Tag Archives: Osama Bin Laden

Holy hairpiece! Someone let Karl Rove out

The Wall Street Journal gave Karl Rove a bunch of pricey op-ed real estate today so he could say:

As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander-in-chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film “that’s the call I would have made.” For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are.

Here’s what Clinton actually said: “He [Obama] took the harder and the more honorable path. When I saw what had happened, I thought to myself, `I hope that’s the call I would have made.’”

Little words mean a lot. But the king of spin knows that. That’s why he leaves them out.


On the road to Abbattabad

Friend Ed shares yet another inside look at the big day.

The Arab Spring changes everything

Watching shoes dropping almost every day lately in the Arab world, I am reminded of the Renaissance, the end of the Dark Ages – when Europe dropped its centuries of dark religious tyranny and invented the modern world. If there is a parallel, this Arab Spring will be many years unfolding.

I stumbled across this earlier today before I had to leave (long day out!). It’s an interesting take on bin Laden, Al Qaeda, Pakistan – the whole mix of who, what, when, where and why. It’s in Asia Times and is a good read.

It is hard to conclude otherwise, that Bin Laden died this week because people who knew his whereabouts chose this particular moment to inform the US authorities. What has changed? The simple answer is: everything has changed. Instability in the Muslim world has reached a level that makes Bin Laden redundant.

A Bin Laden Reader


ProPublica posted this about 1:30pm; I found it helpful:

Bin Laden Reading Guide: How to Cut Through the Coverage

by Marian Wang and Braden Goyette

The death of Osama bin Laden has sent news organizations scrambling for details on how it happened, where it happened, and what it all means.

We’ve rounded up some of the best coverage, being careful to note what’s been said, what’s already being disputed, and what still remains to be seen.

How they found the most wanted man in the world:

The New York Times has a vivid account of the hunt for bin Laden in the weeks leading up to the strike, with dialogue straight from the situation room as the operation unfolded. As for the specific trail of intelligence, the Associated Press traces how detainees in both the CIA’s secret network of prisons and in Guantanamo provided clues about the trusted courier who ultimately led the United States to bin Laden’s hideaway. The AP cites former officials asserting Continue reading

Osama? Dang, but ole George W got him at last!

Thomas at Middle of the Freakin’ Road noticed something yesterday. That zany crew at Fox & Friends reported (in their own special fashion) that Bush captured Osama Bin Laden). Steve and Gretchen and that other guy were so proud of him.

I guess in this regard they have been consistent. After all, even though 9/11 took place when Bush was president, they blamed the attacks on Bush’s predecessor, Bill Clinton. So it makes complete sense in Fox World to give credit for the killing of bin Laden to Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, even if he has been out of office for two years.

Just inappropriate

The street celebrations – flags waving and the USA, USA chant – made me uncomfortable. It was ‘off’ – looked like zealotry, something we’ve seen quite enough of in places like Iran.

I think the response from the people of a nation upon ‘smiting’ the one who so grievously wounded them should be as serious as the offense and should be  somber.  It’s a serious business, not a football game.

And I hate people wrapping themselves in the flag. Also. Anyway.

Bin Ladin is dead?

wow. And it was us who got him.