Making myths in fog of war

posted by
May 9, 2011
The Boston Globe
by James Carroll  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary, PND Commentary

"That the first accounts of last week’s raid in Abbottabad turned out to be at variance from the facts is significant but not surprising. More than the so-called 'fog of war’ was at work when the brief resistance of one gunman was characterized as a prolonged, constant, and multi-party 'firefight,’ and when bin Laden himself was described as firing back and using his wife as a human shield. It soon became known that bin Laden was unarmed, and that, while being rushed, he did not even avail himself of weapons near at hand. The discrepancies gave the Obama administration a perceptions headache of its own making, prompting some to ask whether the killing of bin Laden amounted to extra-judicial assassination." (05/09/11)  

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