One important aspect of American governance is that it really doesn’t depend on a great deal of trust. Its structure is supposed to “tie men’s interest to their duty”, and counteract “faction with faction” in the words of the Federalist Papers. We have open courts, open records laws, checks and balances and, for the most part, very little done in secret.
Obama suggested a few weeks ago that we should trust certain high up people to convey what his birth certificate said. Donald Trump put an end to that crap.
He asks us now to trust the words of a few elites on the death of bin Laden. Charles Hurt raises a good point about how un-American all of this is:
His suggestion that releasing a photograph of bin Laden dead is somehow spiking the ball reveals a stunning misunderstanding of America and the form of justice upon which we are based.
We are a nation of laws where justice is determined by facts and evidence. Our only faith is in God, not government or president.
We want to see the photo because justice is served only after bin Laden is killed and we have seen the evidence proving it. That is why people are tried in open court and executions are witnessed by citizens – so that justice is not carried out under the cover of darkness solely at the hands of the government.
Indeed, the only thread running through Obama’s policies is his own ego and penchant for preening coupled with his excessive regard for the views of foreigners and reciprocal low regard for the views of his countrymen. Obama’s delay in acting on this one (had to sleep on it!) and his public dumping of all kinds of sensitive intelligence so shortly after OBL’s killing only reinforce my assessment.