On the one hand, some amount of clashing details as the story circulates makes sense. This did happen half way across the world, after all. And most of those people relating information to the public were not actually there to see the killing firsthand.
But even so, the multitude of completely contradictory information is becoming overwhelming and even downright embarrassing.
Take for example, stories that:
- Osama bin Laden had a gun. Or he didn’t.
- The terrorist used his wife as a shield… except that it wasn’t his wife… and he didn’t use her at all… and it might have been his daughter… who was or was not shot in the leg.
- President Obama acted immediately when he was informed on bin Laden’s whereabouts, even leaving one of his precious and numerous rounds of golf to do so. Though he also might have waited 16 hours before giving the U.S. strike team permission to do what they did.
- Pakistan didn’t have a clue about Osama bin Laden’s conspicuously well fortified compound located nearby a Pakistani military town. Unless it told us about the building, back in 2009.
- The White House is going to release pictures of the deceased fanatic in a matter of hours. Never mind; that might inflame Muslim sensitivities… even though Osama bin Laden was not a real Muslim according to the Obama administration.
And even beyond the plethora of claims surrounding bin Laden’s death, there are other embarrassments coming out, including the mission’s apparently offensive code name of Geronimo, former President George W. Bush’s refusal to attend a commemorative ceremony at Ground Zero, and the fact that waterboarding – a policy that Obama trashed his predecessor on – was instrumental in locating bin Laden in the first place.
Whatever you think of Obama’s capabilities, you have to at least give him this: Nobody knows how to screw up a victory as elaborately as he does.