Morning Mix: Ground Zero, Death Photos and Cinco De Mayo
President Barack Obama will be visiting the Ground Zero site today to lay a wreath, closing the chapter on the post 9-11 period of American history, but will that have any real effect on the landscape of America? The potential of aftermath attacks is being used as a reason to spend even more money on national security now that bin Laden is gone.
Now, as we are slowly learning what this new world without bin Laden is like, imagine how different the last decade would have been if the Bush administration had taken the Taliban up on any of their offers to give us the terrorist back in 2001. But there’s no point in playing “what would have been?” It’s over now, with the help of an “anchor baby” and a bomb sniffing dog.
Still, the political snipping between parties will continue. The newest target? Releasing the “death photo” to the public to prove bin Laden is really dead. Sarah Palin is saying the president is “pussy footing” around and the photo needs to be seen as closure. Sen. Lindsay Graham agrees, saying it would provide “indisputable proof” of his death (because that worked so well with the birth certificate?) Obama has responded to critics, saying “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies…We don’t need to spike the football, and I think that, given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk.” Somehow, a photo is making its way through Congress anyway, so it will likely end up leaked soon.
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