Laden was not dead, someone in Al Qaeda would be speaking up to dispute the claim. We are going to quite some lengths to create a “smoke-him-out” strategy if this is all a ruse. And with the evidence and testimony we have, there is little reason to doubt that bin Laden was found. The only question that could remain is whether he is dead or was captured and taken into custody either injured or uninjured. Obama is playing a VERY serious game if he’s telling the world that bin Laden is dead when he’s actually being held somewhere. That would be a secret too big to keep quiet if it were true. Besides, where would he be held? Guantanamo?
He could be in the brig on a ship in the Indian Ocean… Maybe there’s value in interrogating him. Maybe not. More likely than not, my best guess is that the photographic evidence is too gruesome as some suggest and may even show proof of more than just a shooting. It’s possible that following an assault weapon shot to the head, there’s little to recognize. In any case, whether he’s alive and being held, or dead and dumped, there’s no real value in showing a photo. The United States has balked at photos of dead US servicemen being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu and some would fault us as being no better if we release photos.