I feel the need to lead with an obligatory caveat: I am not a journalist, I am not smarter than you, holier than thou, an expert of any kind, or even an infamous internet pundit. So, if any of these are requisite to the gift of your credence, you may leave now. I am just some working guy from Jersey with the same right to an opinion as the rest of you. So, if you choose to read on, you have my gratitude.
Now that the major media dust seems to have settled a bit regarding the execution of the world's most well-known individual since Michael Jackson, what happens next? Certainly details will continue to emerge and change in the coming weeks. However, unless I'm mistaken, it just doesn't seem this conclusion has been as neatly, well, concluded as it should have been.
Firstly, the start to finish, quick official explanation, and lack of visual evidence but for images of a building in Pakistan and a broken helicopter kind of gives me the willies. Couple this with the fact that, as far as timing, it coincides with the kick-off of 'Election 2012' activities and it isn't that hard to see why there is already a loud grumbling from the '9/11 was our fault' types swearing that UBL or OBL (depending on your choice of news outlet) is not really dead.
Frankly, I would be satisfied by a death photo even if it contained some intentional blurring or 'black-boxing' to minimize the gore level for young eyes. Seeing some video would be even more compelling, of course. I don't agree with the logic for not releasing evidence to the public when any child can accidentally flip to any number of true-crime documentary shows on basic cable (in the middle of the day) and see various forms of death. Or, for that matter, they can flip to any music channel and hear or see things almost as inappropriate.
Thus, the choice not to show us the proof is puzzling, to say the least. I can understand why it throws up some red flags and nothing the president has said has done alot to satisfy this American's curiosity or peace of mind.
Lastly, I can't imagine the president's advisors wouldn't have concerns that the decision helps to bolster the platforms of those who would challenge his re-election bid in the coming months. I can already imagine an opponent at the podium during a debate declaring, "I will show the evidence!" to a cheering audience. My suspicion is that this dust will stir for years to come.