Eric Holder: We Shot Unarmed Bin Laden in the Eye But It Wasn’t an Assassination
Weren’t the orders to kill the Al-Qaeda mastermind, not capture him?
Palestinians hold up images of the late Osama bin Laden during a protest in Gaza City last week. The US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was “not an assassination”, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday after the Al-Qaeda leader’s sons denounced the operation. (AFP)
Attorney General Eric Holder now claims that killing Bin Laden was not an assassination.
US SEALs shot an unarmed Osama Bin Laden in the eye.
The BBC reported:
US Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s hideout, in which the al-Qaeda leader was killed, was “not an assassination”.
Mr Holder told the BBC the operation was a “kill or capture mission” and that Bin Laden’s surrender would have been accepted if offered.
The protection of the Navy Seals who carried out the raid was “uppermost in our minds”, he added.
Bin Laden was shot dead on 2 May in the complex in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The raid has had a mixed reaction in Pakistan, and on Thursday several hundred supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rallied in Abbottabad shouting anti-US slogans.
The marchers shouted “Go, America Go”, “Down with [US President Barack] Obama” and “Down with [Pakistani President Asif Ali] Zardari”, and waved the green flags of Mr Sharif’s Pakistan.
Mr Holder said the special forces had acted “in an appropriate way” in the absence of any clear indication Bin Laden had been going to surrender.
“If the possibility had existed, if there was the possibility of a feasible surrender, that would have occurred,” he said.
“But their protection, that is the protection of the force that went into that compound, was I think uppermost in our minds.”
The attorney general reiterated that the operation was legal, saying that international law allows the targeting of enemy commanders.
“I actually think that the dotting of the i’s and the crossing of the t’s is what separates the United States, the United Kingdom, our allies, from those who we are fighting,” he said.
“We do respect the rule of law, there are appropriate ways in which we conduct ourselves and expect our people to conduct themselves, and I think those Navy Seals conducted themselves in a way that’s consistent with American, [and] British values.”
Hat Tip Gini
Why not just admit it?
This incompetent administration continues to dig themselves into a hole.