Obama Won’t Release Death Photos


President Obama won’t release the photos of Osama Bin Laden taken after he was shot in the face. Personally, I don’t really want to see them, but I can understand why some people do. And the reason for not releasing them is pretty lame, since the Islamo-fascists are always enraged with us, no matter what we do.

In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes” conducted today, President Obama said he won’t release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death.

It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool,” said the president.

We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Mr. Obama added. “The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received.”

He didn’t waste much time trotting out in front of the microphones Sunday night to declare victory, or schedule the first trip to Ground Zero of his presidency to run a victory lap. He’ll just do so sans trophy.

A number of conservative bloggers are disgusted with the decision, and with House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers for agreeing with the decision.

More reaction can be found at memeorandum.

Update: The Other McCain has more, including this quote from Mike Rogers, via ABC News. I heard Rogers say something similar this morning on Fox News.

“If you’re a sergeant in a town in Ghazni, Afghanistan and you’re trying to get some local elder to cooperate about what’s happening in your village, are you going to do it if this inflames into some kind of trophy — we have a trophy of Osama bin Laden? I worry about that,” Rogers told [George Stephanopoulos]. “And if we can’t answer for sure and for certain this doesn’t make the job of that soldier easier, if it makes it harder, I say it’s not worth it.”

Update 2: Rush Limbaugh said the photo story is a distraction from the worsening economy (which is true) and that maybe Donald Trump can get Obama to release the photos. And Reuters has photos of some of the other dead guys at the Osama compound, in case you want to see some dead terrorists.