Is Obama’s Refusal To Release The Bin Laden Pictures About Narcissism?

This is an interesting theory.

If Obama doesn’t release the bin Laden pictures then the iconic imagery of his death, culminate most of a decade of American longing for justice, will be Obama announcing his death and not the picture of bin Laden’s corpse.

It’s certainly true that Obama went through a great deal of trouble to stage the photos of his announcement (more on that here). My own theory, too, is that he isn’t releasing them in order to create a controversy over not releasing them.

A controversy that will distract from the inconvenient narrative about how all the anti-terror policies Bush supported and Obama opposed (foreign detention centers, enhanced interrogations, rendition, etc.) produced the intelligence that lead us to Obama.

Whatever the explanation (and I’m beginning to believe that it’s a combination of the two explanations above) it’s pretty clear that the decision had more to do with politics than national security or policy concerns.

Here’s how Obama explained his decision to keep the photos under wraps to 60 Minutes:

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Kevin Flanagan

    It sure looks like “spiking the football” to me.

  • flamemeister

    What prissy crap!

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    I think it’s funny how propagandists like Rob are trying their best to distract from the fact that Obama was able to complete the job Bush could not finish, even after Bush had used the tactics he once refused in 2000 to clear AQ, OBL, and the Taliban from Afghanistan, only to pick up those same tactics he once criticized after 9/11.

    The only thing Bush did right was execute the strategy the Clinton administrations terrorist Czar had handed to him, Bush then bumbled everything of his own after that.

    I take it back, the next good thing Bush had done was hand it all over to Obama.

    • 2hotel9

      Wow, you are crying in this thread from the start, what a sad a$$ed whinny lying c*nt you are.

    • A Citizen

      Now, please explain for us Clintons “plan” to get AQ and the Taliban and how it stopped these:

      Oct. 12, 2000 – A terrorist bomb damages the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39.

      Aug. 7, 1998 – Terrorist bombs destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Nairobi, 12 Americans are among the 291 killed, and over 5,000 are wounded, including 6 Americans. In Dar es Salaam, one U.S. citizen is wounded among the 10 killed and 77 injured.

      June 21, 1998 – Rocket-propelled grenades explode near the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

      July 27, 1996 – A pipe bomb explodes during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and wounding 111.

      June 25, 1996 – A bomb aboard a fuel truck explodes outside a U.S. air force installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. military personnel are killed in the Khubar Towers housing facility, and 515 are wounded, including 240 Americans.

      Nov. 13, 1995 – A car-bomb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills seven people, five of them American military and civilian advisers for National Guard training. The “Tigers of the Gulf,” “Islamist Movement for Change,” and “Fighting Advocates of God” claim responsibility.

      April 19, 1995 – A car bomb destroys the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and wounding over 600.

      February 1993 – A bomb in a van explodes in the underground parking garage in New York’s World Trade Center, killing six people and wounding 1,042.

      It wasn’t until Bush implemented his own polices, such as the Patriot Act that the attacks stopped. Thanks for acknowledging that 9/11 was planned during Clinton’s watch.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        I will, right after you explain how Bush’s tactics stopped these:

        Sept. 11, New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa.: hijackers crashed 2 commercial jets into twin towers of World Trade Center; 2 more hijacked jets were crashed into the Pentagon and a field in rural Pa. Total dead and missing numbered 2,9921: 2,749 in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon, 40 in Pa., and 19 hijackers. Islamic al-Qaeda terrorist group blamed. (See September 11, 2001: Timeline of Terrorism.)

        June 14, Karachi, Pakistan: bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. Linked to al-Qaeda.

        2003 1
        May 12, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners. Al-Qaeda suspected.

        May 29–31, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.

        June 11–19, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.

        Dec. 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.

        Nov. 9, Amman, Jordan: suicide bombers hit 3 American hotels, Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 57. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.

        Jan. 12, Athens, Greece: the U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries.

        Dec. 11, Algeria: more than 60 people are killed, including 11 United Nations staff members, when Al Qaeda terrorists detonate two car bombs near Algeria’s Constitutional Council and the United Nations offices.

