Michael Moore: “Bin Laden was executed.” (He’s not against the death, he simply thinks we should admit the plan was to kill OBL)

Update: If you’re interested in more of Moore’s thoughts, ezpz points us to this May 5 interview with Michael Moore on CNN: Part 1 and Part 2. Ignore that the sound is a little un-synced.

This isn’t about bin Laden and whether he should have been killed. Please take that sentence seriously.

It’s about us, and whether we can admit the truth to ourselves. Michael Moore, in an interview with The Wrap:

Common sense tells you [bin Laden] was executed. That was the plan all along. Just tell us that and quit treating us like children.

I have a lot of faith in Obama, but we’ve received three different stories in three days. We heard, “There was a firefight.” “He used a woman as a shield.” Now it turns out none of these things were true. He wasn’t armed.

(About those differing stories, see here.)

Other tidbits from this fascinating interview:

[About whether bin Laden was still a threat] He was put out of business some years ago. Now, we’re dealing with rogue underwear bombers. …

[About not finding bin Laden in a cave] [T]his man was a multi-millionaire, and if you know these kind of people, they don’t live in caves.

The focus is now on us, and how we’re handling what we’ve done. If we walked into his house planning to shoot the man dead — we should say so, right? After all, isn’t that what courage is all about?

When the Lone Ranger shoots the evil rogue sheriff so that all those terrorized townspeople can be safe, he doesn’t then say, “A rock fell on his head; I was just standing here.” Moore is not against the death (read the interview); he’s for the owning up.

It’s what us truly exceptional people do. I agree with Moore, that it’s time to be truly that.


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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