In a May 6 column headlined, "Obama to Allah: pardon Osama," Washington Times assistant editorial page editor Anneke Green attacked President Obama over the administration's decision to treat Osama bin Laden's body in accordance with Islamic custom while burying him at sea by claiming that Obama "is more concerned about placating the feelings of Muslim extremists than closure for the American people." Green further wrote that "[t]he subsequent handling of the body and burial ... raises serious questions about Mr. Obama's dominant priority."
From Green's column:
Meanwhile, the other group is subtly being courted with the emphasis on "conformance to Islamic requirements" throughout administration briefings. By reiterating, as Mr. Brennan did at least seven times in his Monday briefing, that the burial was done according to Islamic requirements, he has communicated that the President is more concerned about placating the feelings of Muslim extremists than closure for the American people. Families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks who want to see photos of bin Laden's corpse must be satisfied with a presidential victory lap at Ground Zero, while radical Islamists can be comforted by Mr. Brennan's repetitive assurances that the burial was conducted according to rites with which they're familiar--ones which inherently confer dignity and respect to the dead.
Sending in a SEAL team to blow off bin Laden's head showed presidential leadership. The subsequent handling of the body and burial, however, raises serious questions about Mr. Obama's dominant priority.