Worth a thousand (just) words: show the photos, Mr. President

Posted by: Phineas on May 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I’ve been amazed at how the Obama administration has taken the immense good feelings generated by a brilliant intelligence and military operation and just about killed it through gross incompetence in handling the post-mission PR: erroneous and contradictory statements, walkbacks, failure to give credit where credit is due — wasn’t “communication” supposed to be one of the strengths of The Smartest President Ever(tm)?

Anyway, and to get back to the point, release of the photos of bin Laden’s bullet-riddled corpse has turned into another PR headache for the Administration after President Obama changed his mind and decided not to release them. Not only is this spawning rumors that this is a fake and Osama isn’t really dead, but it has a lot of Americans peeved, too; Osama made it his personal mission to kill as many of us as possible — and we want to see him dead.

I was planning to go on at length about this, but Jim Geraghty in today’s Morning Jolt(1) is on fire, and I’m happy to quote him with a hearty “Me, too!”:

Well, it didn’t take long for President Obama to obliterate those warm feelings he generated on Sunday night. From the moment we heard the news, I’ll bet some not-insignificant percentage of the American public said, “I want to see the body.” Not because we’re a bunch of voyeurs, but because we’ve been through these false alarms with disturbing regularity since 9/11. We think we get a guy, and then we don’t. We had several false alarms with Saddam Hussein, and when he was captured, they showed a short video of him getting checked out by doctors.

What’s that, Mr. President? The photos are “very graphic”? So was watching people jump to their deaths from the blazing Twin Towers, you hyperactive condescending nanny. About ten years ago, we had a national traumatic experience as we all watched thousands of people die before our very eyes when the towers collapsed. Since then, we’ve seen Daniel Pearl beheaded, Madrid subway cars blown up, London buses and trains blown up, Bali nightclubs blown up, a Beslan school turned into a massacre site. We’ve seen enough death and dismemberment of innocent civilians to last a lifetime. So pardon me for thinking that our delicate sensibilities might be able to handle seeing the man with more American blood on his hands than anyone else on the planet missing an eye and with some brain matter exposed.

What’s that? It might be “an incitement to additional violence”? Show me one extremist Muslim who’s not going to go into a violent rage over killing bin Laden, but who will do so if he sees the photos. Go out and find him. A few weeks ago, a bunch of Afghanis went on a rampage and killed a bunch of aid workers because Pastor Pyro down in Florida decided to flame-broil a Koran. A controversial book, a cartoon, the latest conspiracy theory — it doesn’t matter. These guys are just looking for excuses to run around and kill people in a frenzy.

I am tired of my government’s adjusting its policies in these inane attempts to placate the triggers of rage among unstable people — as if it’s our fault for provoking them.

The truth will set you free, even when it’s ugly or gruesome.

I watched live as the second plane struck the World Trade Center, Mr. President, and I’ve seen the photos of people leaping to their deaths; don’t you dare treat me like a toddler.

Release the photos.

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(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Worth a thousand (just) words: show the photos, Mr. President”


  1. Brontefan says:

    Once again, our “fearless leader” makes his “ivy league” educational assessment (non sequitur) –and will effectively ON CAMERA suck all the life out of this one deed which is meant to raise his poll numbers. As with everything else this administration does…we are shoved into the role of having decisions made for us, about us, and to us–none of which we asked for. Is it too obtuse to remeind these people that THEY work FOR us and not the other way around?

  2. jussayin' says:

    But Obama was elected King, so there is that. Right?

    I guess this is all part of his narcissism, but Obama had a golden opportunity to show leadership, and he is blowing it big time.

    First, the various stories that keep coming out that contradict each other, then his going on his victory lap tour. While he claims showing the picture will be like spiking the football. OK, then what does he think the grandstanding at Ground Zero was?

    We also hear about how he wasn’t possibly the one to give the go ahead, and that he dithered for 16 hours, either one makes those “7 minutes” of Bush’s look very minor.

    His claims of the burial at sea to prevent a shrine to Osama hasn’t exactly worked as the compound is now turning into a shrine (funny, that was my very first thought once I heard about the dumping the body at sea.)

    So, let’s look it over… The Special Forces go in and do a bang up job, get the job done even with the loss of the helicopter, get their man, (and someone else who we haven’t had identified). Then Duh One steps up and does his level best to screw up the head served to him on a golden platter. How is it that he wouldn’t have already made a decision on what to do with the photos prior to the engagement?

    With an operation like this you plan everything, and come up with alternates for as many different contingencies you can think of. That also includes the aftermath. Seems the military and CIA did their job. Guess which person didn’t do theirs?

    Clinton states something, and it comes about? Really? How was it then that she was beaten by Obama in the primaries? OK, she also had Gates on her side.

    It’s a show watching this regime twist itself into pretzels trying to appease everyone except the American people. Sadly, it is the American people who are the party that should be Obama’s first and main concern.

    Instead he turns his back on them.

  3. Carlos says:

    @jussayin’: there’s the problem with the way you laid things out. It never occurred to him or anyone else in his gang of thugs that things would, for the most part, turn out like they did, which was essentially as planned. (See virtually every government program in the last two centuries for proof of that.)

    That kind of sophomoric thinking (that something actually works the way planned) is for non-elites.

    And now, who cares about the pics? It’s taken so long now no one in the muslim world would believe they’re not photoshopped anyway, and Duh-1 doesn’t give a rat’s patootie about what we, the great unwashed, think. It’s 18 months until his next coronation so he’s got plenty of time to lie his way back into the mushmind hopey-changey hearts of his former voters.

  4. Drew says:

    Osama bin Laden is alive. He sat between me and Sasquatch on the UFO.

  5. Phineas says:

    Don’t be spreading false rumors, Drew. Everyone knows he’s working at a Burger King in Kalamazoo with Elvis and Jimmy Hoffa.

  6. captaingrumpy says:

    Everyone can stuff things up,look how Rumsfield left countless ammo dumps for anyone to shop at.But ,I must say that Obummer stuffs up everything and it is on purpose.He is not a dithering idiot. He is a sly conniving evil predator that is slowly killing the US and he is helping the Muslims do it. He should be for the Seal team.

  7. Kate says:

    Of the real truth on OBL Ask Joe Biden…..he got OBL a job at the local 7-Eleven…and OBL said “Oh THank HEaven”, where are my virgins?