Osama bin Laden
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.
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.
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 Battle for Tora Bora
December 22, 2009
Four days before the fall of Kabul in November 2001, Osama bin Laden was still in town. The Al Qaeda leader’s movements before and after September 11 are difficult to trace precisely, but, just prior to the attacks, we know that he appeared in Kandahar and urged his followers to evacuate to safer locations in anticipation of U.S. retaliation. Then, on November 8, he was in Kabul, despite the fact that U.S. forces and their Afghan allies were closing in on the city.
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.
The Plot Thins
September 29, 2009
Among those who know me well, few can remember when I covered any subjects other than Al Qaeda and the global jihad. I wrote about Osama Bin Laden when he was "Usama bin Ladin." And so since September 14, all anybody's been asking me are questions about a young Afghan immigrant named Najibullah Zazi and his alleged involvement in the first Al Qaeda cell uncovered in America since the 9/11 attacks. Here are my answers to the four most common questions I've been getting. 1. Is this just another of the government's over-hyped terror plots? U.S.