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The "Embarrassment" Of Killing Osama

October 06, 2011 10:00 am ET by Simon Maloy

I've spent a good chunk of this week arguing that Judicial Watch, the right-wing "good government" watchdog, is actually a collection of hackish partisans who use their watchdog status as a fig leaf for fabricating counterfactual anti-Obama narratives.

But I'm tired of doing that. So instead, I'll let Judicial Watch do it for me.

Here's Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton arguing, in all seriousness, that the Obama administration refuses to release the photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse because they are "embarrassed" by "our victory."

FOIA is a disclosure statute, and the public has an affirmative right to know.  We're not after legitimate secrets related to operational or intelligence matters.  But the historical record of Osama bin Laden's death should be released to the American people as the law requires.

I get the feeling that the Obama administration doesn't want to release these photos because it is embarrassed both by our victory in killing bin Laden and the preposterous burial at sea.

As I've pointed out previously, the Obama administration has no problem releasing documents that the left thinks will embarrass the United States -- say, for example, Obama's selective release of documents disparaging "enhanced interrogation techniques" over the objections of his own national security officials.  But when it comes to documents that show the heroism of our military?  No deal.

Embarrassed...

He killed Osama bin Laden.

He instructed Leon Panetta to revamp and refocus the CIA's hunt for Bin Laden, ordered the high-risk military action that took out the Al Qaeda chief, monitored the assault from the White House situation room, delivered a national address announcing Bin Laden's death, thanked the military for their role in the successful operation, and thanked the intelligence community for hunting Bin Laden down.

And all this was done with an overriding sense of shame?

I have to wonder if Tom Fitton is even capable of recognizing embarrassment when he sees it. Only someone incapable of feeling any shame would make an argument this foolish.

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    • Author by teh.stoopid.lib (October 06, 2011 10:06 am ET)
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      Wish I could still post the picture of the "WTF? cat".
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    • Author by m.welker (October 06, 2011 10:08 am ET)
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      Wow. He must have been high to come up with this theory:

      Obama is embarrassed at one of his most unquestionable accomplishments as president.

      Jesus of F**king Christland.
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      • Author by progressivevoicedaily (October 06, 2011 10:28 am ET)
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        If the truth about the right wing was actually exposed, the motives shined bright, their destructive policies discussed rationally, they would no longer be a national party. Only about 25% of the country takes this hard right wing nutjob line. The problem is the so called MSM won't tell the American public what the right wing actually wants to do to this country.
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        • Author by dogbreath (October 06, 2011 10:39 am ET)
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          The frightening thing is that the 25% figure is so high. I just simply amazes me that people listen to this kind of tripe without questioning its validity or its source. The fact that so many Americans have literally become fricken' sheep is absolutely stunning.
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        • Author by nerzog (October 06, 2011 12:01 pm ET)
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          The "Liberal Media" have been asleep at the wheel for some time now... at least since 9/11, and probably longer. I'm not sure why, but it may have something to do with their Corporate ownership.
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    • Author by Turkeysocks (October 06, 2011 10:11 am ET)
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      Ya know, the Republicans can't stand that it was Obama who got bin Laden. They have been trying to paint this as an embarrassment to the Obama administration the moment it became public.

      They went from saying killing him was unethical, to he wasn't really "killed" because they refuse to release pictures. Now to "Oh, this is an embarrassment to the administration".

      It's whatever makes our president look weak and pathetic.

      I remember when these same people/groups would scream how un-patriotic and un-American people are for even having the audacity to question our good President Bush for ANYTHING. Heck, we didn't have to question, just give him a "bad" look.

      Whatever happened to that "You have to stick by your president" attitude they used to have?
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      • Author by m.welker (October 06, 2011 10:16 am ET)
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        I remember being called a f**got for being against the war in Iraq. Of course, I was in high school then, meaning that at this point those people have either recognized the error of their ways, or are interning at Fox News.
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        • Author by Turkeysocks (October 06, 2011 11:14 am ET)
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          Heck, in my government class, we were given randomly selected presidents (the old put a bunch of names on small slips of paper and pick it out of a hat process). I got our "current" president at the time. And proceeded to do an in depth report.

