Navy Seals Faced Only One Shooter
With the government's decision not to release photos of a dead Osama, there is no evidence that bin Laden was in the compound or that he was engaged by the Seals. What we do have is a series of misrepresentations by the Obama administration, making one appear foolhardy for even listening to what they report.
What the administration initially said was an "intense firefight" leading to the al Qaeda chief's death, The New York Times on Thursday dubbed an "extremely one-sided" attack. Officials briefed on the operation, says The Times, indicate the only bullets ever fired at the SEAL team came from bin Laden's trusted courier -- the man who inadvertently led the U.S. to the compound -- in the first minutes of the raid. After that, once the SEALs entered the three-storey block-like structure, they were never fired upon again.
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters the U.S. troops "met with a great deal of resistance," adding that many people in the compound were armed. Carney said the raid led to a "highly volatile firefight" and said those involved in the raid "handled themselves with the utmost professionalism."
Either the White House is deliberately manipulative or hopelessly incompetent - or, perhaps, a combination.