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Bin Laden operation: Military success, PR fiasco?

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

The administration’s clashing desires to celebrate the successful killing of America’s enemy but also to mollify jihad-sympathizers has caused repeated media flubs in the days after the Osama bin Laden raid, say PR experts and Islamic-modernizers.

The fumbles are exemplified by the two-day debate over whether to release photographs of bin Laden’s “gruesome” facial wounds. Officials simultaneously argued that any disrespect shown toward bin Laden’s body would spur violence in Muslim countries, but also that bin Laden was not a leader of Muslims.

On Sunday, President Barack Obama seemingly gave a green-light to the release of photographs when he said that “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims…So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.” On Wednesday, Obama backtracked and formally overruled CIA chief Leon Panetta’s push to release the photos. “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of someone shot in the head are not floating around as incitement to additional violence,” Obama said.

The core conflict is the White House’s “desire to kill bin Laden but also to have the world think we did so respectfully and politely,” said Eric Dezenhall, founder of Dezenhall Resources, a PR firm. “I’m in the PR business, and I don’t think guys like me have the alchemy to persuade the public that something is the opposite of what it is,” he said, adding, “spin only gets you so far.”

The photographs of bin Laden exemplify the dilemma because they show him both clearly dead and gruesomely disfigured. On Wednesday, after White House spokesman Jay Carney said the photographs show that bin Laden was shot in the face, he quickly backtracked, saying “he was shot above the neck. Let’s say that.”

“Several days of discussions have shown the administration is not in as much control of the story as they should be,” said Scott Stanzel, a deputy press secretary for President George W. Bush, who also painted bin Laden as an unpopular Muslim extremist. Obama’s deputies had plenty of time to make a decision prior to the raid, but their media-related disputes have now blurred their military success, he said.

The administration’s two-sided policy also explains their controversial decision to use Islamic ritual when disposing of his body at sea. “We were absolutely within our rights to go after the most wanted man in the world…it needs to be recognized that this [killing] is seen as a good thing throughout the world,” Carney said Wednesday. “Yet, because of who we are, we took extraordinary measures to show the kind of respect that was shown in his burial,” he added.

“I was offended they wanted to give him religious recognition” after he had killed so many Muslims and non-Muslims, and even after the administration has repeatedly called him a extremist, said Zuhdi Jasser, a former Navy doctor and the Muslim founder of the Arizona-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Jasser, who is seeking to combine Islam with Western ideals of personal liberty, said he would have declined to participate in the Islamic rituals used during the disposal of bin Laden’s corpse.

  • DANIEL CABRERA

    Fiasco?….that! is the understatement of the month;…walk with me.

    What follows is all over the entire NET, many sites, places, blogs etc, including WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS, SENATE AND SOME POLITICIANS (corrupted and others aparetnly not so corrupted)
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    ISLAMOPHOBIA?…or…ISLAMOPHILIA?…your call,take a pick.
    The current adminstration looks very much in favour of the terrorist spectrum rather than anything else.
    Strange?…walk with me;
    WHAT FOLLOWS IS ALL OVER THE ENTIRE NET;
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    No photos?…no proof o fany kind?….who is going to dive in high tseas to find a body of evidence?…who?….WHO?;…does this mean,….more deceptions?….more tricks?….think abou this and tell me a story.

    Photos are inflamatory? , is that it?…for real?,…well, here is the news, THOSE ASSASSINS ARE ALRADY INFLAMED….THEY HAD BEEN KILLING AMONG THEMSELVES , FOR CENTURIES…are they not?,… AND NOW THEY ARE EXPANDING THEIR KILLING ABOROAD THROUGH THE WHOLE BALSTED WORLD…correct on that one?….yes?…or…no?

    Do they need an excuse to continue their nefarious and insidious deeds?….yes?…or…no?

    This current admininstration (THE OBAMA GANG) is a CONGLOMERATE OF ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE / ENEMIES OF THE ESTATE..in others words A PACK OF TRAITORS! – I call it as it is – ….
    …a group TERRORIST-FRIENDLY ORIENTED with a MASTER SABOTAGE AGENDA AGAINST OUR COUNTRY FOR TOTAL OBLITERATION OF THE AMERICAN SYSTEM…and we the american public know that and they(THE OBAMA GANG) KNOW THAT WE KNOW ABOUT THEIR INSIDIOUS AND NEFARIOUS PLANS!….is this correct?….YES?…or…NO?

