Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bin Laden stories conflict?

According to this report of the contents of the book No Easy Day, due out in a week or so, Bin Laden was shot when he poked his head out to see who was on the way up the stairs.  The author of the book heard 'pops' as he headed up the stairs, behind others. By the time he made the top of the stairs he saw:

The author writes that bin Laden ducked back into his bedroom and the SEALs followed, only to find the terrorist crumpled on the floor in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head and two women wailing over his body. Bissonnette says the point man pulled the two women out of the way and shoved them into a corner and he and the other SEALs trained their guns' laser sites on bin Laden's still-twitching body, shooting him several times until he lay motionless. The SEALs later found two weapons stored by the doorway, untouched, the author said.
This contradicts earlier versions of the story, according to which the SEALs killed Bin Laden only after he had ducked in the room:
In the account related by administration officials after the raid in Pakistan, the SEALs shot bin Laden only after he ducked back into the bedroom because they assumed he might be reaching for a weapon. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor would not comment on the apparent contradiction late Tuesday.
What to make of this? Will have to wait on the book for more details. Oh, and apparently, Binnie was growing Hippy Lettuce in the compound. Surely for medicinal purposes only.
Along with rows of cabbages and potatoes on the border wall of the compound, for instance, CNN's Nic Robertson discovered rows of marijuana plants. Pakistan makes roughly $4 billion a year from drug trafficking, although opium poppy is the preferred crop, leading some to believe that bin Laden partook of the plant to ease the pain from years of kidney problems.
Kidney problems...yeah. Sure. We know what he was doing, holed up in Hey Bud Abbottabad; channel surfing for news about himself, playing video games, smoking the choom, and getting the munchies, for hours on end every day year after year. Malignant little loser, eh?