Day Three and disinformation continues to cloud events in the town where half the Pakistani Army cannot reach a prominent compound within the hour despite being ten minutes away when a chopper crashes and “an intense firefight” breaks out.
I think today’s updates are: that bin Laden was reaching for a weapon, or maybe not; his daughter alleges he was taken alive before being shot; the CIA boss declares that photographic evidence will be released while Gates and Clinton say no. That they cannot manage a coherent narrative of events totally under the control of the federal government tells you of its ability to manage anything.
The last time SEALs conducted such a high profile raid a young American woman called Jessica Lynch was lying wounded, beaten and at death’s door in an Iraqi hospital. The convoy she’d been travelling in had got into a spot of bother, came under attack and she fought off Iraqi infantry until she ran out of ammunition. At least she managed to hit a few in the meantime. Lying stabbed and in severe mortal danger there was only one option: send in the SEALs for a dramatic rescue and a hero’s return.
So excuse me while I don’t believe everything on command when a bunch of powerful liars tell me to believe even though they have the evidence to back up their claims but will not release it.
UPDATE: Obamses has decided the people cannot take it afterall: no evidence will be released. Wikileaks, over to you.