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America Needed Proof . . . That It Now Cannot See


Good thing we sent in the Navy SEALs and didn’t just bomb Osama bin Laden’s house; we needed tangible proof of his death.

ABC News, May 2:

Sources tell ABC News that in March President Obama authorized the development of a plan for the U.S. to bomb Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound with two B2 stealth bombers dropping a few dozen 2,000-pound JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions) on the compound.

But when the president heard the compound would be reduced to rubble he chose not to pursue that option.

That would mean there would be no evidence bin Laden was dead to present to the world — no DNA evidence, as the administration anticipates it will have.

Plus all 22 people in the compound including women and children, plus likely many neighbors would be killed.

The president wanted proof. And he wanted to minimize collateral damage.

So instead the president authorized this incredibly daring and difficult operation, scheduled for a time of “low loom” — little moon luminosity — so the US helicopters could enter into Pakistan low to the ground and undetected.

Now we have that tangible proof . . . and our president believes no one should ever see it.

Apparently there was some quietly murmured caveat from the president: “We need the evidence of Osama’s death to show to the world — but not if it’s going to upset anyone!”

Tags: Barack Obama


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