McCain’s Rejection of Torture Puts Brakes on Neocon Assault

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 11:10 am

We heard from Marcy that John McCain had a decent op-ed today in the Washington Post, denouncing torture and laying out the facts on the role of torture. He affirmed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lied under torture about key facts related to the courier which harbored bin Laden, and he also provided more information on [...]

Pakistan Will Allow Interrogation of Bin Laden’s Wives; CIA Station Chief Staying in Islamabad

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 8:05 am

In the continuing saga of public belligerence between the US and Pakistan, a senior Administration official told a story about how the President authorized a big Navy SEAL force in case the team had to “fight their way out” of Pakistan. This is a threat of war, as Scarecrow calls it, although I’d just say [...]

Under Secret Agreement, US Able to Strike in Pakistan to Kill Bin Laden

By: Monday May 9, 2011 12:51 pm

One thing I tried to stress in my discussion with Cliff Schecter on Virtually Speaking last night is that we have to check ourselves from talking about “Pakistan” in a monolithic way, as if the high-level officials in that country all have the same interests and desires and allegiances. Therefore, you can get these claims [...]

US Drone Strike Kills 8 in Pakistan, Days After Bin Laden Raid

By: Friday May 6, 2011 7:25 am

We’re supposed to believe that Pakistan is hopping mad over the violation of their sovereignty in the killing of Osama bin Laden (and yes, he’s still dead). They strenuously objected and said that the raid shouldn’t become a precedent. Mm-hm. Less than a week later, here was the response to that from the US government. [...]

Narrative on Bin Laden Raid Collapses

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 6:15 am

The official narrative on the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout has completely unraveled. First it was a hard-core firefight with precision Navy SEAL commandos encountering human shields and a hail of bullets, deftly avoiding harm and hitting their targets. Now this has devolved into a scene where the SEALs took the compound completely by [...]

Bin Laden’s Death Could Pave the Way for Peace Talks in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 2:35 pm

I really think we’re witnessing a sea change on the Afghanistan war. Not just from members of Congress who want to accelerate the drawdown or affix an endgame strategy, but from the Administration itself: The Obama administration is seeking to use the killing of Osama bin Laden to accelerate a negotiated settlement with the Taliban [...]

Obama Decides Against Releasing Bin Laden Photos

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 11:13 am

President Obama has decided not to release photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden’s dead corpse. He revealed the decision while taping an interview with 60 Minutes, which will air Sunday. Here’s his rationale: Said Obama: “The risks of release outweigh the benefits. Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, [...]

CIA Denies “Captured, Then Killed” Bin Laden Scenario

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 10:30 am

Al Arabiya went forward with a fairly surprising claim that one of Osama bin Laden’s daughters, age 12, saw her father captured by Navy SEAL commandos before being killed. Multiple news outlets have reported that the daughter saw bin Laden shot, but only Al Arabiya went this far, to say bin Laden was captured before [...]

Questions Raised About Legitimacy of Bin Laden Assassination

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 9:10 am

The shifting story on the details of the bin Laden capture has concluded with a picture that looks something like this: bin Laden was found in his room unarmed, a woman (his wife) moved toward the Navy SEAL commandos, she was shot, bin Laden resisted in some undisclosed way (perhaps looking for a weapon, perhaps [...]

Shadow Play Over Pakistani Involvement in Bin Laden Raid Continues

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 6:50 am

Leon Panetta is absolutely trying to set up Pakistan publicly. Yesterday he said in an interview that the US never told Pakistan about the forthcoming mission into Abbottabad to kill bin Laden because they would have tipped him off. Implicit in that statement is the idea that at least some Pakistani officials knew where bin [...]

OBL Odds and Sods

By: Tuesday May 3, 2011 1:31 pm

Just a few items about the bin Laden raid, some new information that we have now learned: • The White House still has not determined whether to release a photo of the corpse of bin Laden, which they have in custody. They are weighing the benefit of clarity and closure on his death with potential [...]