bin Laden

Local Boy Makes Good
May 04, 2011

First Read reports: Ayman al Zawahiri is by no means a shoo-in as al Qaeda's next leader. He is not liked by many in the organization, and he faces competition from at least two others, one of them an American, a senior U.S. official tells NBC News. In addition to having a face for radio, and not at all charismatic, he is not nearly as popular as bin Laden internally. He has a reputation as being arrogant," said the official.

American Psychosis
May 04, 2011

Kilgore argues that bin Laden's death does not signal the end of paranoid politics.

The Crossroads
May 04, 2011

The death of Osama bin Laden will raise the inevitable question: What are we still doing in Afghanistan? The answer, of course, is that the mission in Afghanistan is about something bigger and more ambitious than eliminating Al Qaeda’s leaders—most of whom, in any event, are probably living in Pakistan, as bin Laden was when the United States finally tracked him down. No, the mission in Afghanistan isn’t about killing Al Qaeda members.

Writing Osama bin Laden
May 04, 2011

Why have American novelists failed to tell convincing stories about terrorists?

Victory Delayed, But Not Denied
May 03, 2011

A Delta Force commander who had tracked Osama bin Laden down to Tora Bora reacts to the news of his killing: After Geraldo made the official announcement that bin Laden was dead, I leaned back, put my hand to my forehead, closed my eyes, and exhaled about ten years of self-doubt in one long breath. My eyes watered immediately.

We Came Close to Catching Osama bin Laden in 2001
May 03, 2011

Dalton Fury, Delta Force commander at Tora Bora, was tasked with hunting down bin Laden in December 2001. Ten years later, he reflects on the news of

Bin Laden, Cont'd
May 03, 2011

Another 24 hours has passed since the news about Bin Laden, but I feel the same way I did when I first heard it: Deeply satisfied and, yes, maybe even happy. Or at least as happy as one can feel about the end of a chapter that began with such sadness. I also feel enormous gratitude, and admiration, for the men and women who carried out this operation--and, more generally, carried out the war on terrorism over the last decade. Their work is not done.

Killing Osama bin Laden
May 03, 2011

James Downie explains the legal justification for the raid on Abbottabad.

When Something Goes Right
May 03, 2011

Heather Hurlburt provides three key reasons the U.S. was able to kill Osama bin Laden.

A Victory for Democratic Foreign Policy
May 03, 2011

Dobson argues that Bin Laden's death was a victory for Democratic foreign policymakers and helped cement Obama's place in history.

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