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WH ‘Rows Back’ Wife/Human Shield Claim

From the Agence France-Presse:

White House U-turn on bin Laden human shield claim

Mon May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House rowed back on a claim made earlier that a wife of Osama bin Laden acted as a human shield in an unsuccessful bid to save the Al-Qaeda leader’s life.

"Rowed back"? Are they all in the same boat?

Counter-terrorism official John Brennan had briefed reporters from information that was later updated as more people involved in the operation were interviewed, a senior White House official said.

Bin Laden, who was killed in a raid by US special forces, was with a woman who was wounded, while another woman was also killed in a different part of the house in crossfire, said the official.

The White House is balancing the demand to brief the media quickly while knowing that the fact pattern will get clearer over time, said the official.

Brennan said earlier Monday that a female at the compound in Pakistan who "was, in fact, in the line of fire that reportedly was used as a shield to shield bin Laden from the incoming fire."

Pressed on reports the woman shot dead by Navy SEALs during a firefight at a compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan was one of bin Laden’s four wives, Brennan told the White House briefing: "That’s my understanding."

Brennan had said it was not entirely clear "whether or not bin Laden or the son or whatever put her there or she put herself there" or whether the Al-Qaeda chief himself fired rounds during the exchange

We don’t understand why the Obama administration is in such a hurry to put out misinformation such as this. Won’t this rile up the ‘Arab Street’ and inspire more terrorist recruits?

Meanwhile, the White House was so concerned about respecting all of the Muslim pieties when it comes to dealing with Bin Laden’s corpse. And they are still refusing to release any photos of his body. Why?

It doesn’t make any sense. But so many of their actions don’t.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “WH ‘Rows Back’ Wife/Human Shield Claim”

  1. heykev

    We should not have given him a proper Mooselimb burial.

    His body should have been brought to the nearest hog farm and made into food for them. This mass murder does not deserve a proper burial.

  2. GetBackJack

    Everything about the “legend” the White House is trying to spin about this operation has a Jessica Lynch-ing quality to it.

    Two UH 60 Blackhawks totaling 20 snake eaters. Man, that’s a REALLY tight fit to begin with. That’s MAXIMUM payload with fuel, guns, men and crew. Then a chopper goes down (shot, RPG, malfunctioned, stalled, fairy dust, meteorite strike, lots of stories why) and that leaves … OFFICIALLY …. only one Hawk to extract our operators.

    20 men, gear, intel haul, AND bin Laden’s rapidly cooling corpse? In one chopper?

    I’m guffawing over here. Yeah, you could stuff what much into a clown car because SEALs always train midgets for their especial work, but that chopper would sit there spinning its rotating wing till hell froze over.

    We appear to have amateur wiener lovers in charge of ‘splaing what Real Men do in military operations.




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