Ahead of Obama, Posthumous Bin Laden Tape Praises the Arab Uprising

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 7:30 am

Like Tupac upstaging a younger rapper with a release from the grave, Al Qaeda has released Osama bin Laden’s final message just hours before President Obama gives a speech on the importance of the Arab uprising. In it, bin Laden praises the Arab uprising: In the recording, first shared on Islamist websites, bin Laden praises [...]

Gates: “Somebody” Knew Bin Laden Was In Pakistan

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Here’s an unusually bold statement from Robert Gates: WASHINGTON – “Somebody” in Pakistan knew Osama bin Laden was hiding there, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday. But he said he’s seen evidence that the country’s senior leadership was unaware the terror leader was in a compound a short distance from a Pakistani military facility. “I [...]

First Post-bin Laden Vote on Afghanistan War Coming on Defense Authorization Bill

By: Friday May 13, 2011 6:10 am

Lawmakers in the House will get their first opportunity soon to vote up or down on continuing the Afghanistan war since the death of Osama bin Laden. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will eventually fund $690 billion for the Pentagon and ongoing war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, passed the House Armed Services [...]

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 [...]

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