Osama bin Laden News Open Thread

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I am so tired of reading and hearing about the Osama bin Laden assassination that I can't even bring myself to do a news round-up, but Memeorandum has a very extensive collection of coverage linked here.

I don't have a whole lot else to say about the situation, aside from noting that it is problematic that the White House's details about the incident keep changing, if for no other reason than it's bad politics.

I don't believe it's evidence of some huge cover-up, but constantly moving targets feed the perceptions of those who do. The White House should have released the factual details from the start, framed the operation as part of the Afghanistan War, expected and accepted there would be critics, and not felt obliged to respond to them by finessing the details of the story.

Doesn't matter who it is or what they've done: It's never going to be universally well-received, even by people ostensibly on the same side who aren't looking to make trouble or score political points, when an administration assassinates someone.

The administration should just stand by their decision, and leave people to their reactions.

Anyway, feel free to discuss whatever re: this story in comments. ads

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