Officials said the U.S. would ensure that bin Laden's body was handled in accordance with Islamic tradition.
But why? After all, didn't Barack Obama say this tonight?
"We must also reaffirm that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims."
So why is the body of a mass murderer of Muslims being handled in accordance with Islamic tradition? Aren't U.S. officials thereby tacitly acknowledging that bin Laden was a Muslim leader, notwithstanding Barack Obama's protestations to the contrary?
And if Osama was indeed a Muslim leader, what are the implications of that for U.S. policy?
There's a question no one in official Washington will dare to answer.