          Which brought up a lot of things, IE did you know Republicans were trying to push for highering areas that were considered to irradiated for human safety? After doing some research I found out that the Republicans who backed it either had connections to businesses which wanted to "commercialize" area's where there was some level of radiation that would have been harmful to people, or they themselves owned land like that.

          I talked about the fact that Cheney released information on an active CIA agent, putting her, those who had collaborated with her, and all missions she had taken part in for the CIA in danger and threatened national security.

          Oh, and also the fact that the administartion leaked information to I think it was either the NYT or Washington POst, and then Cheney cited the paper as a source of evidence that Iraq had WMD's.

          Needless to say, I got boo'ed, death threats, my locker got ripped off it's hinges, my books were ripped and scattered through the halls. The inside of my locker was desecrated by graffiti of "Traitor" "anti-American" "Al Qaeda Lover", and also what you said.

          Oh, and a brick thrown through the back window of my car.

          The school "demanded" I pay for the locker and the books. I told them "I didn't do it, and whoever is responsible should be the ones paying. And if they dare try to hold back my diploma, they'll be hearing from my lawyer. I got my diploma, and I never had to pay.

          That is a representation of the actions of MANY on the right. You question their ideology, once they run out of talking points, they'll get physical.
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          • Author by okiepoli (October 06, 2011 1:09 pm ET)
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            You should look into David Neiwert's Book "The Eliminationists." I think you will find it interesting.
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      • Author by galmud (October 06, 2011 10:38 am ET)
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        It's whatever makes our president look weak and pathetic.


        Yes. But it only makes themselves look weak and pathetic
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      • Author by NotSure8 (October 07, 2011 12:48 pm ET)
           
        They went from saying killing him was unethical, to he wasn't really "killed" because they refuse to release pictures. Now to "Oh, this is an embarrassment to the administration".

        You left out the part where they gave credit to Bush.
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    • Author by AB-001 (October 06, 2011 10:11 am ET)
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      Thus a talking point is born. Expect to see a version of this idea coming from the usual suspects within the next few days.
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    • Author by epkklk851 (October 06, 2011 10:18 am ET)
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      I remember being in a restaurant in Flagstaff when CNN showed the pictures of Uday and Qusay Hussein, both photos, their bodies as they died, and then the later, cleaned up version. It was macabre as far as I was concerned. I remember seeing pictures of the dead Dalton gang, and some dead gangsters. Why do we need to see this? Even the radical world has admitted that the U.S. killed him, can't we move on from there? And given how TeaCons have reacted to Obama's birth certificates, long and short, what difference will it make? Will it make Bin Laden any less dead? Will it offend some of his followers and incite more violence? Unlike Judicial Watch, I trust the SEALs.
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      • Author by dogbreath (October 06, 2011 10:41 am ET)
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        I agree epkk. SEALS don't lie. They are the finest and bravest of all Americans. Period. End of story.
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      • Author by foghornleghorn (October 06, 2011 12:08 pm ET)
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        Let's compare, shall we: Where was the outcry from the right when Bush Jr. banned the publishing of photos of the coffins of our dead soldiers being flown into Dover AFB?
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    • Author by MidnightWriter (October 06, 2011 10:52 am ET)
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      Hmmm. Which rings more true?

      I, as President of the United States, was just too embarrassed by the shooting death of a terrorist leader that I had promised to hunt down and kill. That's why I can't bring myself to release the photos.

      -or-

      I, as Vice President of the United States, was just too embarrassed about my shooting a friend in the face during a hunting trip. That's why I could bring myself to report this accident to authorities as required by law until well after a time that coincidentally would have allowed my liver to flush all traces of alcohol out of my system.

      Shouldn't anyone attempting to push such ridiculous arguments be, well, embarrassed?
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      • Author by nerzog (October 06, 2011 12:05 pm ET)
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        Can you imagine the Flying Monkey Screechfest if Joe Biden did exactly what Cheney did in that incident?
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    • Author by Aeval (October 07, 2011 3:01 am ET)
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      I get the feeling that the Obama administration doesn't want to release these photos because it is embarrassed both by our victory in killing bin Laden and the preposterous burial at sea.
      I believe this a classical case of projection, in fact Tom Fitton and the rest of right wingers are embarrased that the "victory in killing bin Laden" was achieved during President Obama's presidency, and not during Bush presidency.
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