        May 26, Iraq: a suicide bomber on a motorcycle kills six U.S. soldiers and wounds 18 others in Tarmiya.

        June 24, Iraq: a suicide bomber kills at least 20 people, including three U.S. Marines, at a meeting between sheiks and Americans in Karmah, a town west of Baghdad.

        June 12, Afghanistan: four American servicemen are killed when a roadside bomb explodes near a U.S. military vehicle in Farah Province.

        July 13, Afghanistan: nine U.S.soldiers and at least 15 NATO troops die when Taliban militants boldly attack an American base in Kunar Province, which borders Pakistan. It’s the most deadly against U.S. troops in three years.

        Aug. 18 and 19, Afghanistan: as many as 15 suicide bombers backed by about 30 militants attack a U.S. military base, Camp Salerno, in Bamiyan. Fighting between U.S. troops and members of the Taliban rages overnight. No U.S. troops are killed.

        Sept. 16, Yemen: a car bomb and a rocket strike the U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including 4 civilians. At least 25 suspected al-Qaeda militants are arrested for the attack.

        Nov. 26, India: in a series of attacks on several of Mumbai’s landmarks and commercial hubs that are popular with Americans and other foreign tourists, including at least two five-star hotels, a hospital, a train station, and a cinema. About 300 people are wounded and nearly 190 people die, including at least 5 Americans.

        • A Citizen

          Well cockgobbler, since you claim to ALWAYS be right. I guess this would answer your question.

          Hannitized, Proofs obsession 5 hours ago in reply to A Citizen

          “Don’t be an old yenta. Bush rejected the plan to get AQ, Bin Laden and remove the Taliban before he used them, after 9/11″.

          According to you, Bush was using Clinton’s plan.

          You really are a schmuck. You might want to get a shower since I just pissed all over you, again.

          • mikemc1970

            But he likes the way it makes him smell.

          • A Citizen

            I think he likes the taste more.

        • 2hotel9

          Poor tranni, permanently stuck on stupid, and too stupid to know it.

    • awfulorv

      It looks more like a case of the mission being a success despite Obama’s reticence, and waffling. Leon Panetta’s hand on the tiller seems to have been a very stabilizing force to a very indecisive man child. Then there’s the matter of the, what looks like a secret type of copter parts being left there. Perhaps the worlds oldest thirteen year old should have made certain nothing would be left behind, after all they had ropes with them and time to haul that stuff out.

  • 2hotel9

    Just look at his speech Sunday. Every other word was I,me, or mine. Of course it is all about Barri.

  • DopeyDem

    I guess there is some truth to Bush picking up on Clinton’s strategy. After all, Bush did nothing to stop 9/11 just like Clinton did nothing to stop anything for 8 years.

  • mikemc1970

    Obama is a narcissist, so yeah everything is about him. I don’t think he’s quite reached the malignant stage yet. That could come on at any time though.

    • realitybasedbob

      Mr. 1970:
      “Obama is a narcissist…”

      gop talking point:
      “National Journal: Obama’s Narcissism Kept Bin Laden Photos Hidden”

      • mikemc1970

        Then that talking point is true. Obama shows the behavioral patterns of narcissism, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Please explain the behavioral patterns that show this.

          This ought to be good.

          • mikemc1970

            Look them up yourself. Just because you’re too retarded to use a search engine doesn’t make me your tutor, although I do seem to be schooling you on a regular basis. Hmmmm.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So you don’t have an opinion yourself, mcnutty? Are you just and empty suit waiting for people to tell you what you think, or are you capable of making an argument on your own? Make an argument, not a statement, and back it up with logical thought and evidence.

            Are you capable?

            Also, you were supposed to use a question mark after your last blurt. Unless you were just humming to yourself, which would be an odd thing.

          • mikemc1970

            Yes, my opinion is that Obama is suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. If you want to know what the symptoms are please consult your local search engine and quit expecting other people to do your work for you (fracking lazy Democrat).

            No it wasn’t a question, but I understand your desperate desire to tell everyone in the world exactly what they mean to say.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Too cowardly and lazy to support your own statement, mcnutty?

            Don’t worry, it’s not like I didn’t know you don’t have any evidence to support your mcnutty claim.