    Perhaps you will dance around the question – trying to ‘explain’ – rather than to answer it straight.

    Others simple questions;
    DO ISLAMIC-MUSLIM ERRATICAL EXTREMIST ASSASSINS BURN USA FLAGS AND BILBOARDS WITH THE FACES OF USA OFFICIALS (LIKE PRES BUSH)?….YES?…OR…NO?
    DO THEY BURN BIBLES?….YES?…or…NO?

    DO THEY BURN PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN BACKYARDS,…THERE IN THE MIDDLE-EAST,… AND THROUGH THE ENTIRE WOLRD (THE SO CALLED ‘INFIDELS’ AND THEIR VERY OWN WOMEN TOO)?…YES?…or…NO?

    I am sure that to answer these questions straigh to the point it could represent the loose of a kidney or an explosion of the pancreas, or a heart attack…or everything all at once.

    IN FACT, THAT! is exactly what the ISLAMIC-MUSLIM ETREMIST FUNDAMENTALIST ASSASSINS DO ON DAILY BASIS…are they not?

    EVIDENTLY THIS IS A CLEAR AND OPEN WAR, IT IS A FIGHT TO THE DEATH – IS THEM OR US….and THAT! is reality…is it not?

    Actually those BLASTED ISLAMIC-MUSLIM EXTREMIST JIHADDIST ASSASSINS are in ETERNAL PRE-RETALIATION AGAINST OUR COUNTRY AND TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY THAT PROMOTES FREEDOM AND/OR DOES NOT CONCCOUR WITH THEIR IDEOLOGY.

    THEY ARE KILLNG WITHOUT PROVOCATION …THEY CAME HERE FIRST!… WE DID NOT GO THERE..is that correct?
    Koran burning outrage – Saudi government shreds Bibles(
    http://deathby1000papercuts.com/2010/09/koran-burning-outrage-saudi-goverment-shreds-confiscated-bibles/
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    Someone(s) out there may say – and will say – that burning/destroying Koran books will inflame the ISLAMIC-MUSLIM COMMUNITY..and as result, WE (our country and the rest of the free world) will be in dnager for more animosity; and attacks will ensue against american and her associates.
    Well, want to know something? THE ENEMIES OF OUR COUNTRY AND ALLIES DO NOT NEED ANY MORE MOTIVATIONS NOR ANY MORE EXCUSES TO TRY TO BLOW US OUT THE PLANET.

    THOSE ERRATICAL SILAMIC-MUSLIM FANATIC ASSASSINS JIHADDIST ARE ALREADY – SINCE LONG LONG TIME AGO PLOTING AND KILLING AND DESTRYOING RIGHT AND LEFT IN A VERY RUTHLESS WAY …are they not?

    You see, they do not not need any encouragement to be low-life…their KILLING DNA IS AT FULL THROTTLE GEAR…they do not need…”to be offended”…THEY ARE ALREADY “OFFENDED”…

    A simple question: – DO THOSE ERRATICAL ISLAMIC-MUSLIM EXTREMIST FANATIC ASSASINS BURN AMERICAN FALGS, BIBLES, PEOPLE (even their own…specially women) in their own backyard and all over the world?….YES?…or…NO?

    The way I see it,.. we get their hate no matter what,… even after Mr Obama went virtually around the world apologizing and “kissing their feet”(sort of speak..altough I can certainly say something stronger here)…it seems to me that they (OUR ENEMIES) do not have enough until we all are wiped-out from the face of the planet.

    So if they feel bad / insulted / offended / uncomfortable …if we burn a book or two from them…well my friends….BLAST THAT!….IF THEY CANNOT TAKE IT OR IF THEY DO NOT LIKE IT…in others words…TOUGH…THEY CAN STUFF IT!

    What they can do – ALL OF THEM – , very easily , is to go there to their own original habitat – THE MIDDLE EAST – kill and destroy AMONG THEMSELVES as they had been doing for countless generations,..and stay there in the fight until they become pulp ,,,,and WHOEVER LIKES THEM , they can go there with them and participate in the task.

