The Story Shifts on the Abbottabad Raid; UPDATE: Carney Revises Again, Says There Was “Resistance” from bin Laden

posted at 1:20 pm on May 3, 2011 by Jimmie Bise, Jr

According to The Politico, the White House has a couple revisions to the story it told us yesterday of what happened inside Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. The most notable change thus far to the story we heard yesterday from Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan and the Pentagon is that bin Laden didn’t pick up a gun and join the fighting.

However, during a background, off-camera briefing for television reporters later Monday, a senior White House official said bin Laden was not armed when he was killed, apparently by the U.S. raid team.

Another White House official familiar with the TV briefing confirmed the change to POLITICO, adding, “I’m not aware of him having a weapon.”

“The bottom line is the team that entered that room was met with resistance and took appropriate action,” said a third American official.

And that’s fine. I don’t think most Americans care if bin Laden was holding a gun when the SEALs dropped him or not. I certainly don’t. I might care a little bit that the woman killed in the raid wasn’t actually bin Laden’s wife, but only a little bit. It’s obvious to me that part of his strategy for fighting the free world has involved hiding behind women and children at every turn, so I’m not shocked to learn that he found a few who were more than willing to hang out at Chez Osama to serve as potential battle furniture when the inevitable reckoning time came.

However, these new revelations might just cause the President a little bit of woe. Already, there is a growing rumble of discontent that the President gave a “kill order” and not the lesser-used “treat pleasantly and invite back for a little brunch followed by a gentle Q&A session order”. While the big guns like the ACLU and Human Rights Watch have yet to weigh in, there’s no doubt that these revisions to the official account could give them more than sufficient reason to do so, given how quickly they’ve done so in the past. I can’t imagine that the anti-war left will stand quietly for much longer while President Obama does a victory lap for snuffing an unarmed old man no matter how much they may want him re-elected. If you’re looking for a sinister reason for why the administration might have put out bad information, that’s about the best one I can imagine.

I’m sure we’ll get the full and accurate story in time; a story this momentous simply must be told. Perhaps by then John Brennan will have had time to get his part of the story straight. I hope he does, considering that he had one of the dozen best views of the entire situation (excluding, of course, the SEALs themselves) and access to the after-action briefing reports.

UPDATE: Jay Carney is in the middle of a press briefing right now (which I can’t see because I don’t have access to a television) with a revised raid timeline. Accorind to the Twitter feed of CNN’s National Security Desk, bin Laden’s wife “rushed” the SEAL and was shot and wounded. After that, bin Laden himself resisted then in some way and they shot him dead. If the White House puts up a transcript in a timely fashion, I’ll post the link here so you can see the narrative for yourself.

One last thing, which is more or less a speculative editorial comment. I think today’s awkward and late in the day adjustments to the official story will feed a “deather” conspiracy theory the White House really doesn’t want to get any larger than it is right now. Stacy McCain doesn’t think it’s that big a deal and he may well be right, at least right now. But given that the White House just last week had to deal publicly, and with not very good grace, with a Birther conspiracy theory that started with a small fringe group, I would think the President would be careful not to hand a new cause du jour to a new small fringe group.


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I can’t begin to imagine what might have happened if we had taken him captive. There would be a hundred hostages by now demanding his release.

crosspatch on May 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I saw Osama this morning in Graceland on the grassy knoll.

Shy Guy on May 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Nitwit, thy name be John Brennan.

olesparkie on May 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM

“Hey, Abbottobad!”

/Costello

James on May 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM

“treat pleasantly and invite back for a little brunch followed by a gentle Q&A session order beer summit”.

tommer74 on May 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM

More evidence of the bump that wasn’t.

First Day of Ras post OBL kill shows 0% bounce

First day of Gallup post OBL kill shows 1% bounce.

I was worried this would translate into big numbers for THE WON. Looks like those fears were for naught.

As these lies handed out by the WH continue, the polling will be even worse.

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM

You mean Obama’s policies of ending useful interrogation techniques and closing secret prisons has caused our military to shoot first ask questions later? Wow. Nobody saw that coming.

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Hoisted on their own “sense and sensibilities” petard. Liberalism is never ever practical, but it sho’ll do feel good to say you’re for this or against that.

