So, we’re not going to get to see that photo of a dead Osama bin Laden, after all. Too bad.
Press Secretary Jay Carney made the announcement at yesterday’s White House briefing. He read what President Obama had told Steve Croft in an interview for 60 Minutes, which will be broadcast Sunday evening.
“There is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden,” the president told Croft, “We don’t need to spike the football.”
Sure, we could gloat and wave the photo of bin Laden’s bullet-ridden body around like a trophy, Obama acknowledged. But, he insisted, “That is not who we are.”
It was a close call. You could make a good argument either way, to release or not to release.
But, in the end, the majority of the president’s national security team, led by Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates, opposed its release. And, in fact, there was very little demand for it – outside of the cable TV networks. And the president made the final decision.
Personally, I’d like the closure that seeing the photo, no matter how gruesome, would provide.
But you and I all know this: We got the S.O.B. And that’s all that counts.
That’s my parting shot for today.