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.

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.

The Account of How We Nearly Caught Osama bin Laden in 2001
December 22, 2009

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

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.

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.

Obama vs. Osama
December 24, 2008

Has the president picked the right war?

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