I agree with Gates and Hillary that no good will come of it. Jim Hoft will probably call it a fraud by using his keen photo shopping skills, and the right-wing crowd will have to prove their manliness in some form or another with other over-the-top nonsense. I would have much rather seen him captured and put on trial ultimately, even with all the extra complications.
UPDATED: Now President Obama confirmed what I hoped he'd do: Obama: I won't release bin Laden death photos
In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday's 60 Minutes, President Obama says he won't release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death.
Video of the comments will appear on the CBS "Evening News" on Wednesday.
Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Wednesday that the Obama administration should not release the gruesome post-The killing of Osama bin Ladenmortem images, saying it could complicate the job for American troops overseas. Rogers told CBS News he has seen a post-mortem photo.
"The risks of release outweigh the benefits," he said. "Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East."
I agree with Atrios -- it's not sad that young people don't know anything about Bin Laden.
I'm not sure why people are surprised and even upset that some teenagers don't know who the hell bin Laden is. Bush said he didn't matter, then we replaced him with Saddam as Hitler of the Week, and then that guy in Iran, and now Ghaddafi. I'm sure for even somewhat aware teens, IraqAndAfghanistanAnd911 are all jumbled up in a confusing nonsensical mess because, you know what? It is a big clusterfuck of a nonsensical mess, with al Qaeda and the Taliban and SaddamHitlerHussein and various #2s and #3s that die off like Spinal Tap drummers, and endless wars with no purpose that anyone, even their advocates, can articulate with any clarity. No one's talked about bin Laden in years.
The kids are fine. It's our elite overlords that are all screwed up.
At seven or ten years old I didn't understand much of anything about the Vietnam War, and if I'd had video games, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, smart phones and Google, I doubt I would have known all that much more as I hit my teens. There was a draft still happening when I became a teenager so that got my attention big time, and I quickly learned as much as I could about that war. And before 2001, movies that were based in NYC almost always showed shots of the Twin Towers -- but not for the last ten years.