Five days after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan, questions about the event linger — and not only among conspiracy theorists.
A series of changes to the administration’s initial account about the daring mission has posed some questions. At an early briefing, officials said bin Laden fired at the U.S. team; now, they say the Al Qaeda chief never picked up a weapon. The White House claimed the commandos were in a running gun battle “throughout” the 40-minute operation; now, officials say only one man in the compound fired, and he was shot dead early in the mission.
As officials walked back their initial narrative, an operation that had seemed nearly flawless produced two days of unflattering headlines.
Now back in the old, old days, when I was a kid, sometimes they would add, "So the moral of this story . . ." (Not the press, adults passing on the news would add.)
And our story does have a moral: Don't be a glory hog.
When you are a glory hog, when you rush to accept credit you did not earn, you set yourself up to take the blame for everything.
When you are a glory hog, you are so eager to attach your name to someone else's actions that you do not know what happened or how it happened so, if it all blows up, you are the one left looking like the fool.
And that is what has happened to Barack Obama.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: