In a Tweet posted shortly after the president announced he would not be releasing the images, Palin chided him for his decision: “Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama;it’s part of the mission,” she wrote.

Palin was not the only Republican to call for the release of the image: Sen. Lindsay Graham, a South Carolina Republican, argued that keeping the image private defeated “the whole purpose of sending our soldiers into the compound” – which was proving definitively that bin Laden was dead.

“The whole purpose of sending our soldiers into the compound, rather than an aerial bombardment, was to obtain indisputable proof of bin Laden’s death,” said Graham. “I know bin Laden is dead. But the best way to protect and defend our interests overseas is to prove that fact to the rest of the world.”

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