    It looks that SEN KERRY, AND CO. – ALL THOSE ERRATICAL ASSASSINS SUPPORTERS -, they don’t get it yet…is a FIGHT TO THE DEATH …IS THEM OR US….and as for me,… and many many true red blod americans, the platform is …”WE WIN YOU LOOSE”…CASE CLOSED!

    From where I stand since they want to destroy us all….so this is simple; LET’S PULVERIZE THEM ALL!..THEY ARE THE BAD GUYS , THEY GO…it is a very straight forward thing.

    Bottom line. THEY ARE ALREADY TOTALLY INFLAMED!

    Take it or leave it…opinions welcome.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/05/gutfeld-white-house-declining-to-release-photos-demonstrates-islamophobia/#ixzz1LVcoG5IT

  • johnny mojo

    Gotta go with PR disaster.

    Carney is a fool caught in the headlights of prime time and he’s blowing it.

    King Obama doesn’t want to release photo’s because it’s not who we are and he doesn’t want to inflame anti American sentiment in the Muslim community. Does anyone think that the rueters photo’s BOUGHT from the Pakistani government won’t inflame Anti American sentiment? You got punked by the Pakistani’s again Mr. President, just like they have been doing for years. What harm can one more photo do? It will come out eventually anyway, so quit “pu$$y-footing” around.

    Fact stream?….WTF (and I don’t mean Winning The Future) is that?! The administration was so hellbent on blowing their horn that all kinds of “information” came out less than 8 hours after the operation. Participants could not have been debriefed adequately in that amount of time. Reciepe for PR disaster. When revisions to previous information must be made, Carney looks like Bambi’s little brother in the head lights about to be T-boned by a Prius. He almost makes that sorry Gibbs look good…..

    Faked Photo’s to members of Congress?…..If this is true, WTF is that? Talk about the tail wagging the dog. Major PR disaster there and would call into question the BC that was just released by all the kook birthers.

    Hillary: “Pakistan helped us.” WTF is that?! Sure they did…. and Monica never wore a blue dress.

    This administration managed to pull off the biggest hit in history and still screwed it up! I mean c’mon! This is amature hour. This could have made almost any other President un-defeatable but alas the King and his juvenille court has screwed it up yet again. WTF indeed!

    J.

  • johnny mojo

    So when are you guys gonna finish your “Moderation review” of my post? All this other drivel makes my post look tame. This is rediculous!

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  • kingfish

    The neocon planning of PNAC (Project for the New American Century, a plan for world domination) led to 911 and the ongoing military invasions of sovereign countries for a NWO. Those involved in 911 will likely be exposed by the bumbling of the Bin Laden “9 deaths” fiasco unraveling. Dr. Pieczenik worked at the top levels of previous administrations; he’s the hero character of the Clancy novels. He specifically warns the NAVY and Admiral Mullen not to carry out another false flag attack against Americans. He exposes the 911 perpetrators Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Eliott Abrams, NSA’s Stephen Hadley, etc.

    Dr. Steve Pieczenik: The Psychological Resurrection of Osama Bin Laden 1/2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d679JVfRcOM

  • kingfish

    Wednesday, May 04, 2011
    STEVE R. PIECZENIK INTERVIEW: BIN LADEN’S BEEN DEAD ON ICE FOR A DECADE

    http://mikephilbin.blogspot.com/2011/05/steve-r-pieczenik-tells-alex-jones.html

  • kingfish

    VETERANS TODAY: THE RE-DEATH OF BIN LADEN’S FROZEN CORPSE (BBC/VT PODCAST) THE FAIRY TALES START AGAIN…
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/05/04/gordon-duff-on-the-rocks-the-death-of-bin-ladens-frozen-corpse/

    ‘BIN LADEN BUSIEST CORPSE IN SHOW BUSINESS FOR LAST 10 YEARS’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q98-d51-Lbs

  • kingfish

    Osama bin Laden, A.K.A. CIA Asset “Tim Osman”
    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/binladen_cia.html

    Announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s Death Is A Staged Psychological Warfare Operation
    http://theintelhub.com/2011/05/02/announcement-of-osama-bin-ladens-death-is-a-staged-psychological-warfare-operation/