SouthernGent on May 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

It’s GWB’s fault Bo had to issue the “kill order.” The GOP had so poisoned the jury pool against OBL that it would have been impossible to find a fair impartial jury.

katiejane on May 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I can’t begin to imagine what might have happened if we had taken him captive. There would be a hundred hostages by now demanding his release.

crosspatch on May 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

That’s the most important reason why they had to dump him at sea fast, too.

“Following Muslim ritual” sounds so nice and PC, but if they had the stiff for any length of time, there would be hostage taking to get it back.

Wethal on May 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I have so many questions.

Where are the survivors right now? Where is Mrs Bin Laden?

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

My friend, a Syrian Christian, watches news on Arabic stations. She was shocked when I mentioned that Osama hid behind a woman. It was not mentioned in the Arab news and it really insulted her Arabic sensibilities. She has clearly been taught that Arabs are a superior race, although she despises Muslims and she now prefers living in the US.

bopbottle on May 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Personally, I think they need to shut up about this already. They are starting to look like the idiots that they are.

sheesh on May 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

This sets up the DOJ prosecution of the Team member who dropped him.

Alden Pyle on May 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

GASP you mean this White House may not be telling the full truth?

Glad I was sitting down for that one!

gophergirl on May 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

This raid was undoubtedly recorded at numerous angles from each of the personnel involved.

If he was unarmed, it only concerns me in the part about they asked him to surrender as if this was a police action and want to paint it in that light.

Whereas I understand this was a military action and a prompt to surrender is not warranted (or necessarily desired for that particular target).

I’m sure the videos will be released one day. Granted, we may all be dead and gone, but our kids or grandkids will get to see it.

ButterflyDragon on May 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

While the big guns like the ACLU and Human Rights Watch have yet to weigh in, there’s no doubt that these revisions to the official account could give them more than sufficient reason to do so, given how quickly they’ve done so in the past.

I heard a snippet of some guy from Human Rights Watch on SRN news this morning saying they were looking into whether OBL was fighting back or not, because if he wasn’t “we’d have a homicide investigation on our hands”—heh.

NTWR on May 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

We could never have taken him alive.

The best we could have done was take him alive, question him, then dump him off a cliff in Peshawar for someone to find and wonder.
BUT we couldn’t do that because the location of his house made any capture of him immediately discoverable.

So we had to kill him, and if Obama can’t bear to tell the Glenn Greenwalds of the world that fact, I can’t help him.

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

This is a Public Relations nightmare.

Why change the story?

This is a historic news story… You think you would have professionals working in the White House.

tetriskid on May 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I have a question:

If they didn’t tell Pakistan what was happening, as Panetta claims, how did a US helicopter get to the house without anyone noticing and a) firing at it or b) alerting Osama that hey something’s up, you better be heading out of there?

If the house is so close to the Pakistani verson of West Point, you’d think someone would be monitoring incoming aircraft to the area, no?

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Personally, I think they need to shut up about this already. They are starting to look like the idiots that they are.

sheesh on May 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Or hire somebody who understands public relations.

Seriously.

These people are complete morons.

tetriskid on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

It is going to get real interesting if these Navy Seals find themselves in the cross-hairs of the liberal, bed wetters for killing an unarmed man. What will Holder do? We know Obama will throw them under the bus.

bopbottle on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Wonder if we will ever get the truth on what happened from bho and team? And they wonder why American’s that still use their brains doubt anything that comes out of their mouth? Thank goodness biden hasn’t gotten on the tube, no telling what he will say! If any of these people did tell the truth, we probably wouldn’t believe it because they lie so much.
L

letget on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Already, there is a growing rumble of discontent that the President gave a “kill order” and not the lesser-used “treat pleasantly and invite back for a little brunch followed by a gentle Q&A session order”.

I hope he did give a “kill order.” That’s all the SOB deserved.

rbj on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I can’t imagine that the anti-war left will stand quietly for much longer while President Obama does a victory lap for snuffing an unarmed old man

How old was OBL?

