Photo Finish

May 5th, 2011

Inspired by Obama will not release bin Laden photos, White House says (WashingtonPost.com 5/04/11), Officials go silent on bin Laden: White House says it won’t release photos of body or give more details about raid, Show the photos (Eugene Robinson), and Forgo the photos (Jo-Ann Armao) (Washington Post 5/05/11).


We don’t need to see the picture for proof that Bin Laden is dead.

How about a long-form death certificate instead?


The military asked Obama not to release it

Because if there’s going to be a backlash they’d like to decrease it.


That’s a good enough reason for me,

Though apparently some of Obama’s opponents disagree.


They seem to want to purposefully enrage and offend,

Because of the message that to America-haters would send.


Someone should ask those haters why

They don’t care if American soldiers die.

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Here’s the White House announcement on President Obama’s decision to not release Bin Laden’s picture.

Here’s Hardball’s 5/04/11 panel discussion and commentary on the decision. I almost always agree with Eugene Robinson, but in this case I don’t (although at least his reasons for arguing for release are good ones, unlike what came out of the far right).

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Here’s the Last Word’s report and discussion of whether the government should have released the picture, plus an updated account of the raid. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI): good job with the points you made. (Rogers is Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and has been shown the pictures.)

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Here’s Rachel’s 5/04/11 report.

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Update: Here’s Chris Matthews’ 5/06/11 comment on those on the right who were clammoring to release the picture.

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