As we observe the one-year anniversary of the eradication of Osama bin Laden, one of history's more notorious and insidious human beings (term loosely assigned), I'm once again curious as to why the American people have not demanded more proof of his demise other than just a picture of the president and his closest advisors gathered around a monitor looking on in horror.
But then I'm reminded that this president isn't just the leader of freedom-loving nations (another term sadly loosely assigned), he's also our "Daddy in Chief." I suppose we're expected to find immense comfort now because it was again reported that "Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan ... says administration will not release images from raid because there's 'no doubt' terror leader is dead, no need to incite 'emotions.'" (April 29, 2012; www.foxnews.com)
"No doubt?" Says who? In this era of instant news, Photoshop and even questions of the legitimacy of Barack H. Obama's birth certificate, who is he or anyone else to withhold images of that terrible day in 2001 when our nation was brought to its knees by this one monstrous man and his ilk? I wonder if only those directly affected by the felling of the Twin Towers, the attack on the Pentagon as well as the heroic taking over of the fourth aircraft that was thwarted by regular Americans were privy to the actual proof during a private showing of the video.
Mr. Obama should well understand that all Americans were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 — not just New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Who doesn't remember the exact moment where they were; what they were doing; and what emotions were stirred when it was displayed on live TV as so many very innocent human beings were murdered?
We're not all children, Mr. Obama. Many of us want to know for sure that at least in this one instance our government isn't trying to pull the wool over our collective eyes (again). Make it our one-year anniversary gift from you. Release the video, Mr. President. We promise we won't go running out the door into oncoming traffic screaming uncontrollably.