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I might care a little bit that the woman killed in the raid wasn’t actually bin Laden’s wife, but only a little bit

Unless she was the victim of a kidnapping or otherwise forced to be there, I don’t care a whit about her–if you don’t want to meet an untimely end, don’t hang around with terrorists.

DrMagnolias on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I can’t imagine that the anti-war left will stand quietly for much longer

I’m sure there will be some that will speak up, but let’s face it, it was never so much “anti-war” as it was “anti-Bush.” Otherwise, we would have been hearing from them loud and clear since Obama hasn’t done much different from Bush’s polices regarding the wars (except add a 3rd one into the mix, and there are still “anti-war” crickets over that)

DrAllecon on May 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Too much of this story is being told. It should be kept secret to spook the Bin Ladens of the future.

Anyone living with Bin Laden was an enemy if they were killed–even they just agreed to be a housekeeper on Sunday. Their death is not tragedy, and no one should listen to anti-war group’s whining.

thuja on May 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Wonder why they are having such a hard time getting the story straight?

Socmodfiscon on May 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Once the ME learns that WH has been making up part of story the good in story will be worthless. They’ll just jam it into their big conspiracy machine and there goes any advantage that might have been accorded us/the west for relieving over-rated mod muslims, and world, of Osama.

He’ll always be Osama to me… ;-)

Shivas Irons on May 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

John Brennan is a bigger drama queen than Geraldo Rivera; you have to take everything he says with a grain of salt.

BKeyser on May 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Does anyone else find it a bit strange that this administration can’t even give us a set of facts correctly when it involves a 45 minute raid that was recorded? It’s like they are so used to lying that the truth is difficult.

Vashta.Nerada on May 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Personally, I think they need to shut up about this already. They are starting to look like the idiots that they are.

sheesh on May 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

It’s what they do best. They can’t help but thump their chests, and brag. Eventually it will do them in.

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

This is a Public Relations nightmare.

Why change the story?

This is a historic news story… You think you would have professionals working in the White House.

tetriskid on May 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

It’s amazing that they cant publish it correct the first time. There were no rush.

the_nile on May 3, 2011 at 1:35 PM

We shot an unarmed man? This story has more discrepancies than the BC story. You’d think they would get the story straight before rushing to be on TV. How much are we paying Brennan anyway.

Kissmygrits on May 3, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Where is Mrs Bin Laden?

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Which one?

ProfessorMiao on May 3, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I can’t imagine that the anti-war left will stand quietly for much longer while President Obama does a victory lap for snuffing an unarmed old man

You are making a classical conservative error. There is no such thing as the anti-war left. There is an anti-American left. They are only anti-war when a Republican is in charge of the war. When a Dem is in charge it’s all fine and good.

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

This is turning into Obama’s Jessica Lynch. In fact this worse. With Lynch, it was reporters using ‘anonymous’ sources. This time it is named administration members.

BohicaTwentyTwo on May 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

From Cheney’s Secret Assassination Squad to Obama’s Super-Awesome Cleanup Crew.

Still wonder why Obama & Co. were so quick to announce all this. Why not first act on the intelligence gathered rather than telegraph to them: “Run! We know where you are!”

albill on May 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Liberals…..they have one PR boon, and they’re butchering it already. Gotta love it.

search4truth on May 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Can’t waterboard him, but a couple of “taps” to his head works…kill at the first opportunity would have been the correct call, after all our civil courts are already overbooked..

right2bright on May 3, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Tsk. Tsk. Shame on all of you. Why you’re acting just like leftards, except you’re uh, stating facts. How dare you! Don’t you know pointing out Obama’s incompetance will only hurt our side.

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Sounds like someone is setting up a case for charging the SEALS with murder. With Obama and Holder, that is a distinct possibility. Throw in John Kerry and it is almost sure to devolve that that.

MikeA on May 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Man, He single-handedly takes out OBL and they still wouldn’t let him sit at the adult table….

jcrue on May 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I found this odd on Sunday night. Why didn’t they just get their stories straight and go on Monday morning?
Incompetence and ego.
Andd maybe Donald Trump. Who knows but certainly not smart power but nothing new about that.

ORconservative on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I might be one of the only people on this site who is really, really uncofortable with having gone in there and essentially murdering him. I know, I know, he murdered thousands (and why is no one mentioning the USS Cole in this? Or the first Tower attack?)

