bin Laden

To Be Sure…
May 03, 2011

Always listen for the “to be sure” line, the caveat that reveals we may be getting things backward, or at least getting ahead of the curve. In announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama wisely put the to-be-sure front and center: “The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort.” Good. “We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.” Also good. But the point, so obvious as to be redundant the first time around, needs to be made to Americans in particular.

May 02, 2011

--Leon Wieseltier visits the spontaneous rally outside the White House --Our brains are wired to take pleasure at seeing bad people punished. Especially young men's brains. --Steve Martin imagines the eternal reward awaiting bin Laden

Better Angels
May 02, 2011

William Galston asks what the appropriate response is to bin Laden’s death.

Osama Bin Laden, Very Bad Husband
May 02, 2011

This morning I forgot to take out the trash, but if my wife is upset when she sees me tonight, I'm going to bring up this: Brennan says bin Laden was engaged in the firefight, but it was unclear if he got any shots off. He identified bin Laden as the combatant who used a woman as a human shield. She was the only woman killed in the operation.

The Immortal Terrorist
May 02, 2011

Jonathan Kay on conspiracy theories surrounding high profile “deaths.”

'Osama bin Gotten'
May 02, 2011

Leon Wieseltier makes the case for jubilation at the death of Osama bin Laden.

America Reacts to Osama bin Laden’s Death
May 02, 2011

When news broke Sunday night that Osama bin Laden was dead—killed by a team of Navy SEALs near Islamabad, Pakistan—Americans burst into the streets to celebrate. Times Square, Ground Zero, and the White House were scenes of particular jubilation. Here, we have compiled some of the most poignant images of the revelry. New York City ROTC students from NYU Ground Zero Alex, who didn’t give his last name, says he served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine.

Deep Impact
May 02, 2011

Paul Berman on understanding the symbolism of Osama bin Laden's death in the history of American democracy.

After Osama bin Laden
May 02, 2011

Louis Klarevas explores Al Qaeda’s fate post-bin Laden.

Bin Laden
May 02, 2011

Monday morning update: Elsewhere at TNR Paul Berman, Jonathan Chait, and David Greenberg have more to say. Also well worth reading are the National Journal's Marc Ambinder and the New Yorker's Lawrence Wright. By now, you have heard the news: Osama bin Laden is dead, President Obama announced in a nationally televised speech on Sunday night.  According to the president and senior administration officials, bin Laden was killed in a "targeted raid" that U.S.