            So you were just humming to yourself, to keep yourself company?

          • mikemc1970

            The behavior patterns of Narcissistic Personality Disorder don’t change because of my opinion. Just because you’re too lazy to go look them up for yourself isn’t really my problem.

            You are the only one challenging my opinion therefore the impetus is on you to prove Obama doesn’t have any of the personality traits indicative of the disease. The truth is you can’t and this is just your moonbat way of obfuscating. How predictable.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You have made a claim and the onus is on you to support it with evidence.

            This is just more proof that you have not gone to college and graduated.

            You have ADD, an inferiority complex and you suffer from impotence. Now, if you refute that statement the onus is on to to prove it is not true. Is that about the size of it?

            Oh mcnutty, you are barrels of fun!

          • mikemc1970

            Ha! I knew you didn’t know how to look them up. Thanks for proving me right, yet again.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Your mcnuttery is fun to laugh at.

          • 2hotel9

            tranni has no need to look them up, it lives them every day of its sad little life.

          • A Citizen

            Here ya go little mooch. After you read them, go look in the mirror for a live example. And this is just the “short list” of symptoms.

            The DSM-IV-TR, a manual that psychologists
            use to diagnose NPD and other mental disorders, defines NPD is a type of
            psychological personality disorder primarily characterized

            need for
            lack of

            intolerance of
            others’ perspectives
            to others’ needs
            indifference to
            the effect of their own egocentric behavior

  • DopeyDem

    All this is about taking the media attention away from his total incompetence in running the country. The unemplyment numbers just came out. This guy is a total failure.

    • 2hotel9

      Its all good, babe! Gasoline is set to go up another 80 cents by Memorial Day, and staple grocery prices are expected to jump a full dollar in the same time period.

      • awfulorv

        It’s established that Barri can read, the teleprompter’s and all, but what he’s read while in office would be interesting. Rest assured he’s waded through two, or three, golf books. I’ll wager he’s read little or nothing though, and those books were slanted towards his viewpoint, of the causes of “The Great Depression”, and what the country learned from those times. There are fifty excellent books on the subject and it was his duty, “To the best of my ability”, to become an expert on the subject but, it’s obvious, he didn’t. Hell, he could have spent the hours he’s wasted, on Air Force One, to devour many books on the subject. Let’s face it, He is an Affirmative Action President. Those Liberal PooBahs at Harvard, and Columbia, did this country no favors by falsifying his grades. And our MSM has done, perhaps, irreparable harm in their eagerness to have us elect the first black president. The puzzlement though are those glassy eyed, hand wringing Liberals, many on this site, who, despite ample evidence that he’s a fraud, continue to rally to his side.

  • awfulorv

    On April 29 the space shuttle, Commanded by Commander Kelly, husband of Dem. Rep. “Gabby Giffords” was slated to take off from Florida. It did not get into the air because of a “fuse box” problem, and was rescheduled for May 10, and now perhaps as late as May 13. Giffords was taken back to her Houston hospital. Giffords is being touted as a challenger to Az. Rep. Sen. Kyle for his re-election to the senate. I’ve seen only one, long range, pic. of Giffords, as she was entering a Jet headed for Fla. She was shrouded in a scarf, or something. This would be a great photo op. for her, and Obama, and the Dems.,if she was shown to appear as anything other than a bullet scarred vegetable. It might mean a Senate seat for the Dems. if she can garner the expected sympathy votes. The question in this writers mind is whether this space mission is being delayed so that a better photo Op. can be obtained? You have to ask yourself , are they holding up this flight for the above reasons? Whether they would implement this crass political ploy need not even be asked, of course they would, given the opportunity. Talk about political and narcissistic ploys, this would take the cake. I believe that’s what’s transpiring though, talk about shallow political tricks, this gambit would reach heretofore untapped levels.

  • awfulorv

    Wasn’t it neat that Bush body checked Obama in front of his goal today. We were to be treated to a session of dirty tricks I’m thinking. Obama would have done his best to embarrass Bush at Ground Zero, but Bush out foxed him. All you who think Obama is smart, just recall who can fly a Jet Plane, and who cannot.