By Kyle | May 4, 2011
The President says he doesn’t want to release photos of Bin Laden because there is no need to “spike the football.” Well.
Tell me, what is the amount of marginal humiliation involved in releasing photos (or, for that matter, of bringing the body back to the US before burial at sea) of someone you have just had shot in the head after spending 10 years hunting him down, using waterboarding, rendition, many thousands of troops and billions of dollars? The American people spent a lot of money finding this man. Let’s see what we bought. The jihadists will be furious — but then, they’re always furious. They were furious that Salman Rushdie wrote a novel. They were furious that Danish cartoonists published cartoons. They were furious that an inanimate object was burned in Florida. They’re furious that our women don’t walk around in tents. They’re furious that we’re rich. Fury is their business. Worrying about the marginal fury that attaches to releasing the photo is like dropping a bomb and fretting that it made too much noise.
Look at it this way — everybody in the US military wants to see that photo. They’ve put in a lot of work along the way. Are you more concerned about their morale, or that of the jihadists?