By Douglas V. Gibbs
The United States did not seek permission from Pakistan to conduct the raid on the location that Osama bin Laden was hiding out. Despite the fact that we consider Pakistan an ally (a shaky one at that), we don't trust them. Taliban influence runs rampant throughout the Pakistani government. Therefore, not advising the Pakistani government of the operation makes sense.
What is interesting to me is as Pakistan reveals that they were not told about the raid, I am reminded that the leftists behind this raid complained when they believed Bush's operations didn't have full international support, despite the fact that many nations did belong to the coalition.
We remain friends with Pakistan because of the nukes. The U.S. is doing what it can to protect that friendship, no matter how fragile it may seem. The last thing we need is for nuclear devices such as those in Pakistan to fall into the hands of a radical Islamic government.
The stories about Osama's death, however, keep changing. He was armed, then he wasn't armed. His wife was a human shield and killed, now she is said to be alive and wasn't a human shield. Could it be because an assassination had been ordered and the lies aren't jiving as they try to hide the fact that they went in there under orders to kill Osama? For the Democrat's sake, they had to kill Osama bin Laden, anyway. If they had taken him alive, their ideology would have demanded Osama received a civilian trial - and they didn't want that. Public opinion would have turned against them.
Now, their biggest obstacle seems to be making sure nobody admits that an assassination was ordered.
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary
Pakistan Warns US Against Any More Raids - Sky News
White House changes Osama bin Laden account - Politico
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