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Originally posted by brindle
Question number 1- Since there was a $3 million dollars or so reward for the capture ... of UBL,if some rogue mercernaries claimed they took out Ubl,and only provided pictures of the event with no body,would they be entitled to the reward money?The answer is no,because the pictures could be photoshopped.This being the case ,if only pictures are provided to the citizens of the united states,what real proof do they hold that ubl has been eliminated..Question number 2-if you were going to risk more american lives to capture ubl,you would have to be 100 percent certain he was in that compound.If you were 100 percent certain he was in the compound,why would you risk more american lives?Wouldnt the answer be to bomb the compound.Everyone in the compound and surrounding area knew ubl was there.There were no innocent people in the area.
Take One: Bin Laden died in a bloody firefight.
On Sunday night, Obama dramatically told the world that "after a firefight," our brave men in uniform "killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."
Embellishing the story the next morning, White House deputy national security adviser John Brennan said at his briefing that bin Laden "was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area of the house he was in. ... And whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly don't know. ... It was a firefight. He, therefore, was killed in that firefight."
Take Two: Bin Laden did not engage in a firefight.
The day after Brennan disclosed such vivid details, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney walked them back Michael Jackson-style. Bin Laden, he said in version 2.0, "was not armed." Brennan had clearly implied that bin Laden "resisted" with arms. Carney amended the narrative by insisting that "resistance does not require a firearm." How exactly bin Laden resisted, Carney would not say.
It's been all downhill, uphill, K-turns and 180s ever since. Fasten your seatbelts:
Take Three: Bin Laden's wife died after her feckless husband used her as a human shield.