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Think of This as Osama’s Final Photo Op

In the Tuesday Morning Jolt:

This just handed to me: Osama bin Laden is still dead.

He’s Ready For His Close-Up

ABC News’ Jake Tapper tells us that the White House has the photos . . . they’re just trying to decide what to do with them: “The Obama administration has photographs of Osama bin Laden’s dead body and officials are debating what to do with them and whether they should be released to the public, officials tell ABC News. ‘There’s no doubt it’s him,’ says a US official who has seen the pictures and also reminds us that OBL was 6’4”. The argument for releasing them: to ensure that the public knows and can appreciate that he’s dead. There is of course skepticism throughout the world that the US government claim that it killed bin Laden is true.  The argument against releasing the pictures: they’re gruesome. He has a massive head wound above his left eye where he took bullet, with brains and blood visible.”

“9/11 was really, really graphic, too, if I remember right. I say, release the photo,” quips Nice Deb.

Drew M., a contributor at Ace of Spades, reacted to the (pretty dramatic) photo of the President and his senior staff with a groan: “I don’t want to see pics of Obama watching, I wanna see what he was watching. . . . This narcissistic [administration] releases pics of administration figures, not bin Laden dead. It’s not about you Mr. President.”

Over at the Ace of Spades, he adds, “I want a nice high quality copy to use on my computer’s desk top. Oh, he was shot in the chest too. You know the old rule . . . anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.”

Ace himself contemplates the video recorded by the SEALs during the mission at that site: “There is no reason at all this video should not be released. Particularly if it shows this coward hiding behind his wife. Now, I don’t think that will sway the minds of many Islamists — they seem to think women are only good for reproduction (but not pleasure-sex), slavery, and death, but who knows, maybe it would shock some of these people into taking a look at their ugly faces in the mirror. By the way, Hamas, CAIR’s favorite NGO, condemned the slaughter of this rotten pig, calling him a “holy warrior.” Holey, maybe. Ba-dum-dum. Pow-pow.”

The Lonely Conservative contemplates the unthinkable: “I’ve seen some comments that if the photos aren’t released the conspiracy theorists will have a field day. I have to say, it would be terribly risky to claim Bin Laden is dead if he’s not true. All he’d have to do is release a video of himself holding newspapers announcing his death.”

More likely, bin Laden sympathizers could mock-up a photo depicting that, and set off a new round of conspiracy theories among the gullible.

One more reason to release the photos? To get that damn file footage of Osama smiling off my television set. The world must not remember him as he is that endlessly replayed stock footage from the 1990s, smiling, and firing his rifle, and walking among star-struck followers somewhere in Afghanistan. They should remember him cowering behind his wife as the foe he was never prepared for — armed American soldier — closed in, and how his much-touted warrior skills failed him when faced with a real opponent, not unsuspecting civilians on planes or in subways or in skyscrapers.

Apparently it’s possible we’ll see the photo as soon as today, Jake Tapper reports.

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