It's disturbing. In the 24 hours following the announcement of Osama's death the definite impression was given that there was an intense fire fight & our assault team, while trying - mostly with success - to avoid shooting noncombatants, shot everyone holding a gun, including Osama, who used one of his wives as a shield (the latter sounded like fiction right off). Then it was revealed that Osama was not armed. Then it came out that only one person, the mysterious "courier," was shooting at our people at all, there wasn't much of a battle & Osama was trapped. So now the operation does come across as a death squad execution, & that is not acceptable. Nor is "enhanced interrogation," doublespeak for torture. I don't mourn Osama. But if we could have captured him at no great risk to our own men, we were morally obliged to do so. I wouldn't have been elated about putting him on trial, which would be a circus, stirring up passions for revenge in us & in bin Laden's supporters. But that's how we're supposed to do it in America; with the law.
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