Obama Narrative on Osama Changes

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The White House is walking back key claims about the moment US Navy SEALS reached Osama bin Laden and killed him.

From Politico:

“The White House backed away Monday evening from key details in its narrative about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, including claims by senior U.S. officials that the Al Qaeda leader had a weapon and may have fired it during a gun battle with U.S. forces. Officials also retreated from claims that one of bin Laden’s wives was killed in the raid and that bin Laden was using her as a human shield before she was shot by U.S. forces.”

Why has the Obama administration gotten off message so soon? Don’t they realize they’re making it ridiculously easy for the conspiracy theorists?

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11 Responses to Obama Narrative on Osama Changes

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Have you seen the You Tube interview with Benazir Bhutto? Before she was killed by the Pakistani government, she claimed Osama bin Laden died in 2003. Conspiracy loons are using this video and President Obama’s evolving story about what really happened at bin Laden’s compound as proof, there’s something fishy in the Obama White House.

  2. Walk on Socks says:

    This is huge.

    To first say Osama bin Laden used his wife as a human shield and then dial it back and say it never happened suggests they’re not sure if bin Laden was even killed in the first place?

    President Obama’s team needs to be much more careful about facts.

  3. feminazi says:

    The mantra I keep hearing from the right is, “torture works.” I thought the U.S. learned of Osama’s location as the result of monitored phone call from a Kuwaiti courier who worked for Osama? I am missing something here? Why does the right always credit torture for results? Torture has long been discredited because when you’re in pain, you will tell the torturer anything to make it stop.

  4. Massagatto says:

    Dear Feminazi. You ask what you are missing?

    You aren’t missing a thing. You see, President Obama HAD TO CATCH AND KILL the 9/11 mastermind because his poll numbers had FALLEN TO BUSH’S LEVEL.


    JOBS? Obama has done little other than add to the FEDERAL PAYROLL

    GAS PRICES? Obama invasion of Libya is pushing gas to $5 a gallon and it MAY VERY WELL REACH $7 A GALLON BY JULY 4


    Will the voters fall for it? I think NO. You see, Dear Feminazi, Nov 3, 2012 is 19 MONTHS AWAY and we all know Americans have very short memories.

  5. Vivzz says:

    Boa tarde to everyone! Massagatto, why must you always yell? Despite all your screaming you did not address feminazi’s question which is, why does the right embrace torture which we all know is a disproven way to procure information.

  6. Estacada says:

    No one cares what Massagatto says. He’s crazy and I don’t know why Christopher hasn’t banned him. He’s banned everywhere else.

    About the change in narrative. No Drama Obama botched this from the start. All this pussyfooting around releasing the photo of a dead Osama because “we need to be sensitive” is just so much bullshit. Release the damned photo and get on with it.

    The American people are big boys and girls. We can handle it.

  7. Randy Arroyo says:

    Concerns about releasing the photos of a dead Osama bin Laden is over fears about pissing off the Muslims. I say, too damned bad. This guy orchestrated and funded the worst terrorist attack America has ever seen. Team Obama administration owes this nation and the rest of the world, photos of the dead body. Seriously, Obama and his team need to decide where their allegiances lie. With the people of America or the Muslim world.

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  9. Jolly Roger says:

    This bandwagon, I can’t climb on. The details of this kind of an action almost always change, and as often as not it is because of the initial excitement. This is why cops are required to write out reports about their encounters well after the encounter happened.

  10. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Who floated the “Osama used his wife as a human shield” narrative?

    Was it someone in the White House or did it come from the media? I wasn’t home to watch TV Sunday night so I missed hearing the details of the story. I first heard it on Monday morning when I turned on the TV before leaving for work.

  11. ajihani says:

    The woman the Obama administration said was used as a human shield by Osama bin Laden based on a passport found inside the Pakistani compound is 29-year-old Amal Ahmed Abdul Fatah.

    Fatah was shot in the leg and later taken into custody.

    Here’s the bizarre part of the story. Fatah, who is bin Laden’s fifth wife and the only one living with him at the time, had been a “gifted” to the al Qaeda leader from a Yemeni family when she was just a teenager.

    Women as chattel? How quaint.

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