May 14, 2011
In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, there’s been a silly effort among the conservative chattering classes to bat down the idea that this development means a permanent boost in Barack Obama’s approval ratings, or even guarantees his re-election. It’s silly, of course, because no one really believes the straw-man proposition in the first place.
TNR on Your Kindle: The Death of Osama bin Laden
May 13, 2011
The New Republic on the Death of Osama bin Laden is now available in the Kindle Store. Just before 10 p.m. on Sunday May 1, 2011, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer announced that President Obama would deliver a statement to the country later that evening. The address was delayed; reports said that the President was writing his own speech. At 11:35 p.m., speaking to a larger audience than at any other time during his presidency, Obama stated that Osama bin Laden was dead. Earlier that day, in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, a team of U.S.
Afghanistan Dispatch: Osama bin Who?
May 13, 2011
Oqa, Afghanistan—“Never heard of him,” says Mirza the tumbleweed-gatherer. “Was he an Arab? Someone who helped the Taliban?” asks Nazar the hunter. Aman Bai, a former mujahedin commander, squints at the wasteland that clenches his village in a menacing, infertile grip. After a rainless winter, the spare blades of hard, thorny greens that have poked at last through the clay soil are not enough to graze Oqa’s washboard-ribbed livestock.
TNR on the Death of Osama bin Laden
May 11, 2011
On Sunday May 1, 2011 at 11:35 p.m., speaking to a larger audience than at any other time during his presidency, Obama stated that Osama bin Laden was dead. Earlier that day, in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs had descended on bin Laden’s compound and, after a 40-minute firefight, shot and killed the leader of Al Qaeda. Over the course of the week that followed, The New Republic unpacked the implications, symbolic and substantive, of bin Laden’s death.
May 10, 2011
Within minutes of last Sunday’s announcement that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden at his conspicuous compound in Pakistan, accusations regarding the role played by his adopted country-of-residence began to fly. Had Pakistan’s notorious intelligence service (the ISI) known about bin Laden’s whereabouts all along? Or was a glaring oversight simply a sign of the agency’s incompetence?
May 09, 2011
-- Jon Cohn on the legal battle over health care reform. -- Adam Serwer responds to Glenn Greenwald's argument that killing bin Laden was illegal. -- Third Way and MoveOn can agree on at least one thing: spending caps are bad.
Life In Ohio, A Continuing Series
May 09, 2011
A few days old, but I had to take note of Ohio townspeople interpreting a broken flagpole as a gesture of mourning for Osama bin Laden: An Ohio hotel has been fending off angry phone calls because a broken rope on its flagpole led some to think the business was mourning the death of Osama bin Laden. The rope left the U.S.