Tag Archives: Osama Bin Laden

Bin Laden Raid Details

Nicholas Schmidle has an article in this week’s New Yorker with new details about Bin Laden’s death. NPR’s Morning Edition has an interview with some pretty amazing stuff, including this account of what happened when they found Osama and his … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda the Baseball Team

There is something very unnerving about seeing a terrorist organization describe its replacement of its leader the way a baseball team describes the replacement of its manager:  

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Sorry You Were Offended

Osama bin Laden’s fourth eldest son is apparently mad about the manner of the funeral: The letter said, in part: “We hold the American President (Barack) Obama legally responsible to clarify the fate of our father, Osama bin Laden, for … Continue reading

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Straw Man Argument, Defined

Former Bush Administration hack Marc Thiessen is trying to kill about ten birds with one rubberband, but the rubber band keeps snapping in his hand.  He spends an entire op/ed arguing that those who deny that CIA interrogations helped nab Osam Bin … Continue reading

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This cannot be repeated enough (apparently)

Torture is wrong.  Torture is counter-productive.  Here it is straight from the mouth of someone who interrogates terrorists for a living: A top United States interrogator in Afghanistan says that torture played no role in locating Osama bin Laden, and … Continue reading

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Emotion Over Expertise

Paul Krugman notes the deep emotional reaction of some Bush Jr. officials to the success of Pres. Obama’s efforts to find Osama bin Laden: Once in a while I mention, in passing, that the Bush administration saw torturing people as … Continue reading

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Reihan Salam: The Timid Little Propagandist

Reihan Salam doesn’t like the argument that Pres. Obama’s decisions merit the lion’s share of the credit for the death of Osama bin Laden.  So he hypothesizes a bunch of tendentious hypothetical questions to avoid that conclusion. Might the Pakistanis have not hedged … Continue reading

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Drudge at work

Matt Drudge is the master of misleading posts, and he is still who the conservative media turns to for its news of the day. Take this headline from the Drudge Report, for example:  REUTERS, AP journalists describe staging of Obama … Continue reading

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Further thoughts on photos and funerals

Steve Clemons weighs in on the photo controversy, arguing that the Bin Laden death photos should be released. He makes a very good point, which I disagree with but deserves mention: Many American intelligence officials began to think some years … Continue reading

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For America So Loved The World, That It Sent Its Own Sons, So That It Might Re-create Mankind In Its Own Image

Daniel Larison defends Pakistan, on the grounds that it’s doing all it reasonably can do to assist the US: Just two months ago, Hosni Mubarak was ousted by his military to defuse the political crisis that had started in late … Continue reading

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Cheney’s wrong, torture’s wrong, and denying either makes you a fool

Yesterday I noted that Dick Cheney had this to say: “I would assume that the enhanced interrogation program that we put in place produced some of the results that led to bin Laden’s ultimate capture” Well, we know what happens when … Continue reading

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The Bin Laden Trifecta

I’m waiting to see who puts a photo of Bin Laden’s exploded head, a Mohammed cartoon, and a video of that pastor burning a Koran all on the same page. 

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Somewhere, Rodney Dangerfield is Smiling

UPDATE:  The White House has backed away from its original report that Bin Laden used his wife as a human shield. The original post is below… Here’s the latest coming  from the White House on the woman who was killed during the … Continue reading

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Osama’s funeral at sea (additional thoughts)

Nickgb has a great post up on Osama’s burial at sea.  I’m throwing my two cents in to respond to Yglesias’ fears regarding what the conspiracy theorists will say about there being no body: The decision to bury the corpse of … Continue reading

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Idiots

Not everyone is happy Bin Laden is dead: The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday condemned the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden and mourned him as an “Arab holy warrior.” “We regard this as a continuation of … Continue reading

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