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It's been a strange week to say the least; from the historic captor of Osama Bin Laden to the conflicting stories that followed. We first heard that Osama Bin Laden was armed and shot once in the eye and once in the chest. We were then told that used his wife as a human shield, but the following day, we heard he was shot twice in the eye, and now the final version is that he was shot once in the chest and once in the eye. Jim Miklaszewski, Chief Pentagon Correspondent for NBC News said conflicting stories are the norm, much like a traffic accident where witnesses might give three different versions of the accident. I think it has to do with those that put out the conflicting stories than anything else. I know in this age of transparency, the administration thought they were forced to put out a story before all the facts were analyzed. I would assume, they were little leery about admitting to shooting and killing three unarmed people. It's my belief that the American people didn't really care at the time. The spokesman for the administration tried to justify it by fabricating a 40 minute firefight story. Mr. Miklaszewski said most of the 40 minutes was used to gather evidence.

There were a couple of days of " should the pictures of Osama Bin Laden be released" and all the hoopla that goes with it but after the administration decided not to show them; it quickly became a non-issue.

The official word from the White House was that Osama Bin laden was brought to justice. President Obama was careful not to use the word “assassinated" in any of his speeches. Does it really matter if he was executed, assassinated, or brought to justice? Did I need to hear that the Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden thought he was making a move to retrieve his weapon? I think the Navy SEALS could have brought in Osama Bin Laden alive, if that was the goal of the mission, but it wasn't. I'm able to separate the actions of war from a domestic situation. I wouldn't be surprised if missions like this took place several times a month. It's time to make that distinction because the other option was to bomb the compound where we wouldn't have gathered any evidence or been able to save countless others who were in the compound. We would have justified the bombing, saying" those poor innocent babies had to die for that scum." I'm still on the fence about president Obama's order to kill on sight American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. It's not that I don't think that he needs killing; I just believe strongly in the presumption of innocence. It's a hard stretch but what if?Then there is that bit about the Constitution.

Now there's a question of “should we resume relations with Pakistan?" I think we will still give them foreign aid and illicit their help because we can't do it without them. It's the "them" and "how much"we have problems with. Are we dealing with a friendly president, split army/ intelligence officers, and a hostile population? I guess it depends on the day of the week it is, but we need Pakistan to get supplies to Afghanistan and we still need their corporation to deal with terrorism. For example, “Pakistan’s top army commanders did acknowledge their country's failure to detect Osama's bin Laden's presence in the garrison city of Abbottabad. But they also warned the United States that any future unauthorized raid would trigger a review of military cooperation between the two countries and ordered a cutback in the number of American troops in Pakistan to "the minimum essential."..It's like the cheating husband blaming his wife for his extramarital affair.Today, they learned that the CIA has maintained a safe-haven in Pakistan since last summer without their knowledge but despite their harsh threats, they allowed us to use drones to kill 17 people protesting the death of Osama Bin Laden.

It's often customary for Congress to pass a nonbinding resolution to honor a country, people or deeds. I think that they should have at least honored the CIA and the heroic Navy SEALS. They may in the future, but now would be the appropriate time....After all,"He was fully engaged to carry out other 9-11 attacks," the official added. "He had a reputation as a micromanager but what we found was he was able to balance that micromanagement with a realization that others would have to carry out the operations."