Should the President release photos of Bin Laden?

By Tom Quiner

President Obama has announced that he is not going to release photos of the gravely wounded Osama Bin Laden.

Reports indicate that they are graphic and gruesome. I support the President and trust his judgement on this call.

Sarah Palin is taking the President to task on this issue on Twitter:

“Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it’s part of the mission.”

I think a one decade pursuit of Mr. Bin Laden sufficiently reveals American resolve.

House Speaker, John Boehner, supports the President as does New York Congressman, Peter King, who is the Republican Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee:

“I understand the president’s decision and will not oppose it. While I have said that a photo release may be a good way to combat the predictable conspiracy theories about bin Laden’s death, this is a decision for the president to make, and I respect his decision.”

Let’s face it, conspiracy theories will abound whatever decision President Obama makes. Some will say the photos are faked. There are already fake photos of a bloodied Bin Laden on the web.

Let’s not unnecessarily titillate the masses with gore. The American culture already gets enough of it from Hollywood.


  1. Nick on May 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Great post. Couldn’t agree more.

  2. Monte B. Gray on May 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I agree. The terrorists released enough gruesome images of Americans burned and hung from light posts. I would like to think we are above that type of display. I never have believed we should stoop to the level of our enemies. That also includes the use of torture.