The media has tiptoed around the issue because, frankly, no one seems to care of Osama Bin Laden was willfully gunned down instead of being given the chance to seek justice.
But at least one commentator, KNX 1070 Newsradio ethics guru Michael Josepson — you know, the guy who makes you feel guilty about tipping, your parents, being truthful — came out and said it today, surprisingly.
Here's what he said:
… How are we going to handle a fact it seems we are pretending not to know – the unarmed bin Ladin [sic] was assassinated in the same way he would have been if we'd dropped a drone missile on his compound?
Reports state that Bin Laden was shot in the head by a member or members of U.S. Navy Seals Team 6 because he appeared to be a threat. He reportedly had an assault-type rifle and a handgun within reaching distance when troops found him in Pakistan this week.
President Obama was said to have given forces the option of killing him — a “capture or kill” order — if they felt threatened.
Josephson is suggesting that perhaps there was a straight-up assassination order that maybe the administration isn't acknowledging. It was, after all, the CIA that developed information about a trusted Bin Laden courier who led them to the compound that housed Bin Laden.
Even if there was an assassination order, we'd probably never hear about it. Although, officially, we're not supposed to be assassinating anyone.
And, indeed, one would have to consider the ramifications of capturing Bin Laden and holding him for a tribunal: What would the reaction be in the Arab world? Would his existence fuel rescue attempts, enrage extremists and fuel further terrorism in the West?
All questions the Obama administration had to consider, for sure.
Josephson, the Debbie Downer of radio, said:
If we are honest and fair-minded enough to objectively sort through masses of real and fake facts and wildly diverging opinions, we can eventually emerge from all this bin Laden- wrought havoc stronger, wiser, and more committed to our democratic and humanitarian principles. I think it's going to be a real test of character.
Uh. Yeah. What he said.