Thursday, May 5, 2011

In Obama We Trust?

Yesterday, United States President Barack Hussein Obama in a 60 Minutes interview said that he would not be releasing the photos of recently eliminated terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

While most Americans trust President Obama's word that Osama bin Laden was killed, there are those who doubt that the terrorist is really dead. Some say President Obama faked the death in order to gain political advantage. It would be great if everyone felt they could trust the word of President Obama. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In the past, the American people have been faced with political leaders who failed to tell the truth, and they have reason to believe President Obama may be deceiving them.

President Obama's credibility would be stronger were he to say that he was telling the world the truth when he announced Osama bin Laden was killed, and that there is evidence available to back it up. Unfortunately, no hard evidence exists given the decision to dump Osama bin Laden's body at sea. A better way of dealing with Osama's body would have been to bring it to the United States for independent examination and analysis. Then, a decision about disposal of the coward's body could be made. In lieu of having the body, the President should release what evidence does exist, that being the photos of the body and the video of the raid. Additionally, any documentation such as the DNA tests that were run should be released and if there are DNA samples still available, they should be provided to an independent organization for verification.

President Obama could once again prove those who do not believe him wrong as he did last week when he released his long-form birth certificate, putting an end to any argument or legitimacy the "birthers" had. Unfortunately, he has decided to hide evidence and as a result the "deathers" now have can make legitimate claims that there is no proof Osama bin Laden is really dead. It is also factual that there is no evidence that the "deathers" have that proves that Osama bin Laden is alive. Still, one must wonder what happened to the idea that President Obama was going to run the most transparent administration in American history?

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