Re: The OBL Burial Issue

by Greg Pollowitz

Steven and Shannen, from yesterday’s briefing:

. . . Following the firefight, the noncombatants were moved to a safe location as the damaged helicopter was detonated.  The team departed the scene via helicopter to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea.

Aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the burial of bin Laden was done in conformance with Islamic precepts and practices.  The deceased’s body was washed and then placed in a white sheet.  The body was placed in a weighted bag; a military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker.  After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, and the deceased body eased into the sea.

That’s the narrative that I can provide to you today.

Missing from the narrative issued by Jay Carney yesterday is a big chunk of time that included taking bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan before flying it out to the USS Carl Vinson. Maybe we’ll find out more today.