[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/05/19/detainee.abuse.overview/art.ghraib.ny.jpg caption="The photographs from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq sparked outrage across the globe."]
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The president's decision last week to fight the release of dozens of photographs depicting the alleged abuse of prisoners in detention facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq was more than just a political decision. It was a decision that saved lives.
By fighting the release, President Obama put the safety of our troops before the demands of an activist agenda, and Americans should thank him for it.
There is no doubt that the needless release of those photos would have cost American lives. When photos surfaced of the shocking abuse at Abu Ghraib in April 2004, violence dramatically spiked in Iraq. In the 10 days following the release of the photos, nearly 40 American soldiers were killed.
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