BUt to essentially go in and kill him, when he’s not armed (and I’m guessing his resistance was somewhat in quotation marks –but that’s a guess) makes me very, very uncomfortable. How are we better than he?

lizzieillinois on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Does anyone else find it a bit strange that this administration can’t even give us a set of facts correctly when it involves a 45 minute raid that was recorded? It’s like they are so used to lying that the truth is difficult.

Vashta.Nerada on May 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

It could be that the order was to kill him , but they wanted to give first impression it was a fight and they asked him to surrender. Target killings are evil Bush and Israel stuff, wont please the base and the world opinion…

the_nile on May 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

The picture: the good news – Valerie Jarrett wasn’t in the room.
The odd news: Anyone notice that the O-man was the only person in the room wearing golf clothing? Odd.

MayorDaley on May 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Holder should immediately hold an investigation into excessive force by the Navy Seals…

right2bright on May 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I was worried this would translate into big numbers for THE WON. Looks like those fears were for naught.

As these lies handed out by the WH continue, the polling will be even worse.

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM

It took me over $52 to fill my tank this weekend. The death of OBL, while great news for the country, doesn’t change that. And it’s only gonna get worse…

ladyingray on May 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM

All I have to say is “how do you ____ that up?!”

ElectricPhase on May 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM

This is just the beginning of the “narratives” we are about to hear.

Failtards.

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

We needed to simply make him vanish and shut up about it.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Tsk. Tsk. Shame on all of you. Why you’re acting just like leftards, except you’re uh, stating facts. How dare you! Don’t you know pointing out Obama’s incompetance will only hurt our side.

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

At least, that’s what Trolls like Bruti and Bradky have been saying…

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Crap that WH photo blinded me with its whiteness.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Part of me wishes we could catch him and he would die in Gitmo, not a martyr at the hands of the US, but old and abandoned from nothing but time. But then that seems to be how he lived.

A curiosity in me wants to know how it happened in the end, the real story and not the ever changing evolutions of the day.

But doesn’t an assassination violate the sacred executive order made by Jimmy Carter? When will the left get outraged!

amazingmets on May 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM

You are making a classical conservative error. There is no such thing as the anti-war left. There is an anti-American left. They are only anti-war when a Republican is in charge of the war. When a Dem is in charge it’s all fine and good.

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

You are exactly right. And a good thing too, because if they went after Obama for giving a kill order, I would have to (gasp!) defend Obama.

el gordo on May 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

How old was OBL?

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

He was only 54, snuffing the lives of thousands takes a toll. Look what happened to Voldemort.

msmveritas on May 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

How are we better than he?

lizzieillinois on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

We are better because we don’t murder innocents with deliberation. Do you think he is an innocent?

sharrukin on May 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

So obama ordered an assination?

imagine that…

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

If Scooter uses his appearance at Ground Zero thursday to reach out to the Muslim World, instead of standing up for America, his poll numbers may reach negative numbers.

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

It is going to get real interesting if these Navy Seals find themselves in the cross-hairs of the liberal, bed wetters for killing an unarmed man. What will Holder do? We know Obama will throw them under the bus.

bopbottle on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Obama produced a written order; the SEALs can’t go under the bus without taking Obama with them.

ProfessorMiao on May 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Even if he didn’t have a gun, there are other ways for someone like him to do damage. He could set off a suicide bomb. And if he wouldn’t show his hands, they’d probably have to assume he was holding a trigger switch.

RBMN on May 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Well, the left skewered Bush/Rumsfeld/Cheney/USMIL regarding the facts about the PFC Jessica Lynch rescue: Operation Restore Freedom. The left was up in arms about how we rolled in there with the pimp hand strong and there was no resistance in around An Nasiriyah hospital. They said we used it as propaganda, in order to score a political victory. Wise bloggers would go back to May 1 2003 and see how the left responded to THAT special operations mission, that also involved SEAL Team 6, and evaluate the spin from there. I would hazard to predict that at least 1 of the ST6 operators was present on target for both missions.

ted c on May 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

It’s amazing that they cant publish it correct the first time. There were no rush.

the_nile on May 3, 2011 at 1:35 PM

The problem is that “they” didn’t publish any kind of detailed account. Instead over the past 36 hours different witnesses have given their own accounts, and witness testimony is notoriously unreliable.

