White House struggles to get story right on raid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

May 3, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Killing Osama bin Laden is a big victory for
the U.S., but exactly how the raid went down is another story.
The White House has sometimes offered contradictory versions of
events, including misidentifying which of bin Laden's sons was
killed and wrongly saying bin Laden's wife died in gunfire.
Some experts say the confusion inherent in a fast-paced,
unpredictable military raid conducted under intense pressure in a
foreign country does not lend itself immediately to a tidy story
line.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says officials are trying to
sort through the "fog of combat" and produce an accurate account
of events as quickly as possible.
Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst at the Center for
Strategic and International Studies, says "One of the things we
all have to be careful about is the idea that you can suddenly rush
to transparency and understanding in a matter of minutes or hours
on the first day of an event like this."

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