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Story of Bin Laden's death looks like staged fairytale -- military analyst

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Published on May 3, 2011

RT's military contributor, Colonel Evgeny Khrushchev, has pointed out that it took Obama two years to present his birth certificate. Now, it may take a lot longer to show Bin Laden's death certificate.
"It's great news, if that's true," Khrushchev said referring to the news of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. "But it looks like a [highly] staged fairytale, first. And secondly, the United States hasn't proved that the White House has iron-clad, video-taped evidence regarding the operation and how his body was transferred to land-locked Afghanistan later, to be dumped at sea, with all those honors... [It] doesn't make any sense for me."
RT's military contributor believes the statement of the US officials that none of the countries wanted to take Bin Laden's body is a phony excuse.
"That was not the reason," Khrushchev said. "He was supposed to be brought for forensic [examination] back to the United States, because he was the main target of the ten-year-long manhunt."
"It took Obama two years to [provide] his birth certificate. I don't know how many years or months, or maybe just hours, it will take the Obama administration to [provide] Osama's death certificate," Evgeny Khrushchev concluded.
Bin Laden, "the busiest corpse in show-business" -- journalist
For the last ten years, there have been multiple reports of Bin Laden's death, recalls Patrick Henningsen, a journalist and editor at the 21st Century Wire. Among those declaring Bin Laden's passing have been Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto in 2007, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2003, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in 2002.
Henningsen does not expect photographs or videos to be released in this case. "At best we are going to get grainy videos of some kind of a raid. If we are lucky, we might see a photograph of a mutilated corpse," he says.
Henningsen believes that this news signals that, in the long term, the US might move away from seeing the shadowy form of Al-Qaeda as its chief enemy in "the War on Terror", and refocus on nation state enemies, namely Libya, Syria and Iran.
"The administration in the US is going into a new election cycle in 2012. This announcement of Bin Laden's death achieved by Barack Obama is a great line for his resume as a wartime president. With poll numbers really down in the doldrums [for the] last two or three years, the US administration is suffering and this gives them some credence overseas. And also if the US chooses to engage in a new conflict like in Libya or in Iran over the next 12 months, this is going to help Obama, because American voters won't change leadership during a hard conflict," says Henningsen.

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