ProfessorMiao on May 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM

So the President lied?

SHOCKER!

/

jawkneemusic on May 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder defended as lawful on Tuesday the U.S. operation to go into Pakistan that resulted in the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the taking of his body.

Okay to go to Pakistan go kill, but don’t let Jan Brewer protect her border from illegal entry…

right2bright on May 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Pfc. Jessica Lynch Isn’t Rambo Anymore
By FRANK RICH
Published: November 09, 2003

AH, the dazzling pyrotechnics of ”shock and awe.” The finality of the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue. The thrill of that re-enactment of ”Top Gun.” The sense of closure provided by the banner reading ”Mission Accomplished.” Like all wars of the TV age, the war in Iraq is not just a clash of armies, but a succession of iconic images. Those who control the images, and the narratives they encapsulate, control history. At least until a new reality crashes in.

Few of this war’s images have had such longevity or proven more pliable than that of the smiling face of Pfc. Jessica Lynch. In the seven months of virtual silence since her rescue from a Nasiriya hospital, she has become the Mona Lisa of ”Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Americans have been able to read into her pleasant but unrevealing snapshot whatever story they choose. Those stories, usually imposed on her by others, have become a Rorschach test for homefront mood swings.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/09/arts/pfc-jessica-lynch-isn-t-rambo-anymore.html

ted c on May 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM

BUt to essentially go in and kill him, when he’s not armed (and I’m guessing his resistance was somewhat in quotation marks –but that’s a guess) makes me very, very uncomfortable. How are we better than he?

lizzieillinois on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

You are an idiot…nothing personal, that’s just who you are.

right2bright on May 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Let’s be clear:

The only way leftist Barack Obama could be saved (temporarily) from the pits of unpopularity to which his incompetence and corruption consigned him was by killing a high profile terrorist target using “Dick Cheney’s personal assassination squad.”*

Come on, Leftists — you’ve got to appreciate the irony.

*Stephen Colbert

rrpjr on May 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I might be one of the only people on this site who is really, really uncofortable with having gone in there and essentially murdering him. I know, I know, he murdered thousands (and why is no one mentioning the USS Cole in this? Or the first Tower attack?)

BUt to essentially go in and kill him, when he’s not armed (and I’m guessing his resistance was somewhat in quotation marks –but that’s a guess) makes me very, very uncomfortable. How are we better than he?

lizzieillinois on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

You’re joking, right?

ProfessorMiao on May 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Jessica Lynch disputes army account of dramatic rescue

New York Times

In her first public statements since her rescue in Iraq, Jessica Lynch criticized the military for exaggerating accounts of her rescue and recasting her ordeal as a patriotic fable.

Asked by the ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer if the military’s portrayal of the rescue bothered her, Lynch said: “Yeah, it does. It does that they used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff. Yeah, it’s wrong,” according to a partial transcript of the interview to be broadcast on Tuesday.

After months of retreating from the news media, Lynch will be a ubiquitous presence next week. In addition to her appearance on ABC’s “Primetime,” she will be on the cover of Time magazine, and NBC will broadcast a movie based on an Iraqi’s account of her ordeal.

On Tuesday, the book publisher Knopf will release an account of her experience, “I Am a Soldier, Too,” written with her cooperation by a former reporter for The New York Times, Rick Bragg.

The book has already added another lurid indignity to the public accounts of her capture. The book reports that Lynch’s military doctors found injuries consistent with sexual assault but unlikely to have resulted from the Humvee crash that caused for her other wounds, suggesting that she was raped after her capture.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/071103lynchdisputes.html

ted c on May 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

When does the left/media start screaming that Obama is a war criminal? I’m waiting…

Alibali on May 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Do not underestimate the media and left’s ability to completely ignore the “Assassination of an unarmed man” theme that they so much accused Bush and Cheney of wanting to do with binLaden.

albill on May 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM

John Brennan is a bigger drama queen than Geraldo Rivera; you have to take everything he says with a grain of salt.

