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petegz28
05-04-2011, 08:45 AM
President Obama is increasingly doubtful that there's a compelling reason to release a photograph of Osama bin Laden's corpse, ABC News has learned.

There don't seem to be many skeptics of bin Laden's death in the Muslim world, with bin Laden's wife having survived the attack to identify bin Laden's death both to the Navy SEALs and Pakistani authorities.

Meanwhile, sources say, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are advising the president about concerns at the Pentagon and State Department that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the US for killing bin Laden where one does not seem to currently exist.

The internal debate at the White House is then informed by this question: why are we releasing this photograph if no one seems to really doubt his death and releasing it could cause more harm than good?

US official: "The only skeptics are extremists and they wouldn't be convinced by a photograph anyway. So the president has to weigh the potential negatives and they're huge, there's a tremendous risk of the photo becoming a rallying cry for attacks against US soldiers, government personnel, and Americans in general."

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/gates-clinton-advising-president-to-not-release-obl-photograph-obama-increasingly-concerned-no-good-.html

petegz28
05-04-2011, 08:47 AM
so let me get this straight...we kill the fucker but if we release a photo proving what Clinton and Gates claim everyone knows it will prompt a backlash??

I would think killing him in the first place would prompt a backlash just as well, so why the fuss on proving to the American People and the World that we indeed got him?

dirk digler
05-04-2011, 08:57 AM
so let me get this straight...we kill the fucker but if we release a photo proving what Clinton and Gates claim everyone knows it will prompt a backlash??

I would think killing him in the first place would prompt a backlash just as well, so why the fuss on proving to the American People and the World that we indeed got him?

I don't care either way though the sicko in me would like to see the photo and the burial video.

I think this quote, "The only skeptics are extremists and they wouldn't be convinced by a photograph anyway", is pretty much dead on though.

Amnorix
05-04-2011, 09:18 AM
Seems to me that if you've got a WIFE willing to say "yep, they got him", then we're done here and there is zero point to releasing the photo.

Jaric
05-04-2011, 09:22 AM
Seems to me that if you've got a WIFE willing to say "yep, they got him", then we're done here and there is zero point to releasing the photo.

/tinfoil

but what if she was in on it?!?!

/tinfoil

mlyonsd
05-04-2011, 10:00 AM
Unless a video is released of OBL grading our draft picks I'm happy to take the SEALS word.

Although I'm like dirk, I would like to see at least one picture. Just to see how he had been aging, etc.

Direckshun
05-04-2011, 11:38 AM
Unless a video is released of OBL grading our draft picks I'm happy to take the SEALS word.

LMAO

|Zach|
05-04-2011, 12:06 PM
so let me get this straight...we kill the ****er but if we release a photo proving what Clinton and Gates claim everyone knows it will prompt a backlash??

I would think killing him in the first place would prompt a backlash just as well, so why the fuss on proving to the American People and the World that we indeed got him?

This isn't an argument for or against but I think you are underrating the power of images.

vailpass
05-04-2011, 12:11 PM
This isn't an argument for or against but I think you are underrating the power of images.

Did you just have a Kodak moment?