Last week – President Obama decided not to release the Bin Laden death photos – but now – the government watchdog group Judicial Watch is not taking "no" for an answer. They filed a Freedom of Information Act Request to force the Department of Defense to release, “all photographs and/or video recordings of Osama (Usama) bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan.” Last night in a 60 Minutes Interview the President assured the nation that Bin Laden was dead – and that we don’t need “spike the football” to prove it because “that’s not who we are.”
But Judicial Watch disagrees – they argue the President’s decision is, “at odds with his promises to make his administration the most transparent in history.” They go on to say his reluctance to ‘spike the football’ is not a lawful reason for withholding these historic public documents from the American people.” While I respect the goal of government transparency – I have to side with the President on this one. George W. Bush released the photos of the guys he killed including Saddam Hussein’s sons and Abu Musab Al Zarqawi – not because he was a fan of transparency – but because he was a fan of brutality and wanted to prove that America could be just as violent as our enemies.
President Obama – on the other hand – is a statesman and knows that brutality isn’t what defines America.