Optics Matter: Obama’s Mistake on Bin Laden Photo


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There may be more to the story that I just don’t know, but as I have written previously, I believe that it is a mistake not to release the bin Laden death photo — as well as a photo showing that rites consistent with Islamic customs were administered.
I don’t know all the issues President Obama may have had to consider sitting behind the Oval Office desk — but that’s not my responsibility to figure out. I think transparency works better here, even if there are some downsides. That is what civil society is about — reasoned debate and discussion. I really feel that Obama is wrong on this one.
Tonight, I shared a bit of this thinking on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams above.
Later tonight, I’ll be chatting with Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s The Ed Show along with former State Department Chief of Staff Col. Lawrence B. Wilkerson on the same subject.
— Steve Clemons


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