Osama bin Laden

The Loneliness of Sy Hersh
May 12, 2015

He used to be a celebrated journalist. Now, his alternate history of Osama bin Laden's death is making him a mockery.

The Account of How We Nearly Caught Osama bin Laden in 2001
August 25, 2014

We nearly captured Osama bin Laden just three months after the September 11 attacks.

Q&A: A New Book's Explosive Claims About Pakistan and Osama Bin Laden
March 20, 2014

How much did the Pakistani government know?

"Zero Dark Thirty" Has All the Depth of a John Wayne Movie
December 21, 2012

Chastain's character has the depth and personality of a placard, but if you like World War II films, you’ll enjoy this.

After Abbottabad: Navy SEALs and American Security
October 19, 2012

What's next for Navy's SEAL Team Six?

The Real and the Exaggerated in Biden’s Speech (Literally)
September 06, 2012

Biden was right about one thing: the GM bailout is one of the best arguments for Obama's reelection.

Is Bain The Game Changer? Maybe, But Not Yet
July 02, 2012

Last week’s health care decision is poised to join a long list of supposed game changers that failed to fundamentally reshape the race—from the death of Osama Bin Laden to Obama’s support for same-sex marriage. Why haven’t historic events changed the election? None alter the fundamentals of the race: poor economic conditions have lodged Obama’s approval rating beneath 50 percent, but Romney has not yet consolidated the pool of voters with reservations about Obama’s performance, at least in part due to his own deficiencies.

Who's Keeping the Race Close? Obama or Romney?
June 21, 2012

After a supposedly disastrous month of anemic jobs growth and unforced errors, Obama appears to maintain his slight advantage over Romney in national polls. The stability of the race has surprised many, particularly those invested in the daily beat of the news cycle.

Newt Gingrich Is an Author of Alternative Histories. What If He Wrote an Alternative History of Himself?
November 19, 2011

Before he was the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich had gained acclaim as the author of a number of “alternate histories,” a genre of literature that speculates how important events in the past might have turned out differently. A high-brow genre this is not. One could say that “alternate history” is to “history” what “science-fiction” is to actual “science.” Gingrich’s fans laud the research that goes into his tomes, but what they are really responding to are the feverish scenarios he conjures: Here’s Robert E.