And it appears they didn’t have their story quite straight when they claimed Bin Laden hid behind one of his wives to return fire. Here’s what they said initially, from Bloomberg:
Bin Laden “was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area of the house he was in,” John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, said at a May 2 briefing. “And whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly don’t know.” Defense and intelligence officials also repeated that bin Laden died during a firefight.
But here’s what they’re now saying really happened:
Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed by a U.S. commando and his wife was wounded when she rushed at an American assault team member, the Obama administration said in a new narrative that revised some elements of the accounts given the day after the raid.
Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers got it about right, seeing things as they are, when tweeting on the Bin Laden assassination, from ESPN:
“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”
“I believe in God. I believe we’re ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge.”
“Those who judge others, will also be judged themselves.”
“For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn … I ask how would God feel about your heart?”
Mendenhall is brave to speak out, as public is the persona of the leading rusher for the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers. It is profoundly easy to join the cheering, jeering blood-thirsty crowd. It takes a bit of courage to speak truth to the mob, especially when doing so might affect your livelihood.
(This latest is just another reason for me to love the politically-incorrect characters that play for the Steelers. From Marvin Harrison to Troy Polamalu to Ben Roethlisberger, and now to Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers have a cast of real people that suit up on Sundays.)
Mendenhall’s observation that we’ve only heard one side is poignant. And the one side we’ve heard is already changing its story.
Mendenhall unwisely extended the public’s ignorance to lack of information about the WTC bombings. It’s forgivable, given that everything we learn of what the government does in affairs such as these is provided by the very entity (the government) that stands to gain the most when the narrative casts the government in a positive light. If a lie would enhance the public’s view of the government, than a lie is what the public gets. Think of the Pat Tillman affair, when the Army’s lie about Tillman’s demise seemed such a natural reaction for the Army until the possibility of ever getting truth out of them seemed profoundly questionable. Lying is instinctive to the government, so doubting everything the self-interested government says should be as well.
Of all the comments Mendenhall made, his final one may prove to get him into trouble with the authorities, as it reveals his seditious and subversive views:
“There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to think.”
To be sure, the very last thing the government wants of its citizens is for them to think.