Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The White House backed away Monday evening from key details in its narrative about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, including claims by senior U.S. officials that the Al Qaeda leader had a weapon and may have fired it during a gun battle with U.S. forces.
Officials also retreated from claims that one of bin Laden’s wives was killed in the raid and that bin Laden was using her as a human shield before she was shot by U.S. forces.
The initial narrative is so full of holes the Titanic was watertight in comparison. That isn't unusual soon after an engagement, when second, third, and fourth hand information is being bandied about, especially from civilians trying to interpret military lingo. There's also the low level official-type who knows nothing of genuine interest but will grab the nearest reporter and make things up just to feel important. Like Obama, or Hillary; you know, the sort that gets confused easily and stays that way all day.
Bottom line is the fact that the interrogation techniques used to sweat these guys paid off. It usually does. Another tool in the arsenal. Say thanks to George now, Barry. He just made you appear to be competent.