If you disagree with Obama, you’re — uhh — you’re not playing ball with him. Or something.
And to think that just two days ago, Barack Obama might have held his fifty-point-line, but he goes and returns to his insipid ways, harangues Americans, belittles us, fears “Muslim sensitivity” and complains about the possibility of spikes.
According to Leon Panetta, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and nominee to be the next Secretary of Defense, photos would be released today.
While two Obama Administration associates, Secretary of Defense Bill Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, contend that the image/s should not be released (could place our military and intelligence communities at greater risk, they maintain).
After ruminating on this for several days, Barack Obama thinks we’ll only distrust what we see “anyway” so there, no pix for you, me, anyone. Obama cites “sensitivity” and “fear” as to “Muslim” and “Muslims’ feelings” and chastises Americans who seek the information.
However, are not “Muslims” and their “sensitivities” and “feelings” continually and quite abnormally “upset”? Are not our American personnel and citizens continually at risk wherever we go (as are most today globally who are not Muslim, in all locations globally). What could possibly we ‘more upsetting’ to an irrational, oftentimes utterly uncivilized group of people globally that is any worse than the going riot-pillage-rape-burn-and-ruin-stone-and-destroy-other-people rage that characterises Muslims today?
Obama: I won’t release bin Laden death photos
– by Brian Montopoli, CBS News, May 04, 2011
I could not have stated it any better than the following, by Mr. John Podhoretz:
Spiking the Football, Mr. President?
– by John Podhoretz, May 04, 2011
So the president has decided not to release the photos of a dead Osama bin Laden, even though we were told the photos had been taken to ensure the world would believe that bin Laden had been killed. I suspect there’s more to this decision than we know, given that CIA director Leon Panetta had promised flatly they would be seen. (A friend speculates, wildly and with no proof but interestingly, that Bin Laden, known to have had kidney disease requiring dialysis, might have been in a wheelchair.) There are good arguments on both sides for releasing and not releasing; this isn’t a clear-cut call. But now, for some reason, the president himself is acting as though it is not only a clear-cut call, but a deeply moral call—and suggesting if you disagree with him that you’re somehow un-American or a bad sport. This is what he said to 60 Minutes:
“We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Mr. Obama added…In explaining his choice not to release the photo, Mr. Obama said that “we don’t need to spike the football.” He said that “given the graphic nature of the photo it would create a national security risk.”
If he believes releasing the pictures would be injurious to national security, then fine. I understand Obama doesn’t want to give unnecessary offense to the world community, and he knows more about what the photos look like than the rest of us, and ultimately it’s his call. But what about Obama’s sensitivity toward Americans? To suggest that those in this country who believe such a photo should be seen are just trying to “spike the football” because they want to “trot out trophies” is to liken them to end-zone gloaters showing bad sportsmanship. At a moment when he is preaching the glories and need for unity, that is an awfully disunifying tone to strike.
These controversial photos of bin Laden are about far more than proving he’s “actually” dead, that his demise has, indeed, occurred, it is about the American people deserving — abundantly deserving — to realize, with certainty, that this evil bastard of a creep is finally out of this world and off into his eternal judgement. His damage, his intentional hatred, of our nation and our people is so extreme as to to have inflicted a need by the American people to know that we have, indeed, triumphed over this rotten, soiled and soiling monster. Seeing the finality of his miserable life would provide a partial conclusion to a national loss that, though will never be healed, could at least be stamped with the guilty man’s demise.
But, I in no way respect anyone — President or not — who now equates Americans (who have suffered so much and worked so hard for so many years since September 11, 2001) with field-game players or worse, of lesser concern than the “sensitivities of Muslims”.
Barack Obama appears to have made the decision to send in our military to attack Osama bin Laden not because Obama wanted to but because he found himself forced to act: the evil man was located by Intelligence, so, hey, Mr. President, what do we do now?
Obama appears to have issued an order to take Osama bin Laden out not because it was the right and responsible thing to do, but because it appeared to be the useful thing to Obama’s need for popularity in the polls. And we now more clearly see where his loyalties and concerns lie.
And, now, about disturbing images, things that make most Americans upset to the core:
UPDATE II: Regarding photos linked in UPDATE I below — Reuters may be removing — or may already have removed — their images but the same images are now available at The Guardian, in a better-functioning slideshow format. No images of Osama bin Laden, however. ** WARNING ** GRAPHIC **
UPDATE I: Reuters to release photos
Photos show three dead men at bin Laden raid house
– by Adrees Latif, Reuters – May 04, 2011
** WARNING 88 GRAPHIC **
These images don’t include any of Osama bin Laden…and Obama continues to use our nation’s existence — national security, allies relationships, economy, his own identity complications as also our very Constitution — for fodder to manipulate attention in a very warped fashion to himself.
The official, who wished to remain anonymous, sold the pictures to Reuters.
None of the men looked like bin Laden. President Barack Obama decided not to release photos of his body because it could have incited violence and used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool, the White House said on Wednesday.