The White House has announced that it will not release the death photos of Osama Bin Laden.
While right-wing news outlets have clamored for the photos to be published, as evidence of Bin Laden’s actual death and for their potential use to intimidate other terrorists, others have argued that the photos could inflame anti-American sentiment and endanger U.S. soldiers and civilians living abroad.
In a quote to the press, Obama reportedly made the statement “we don’t trot this stuff out as trophies — that’s not who we are.”
From the AP: “There’s no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden,” the president said in an interview with CBS News. Obama said there was no need to release the photographs or gloat. “There’s no need to spike the football,” he said.
The president said that for anyone who doesn’t believe bin Laden is dead, “we don’t think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference.”
“There are going to be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is you won’t see bin Laden walking on this earth again,” said Obama.
Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, recently tweeted her support to release the photos. Thus, the difference between class and crass.