Osama bin Laden

The Sudan Crisis: Obama’s Hypocrisy and Culpability
June 22, 2011

Among the many incoherencies of Obama’s foreign policy, none is more glaring and appalling than his stance toward one of the worst mass murderers of our time, Omar Al Bashir, the dictator of Sudan. Al Bashir and his totalitarian political Islamic regime have conducted two eliminationist campaigns—of mass murder, mass expulsion, and mass rapes—over 20 years, first in Southern Sudan and then in Darfur.

Defending Romneycare, Cont'd
May 12, 2011

As you may have heard, Mitt Romney will be giving a health care speech from my backyard today. OK, he's not literally speaking from my backyard. He's speaking at the University of Michigan medical campus, which is about a mile from my house. But I still feel like he's a guest and, well, I would like to be a gracious host. So let me take some time this morning to defend him from a vicious attack in the form of Wall Street Journal editorial. "Obama's Running Mate" is the headline.

How Conservative Humor Works
May 05, 2011

[Guest post by Isaac Chotiner] In his item below, Jon speculates on why liberals dominate political satire. It's a good question, but it should not obscure the fact that conservatives have their own brand of humor. Take Dennis Miller, who regularly appears on Fox News, and who last night made an appearance on Fox's biggest show, The O'Reilly Factor, to reflect on the death of Osama Bin Laden. O'REILLY: And I did recommend you as a new ambassador for Pakistan. I think that we need to send you there. And you need to be in charge and wise these people up.

The Immediate Question
May 05, 2011

David Rieff writes about America’s futile war in Afghanistan.

When Something Goes Right
May 03, 2011

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

Above and Beyond
May 02, 2011

Sean Wilentz wonders if bin Laden’s death will bring a close to the era of paranoid politics in America.

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.

Presumed Innocent?
March 24, 2010

The attacks on the Justice Department lawyers who had represented Guantanamo detainees angered me for several distinct reasons. They typified a growing culture of incivility in the politics of national security and law that I have always loathed and have spoken against repeatedly. They sought to delegitimize the legal defense of politically unpopular clients and to impose a kind of ideological litmus test on Justice Department service. They were also, at least in part, about friends and professional acquaintances.

Today at TNR (December 22, 2009)
December 22, 2009

The Battle of Tora Bora: The Definitive Account of How Osama Bin Laden Slipped From Our Grasp by Peter Bergen What the Senate Bill Actually Accomplishes by Jonathan Cohn The Best Books of the Year (That You Can’t Read on Your Kindle) by Jed Perl Do Populist Progressives Really Think They Can Make Common Cause With Conservatives? by Ed Kilgore Reporting From Islamabad: The Dangerous Rise of Anti-Americanism in Pakistan by Michael Crowley Just How Bad Is America’s Manufacturing Problem? by Noam Scheiber Did Obama Really Sidestep the UN at Copenhagen?

The Front
October 19, 2009

On July 25, Najibullah Zazi, a lanky man in his mid-twenties, walked into the Beauty Supply Warehouse in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. The visit was captured on a store video camera. Wearing a baseball cap and pushing a shopping cart, Zazi appeared to be just another suburban guy. Of course, not many suburban guys buy six bottles of Clairoxide hair bleach, as Zazi did on this shopping trip--or return a month later to buy a dozen bottles of "Ms. K Liquid," a peroxide-based product.