BKeyser on May 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Truer words…

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM

THE MAKING OF A MYTH

It may never be known for sure who leaked the “news” to the Washington POST that PFC Lynch – now discharged from the Army with a million dollar book deal and lucrative offers of TV movies – fought like an Amazon against attacking enemy soldiers during an ambush of the convoy she was riding in March 22 near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

If Pentagon “spinmeisters” concocted the tale to please “women in combat” proponents, it worked like a charm.

The POST breathlessly reported that 19-year old Jessica had emptied her rifle into the charging horde of enemy troops, finally succumbing when they bayoneted and shot her into submission.

“She was fighting to the death,” the newspaper declared in a stirring account on the front page. Lynch “sustained multiple gunshot wounds” and also was stabbed as “she fought fiercely and shot several enemy soldiers until she ran out of ammunition,” read the purple prose. Why John Wayne couldn’t have done better!

Actually, the native of West Virginia suffered several injuries when the vehicle she was riding in collided with a truck at the beginning of the attack. PFC Lynch didn’t get off a shot.

Even her “rescue” by American forces from a nearby hospital was cast in doubt by a BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION documentary. The BBC claimed the dramatic rescue was “staged like a Hollywood film.”

According to the television report, Jessica was well cared for and the Iraqi guards had disappeared long before U.S. forces stormed the hospital compound firing “blanks” and “liberating” the injured soldier.

http://www.militarycorruption.com/PFCLynch.htm

ted c on May 3, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Lizzie, who cares if we are “better” than he. You have to understand the enemy. In their eyes, we are all infidels and MUST die if we do not submit to Islam. They will KILL YOU at the first opportunity. And because you are a woman, they won’t kill you until after they have brutally gang raped you. Go ask that journalist who was in Cairo how that works.

Therefore, since this is the mission of this enemy, I absolutely NO problem with our navy seals popping this guy, gun or no gun, fight or no fight. I am totally offended that they gave him a muslim burial. He never allowed his victims the same courtesy. We have almost 1100 NYC 9/11 families who didn’t even get a small piece of their loved one back to give them a burial and closure.

In my opinion, we were too kind to binladen in his last minutes on this planet.

karenhasfreedom on May 3, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Some one lied. That was not the time.

pat on May 3, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Ch-ch-ch-Chia!

UltimateBob on May 3, 2011 at 1:52 PM

How are we better than he?

lizzieillinois on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Wars against terrorists are not won by being “better than he.” Wars agaisnt terrorists are won by more brutal than he. I wouldn’t care if they amputated his scrotum, dried it in the hot sun and used it for a tobacco pouch.

sdd on May 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM

BUt to essentially go in and kill him, when he’s not armed (and I’m guessing his resistance was somewhat in quotation marks –but that’s a guess) makes me very, very uncomfortable. How are we better than he?

lizzieillinois on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

This man masterminded the worst Islamic Terrorist attack on US soil…ever. 3,000 innocent people are dead. If we brought him in alive, Obama and Holder would put on a dog and pony show trial,probably featuring lawyers from Holders old law firm, the likes of which the world has never seen, bringing the danger of reprisal in an even greater way to our shores and making bin Laden a celebrated martyr, given a soapbox to spew his filthy ideology. That Satanic-driven Mass Murderer got exactly what he deserved.

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Special Ops troops (remember, we keep calling these guys SEALS, and I assume that’s correct, as their day job — but they were under the command of the JSOC) have (reportedly) died in that area of the world doing very much the same thing, for years. And, whether right or wrong, no matter what one or another might think of the actions of the JSOC, there need be no concern that the specific soldier(s) who tapped out OBL will be prosecuted, by an international court, a Pakistani court or a U.S. Court, for one simple reason.

They don’t exist.

IndieDogg on May 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM

right2bright on May 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Well said. Not to mention “Gunrunner.”

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t read about too many islamofacist matyrs. Once dead, they appear to be forgotten. In Israel, the attacks are to free live terrorists – not dead ones.

Blake on May 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

The picture: the good news – Valerie Jarrett wasn’t in the room.
The odd news: Anyone notice that the O-man was the only person in the room wearing golf clothing? Odd.

MayorDaley on May 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

What is he wearing? Is that golf clothes?

Alana on May 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Little story catching on…

“Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid having one.”

Seven Percent Solution on May 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I wouldn’t care if they amputated his scrotum, dried it in the hot sun and used it for a tobacco pouch.

sdd on May 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Now THAT would be a dandy souvenir from the siege. Can you imagine the bragging rights?

UltimateBob on May 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I typed “who’s next” in a google search. There are any number of unseemly cowards left just waiting to take his place and move the jihad forward. We have a long, long journey ahead.

I’m glad our military completed the mission they were given successfully and without casualties or injuries. I don’t know if targeted assassinations is something our country wants to get in the practice of doing, but then we’re not dealing with a normal type of enemy nowadays, either. What else would you do with a guy like OBL? Put him in GITMO and have him sit for decades while every country second guesses what rights he should have?

I do find it kind of disturbing that people are partying in the streets celebrating a man getting shot in the face and dumped in the sea. That’s freaky.

scalleywag on May 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Alana, Rush talked about Obama’s attire earlier on his show today. Apparently they hauled him off the golf course and someone belated put the jacket on him for the photo.

karenhasfreedom on May 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Little story catching on…

“Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid having one.”

Seven Percent Solution on May 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Only one person in that room looks smaller or more inconsequential than Obama, and that’s a girl in the back.

Alana on May 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Or hire somebody who understands public relations.

Seriously.

These people are complete morons.

tetriskid on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Just a bit funny that these people are blowing the biggest positive PR boost they could give themselves but par for the course, really.

They are who they are.

catmman on May 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Thanks, Karen. wow.

Alana on May 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Any doubts I have about the operation, it seems like they’re saying they wanted to catch him alive, but never had any intention of doing so, aren’t enough for me to not get pissed off when the UN, Pakistan and European Papers are complaining.

The mere fact that he’s been hiding for years is enough reason to be distrustful of Pakistan.

The UN should think about ways to get its members to stop combating terrorism then asking the US to report on the death of a man who plots mass-murders.

European papers seem to just like complaining. Frankly, I’m waiting for them to culturally boycott the US (like some do Israel), so I don’t have to see what they write.

amazingmets on May 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Question.

I just read MM’s article on this subject. She reminded that Brennan was in the same room as Obama, Biden, Clinton and others, and saw what they saw.

So if the narrative is changing, after Brennans briefing…could we now define this more as a cover up? Obviously what happened, happened, with many watching. Yet some are saying it happened this way, and another saying it happened that way. Who’s lying?

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM

If the house is so close to the Pakistani verson of West Point, you’d think someone would be monitoring incoming aircraft to the area, no?

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

The story I heard, is that helicopters are constantly flying to and fro from there, and the other military installations. Someone on the ground wouldn’t give a second glance at a few more buzzing around.

Rebar on May 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Jeez…Barry and the Dems seem to be having such a hard time milking this bull, considering all their experience doing just that.

Christien on May 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Personally, I think they need to shut up about this already. They are starting to look like the idiots that they are.

sheesh on May 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

The Left lies, always. It is pathological. They will lie when the truth would serve them better. They will lie, then change the lie when they have a lie they think sounds better. All you have to do is pay attention to them long enough and this will become obvious.

PakviRoti on May 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM

How old was OBL? capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

In dog years, seven.

In pig years, eight.

Akzed on May 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM

I don’t care if he was armed, unarmed, surrendering, not surrendering – it was right and proper to kill him. I have no problem with that at all.

Monkeytoe on May 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM

How are we better than he?

lizzieillinois on May 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Because we didn’t fly planes full of hijacked civilians into Islamabad.

We didn’t encourage suicide mombers to kill innocents at embassies.

We don’t encourage children to martyr themselves.

We don’t hide behind human shields.

Do I really need to go on?

catmman on May 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Only one person in that room looks smaller or more inconsequential than Obama, and that’s a girl in the back.

Alana on May 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

That…

… and Obowma’s track record makes the story so believable.

Seven Percent Solution on May 3, 2011 at 2:06 PM

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