Why the Obama Administration is debating releasing the photos of bin Laden’s dead body is a mystery to me.
First, there has already been a precedent for releasing photos of dead insurgents and terrorists. After all, President Bush readily released the gruesome photos of Saddam Hussein’s sons’ corpses. He also released photos of the terrorist mastermind, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Second, due to the circumstances of bin Laden’s hasty burial at sea, there is a tiny seed of doubt among some cynical Americans that the Obama Administration fabricated this news to improve his prospects for reelection.
I do not believe this to be the case, but others do. The longer the President delays releasing the photos, the more this movement will grow.
The President should end all doubt and publish the bin Laden photos immediately.