Defense Secretary Robert Gates explained today that photos of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse should not be released not only because the actual photos might inflame extremists and act as a propaganda tool for Al Qaeda, but also because of, well, Photoshop. Gates and Hillary Clinton were “worried about the potential for manipulation of those photos and doing things with those photos that would be pretty outrageous in terms of provoking a reaction that might in fact put our troops at greater risk in both Iraq and Afghanistan.” Gates also acknowledged that some of the Photoshop work on the Situation Room photo was pretty funny.
Via ABC News, Gates explained,
One of them had “all of us in one of these big, wide-brimmed hats from the wedding. Another had various football players seated at the table that had been photoshopped in. Others had other politicians photoshopped in. So this is all pretty harmless and humorous stuff.”
Photoshopping Bin Laden’s death photos, however, would not be so funny. Unless he’s wearing a Princess Beatrice hat. No, no…not even then. Unless perhaps he was Photoshopped out completely, leaving only the hat? No?
In other news, the Osama Bin Laden death photos are officially pretty gruesome — and not funny — say the senators who have been allowed to see them.
Gates: Not Releasing OBL Corpse Photos Was “the Right Decision” – Especially In Light of the Photoshopped Situation Room Photos [ABC]