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3rd May 2011 - The Washington Times

Death of Osama bin Laden: Are We Safe Now?

In the age of irregular warfare following Sept. 11, 2001, measuring victory has proved difficult and politically contentious. But no one can argue with Sunday night's news:

3rd May 2011 - Standpoint

Eastern Mispromise

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Now does not appear to be the best moment for a new Middle East peace initiative. President Barack Obama's stubborn insistence on a full Israeli freeze of construction projects beyond the Green Line has given the Palestinian Authority an excellent excuse not to resume peace talks with...

3rd May 2011 - Hudson New York

The Death of Osama bin Laden: What Does It Mean?

The most obvious question today is: Is America safer? The death of one man, even as important as bin Laden, is far less important than the broader geostrategic questions of regional politics, and the issue of government-sanctioned safe-haven. Objectively, al Qaeda posed the greatest threat...

3rd May 2011 - The Wall Street Journal

The Slaughter That Muslims Could Not Ignore

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Like all fundamentalists, Osama bin Laden was attuned to the past. When his speeches weren't about the economic decline of America, they recalled Islam's classical age, especially the rise of the Prophet Muhammad through the Rashidun ("rightly-guided") period, which ended in 661.

3rd May 2011 - The Weekly Standard

Did Enhanced Interrogation of the 20th Hijacker Help Identify Bin Laden’s Courier?

Thomas Joscelyn

The exact identity of Osama bin Laden’s courier, who unwittingly led to his boss’s demise, remains to be confirmed, but CNN reports that it was a Kuwaiti known as Abu Ahmad al Kuwaiti.

3rd May 2011 - The PJ Tatler

They Keep “Updating” the Story

Michael Ledeen

So I have questions. I don’t attend press briefings, so any of you who do can ask them:

3rd May 2011 - The Weekly Standard Blog

Another Version of the Osama Bin Laden Courier Story

Thomas Joscelyn

Yet another version of how U.S. intelligence officials identified Osama bin Laden’s courier has been published. Again, we need confirmation from intelligence officials to determine which details are true. It is not at all clear at this point how this went down.

2nd May 2011 - Politico

More pressure on Pakistan? What about Yemen?

Bill Roggio

The U.S. special ops strike that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, during a daring raid deep inside Pakistan, is a major victory against the terrorist group. The death of bin Laden, who took the lives of thousands of Americans in a campaign lasting...

2nd May 2011 - National Review Online

A Different Kind of Justice

‘Justice has been done.” That was President Obama’s succinct assessment of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special-ops forces, carried out at his direction on Sunday. “We will be true to the values that make us who we are,” he said. Those values are what led him to pronounce...

2nd May 2011 - The New Republic

The Immortal Terrorist

Jonathan Kay

Many Sri Lankans understand the sense of relief and elation that Americans are experiencing following the death of Osama bin Laden. On May 18, 2009, Sri Lankan troops cornered and killed the country's own bin Laden: Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. As in the case of bin Laden,...

2nd May 2011 - National Review Online

Bin Laden, No More

John Hannah

Bin Laden’s death at the hands of a small team of American ninjas deep in Pakistan sends the world — especially our enemies — a powerful and much-needed reminder of some essential American attributes: courage, audacity, resolve, competence, honor, patriotism, loyalty, lethality.

2nd May 2011 - Foreign Policy

Don’t Get Cocky, America

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Osama bin Laden's death is a significant blow for al Qaeda, removing a figurehead who had evaded the largest manhunt in world history for almost a decade, and who seemingly managed to remain operationally relevant up until he was killed. In the torrents of commentary that will follow his...

2nd May 2011 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Emir Osama bin Laden Confirmed Killed by US Forces in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

US officials have confirmed that Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda's top leader, was killed during an early morning raid by US forces in Pakistan today.

2nd May 2011 - The Weekly Standard

Osama Bin Laden’s Death a Victory for Joint Task Force-Guantanamo

Thomas Joscelyn

A lot of parties inside the American government, from President Obama on down, will rightly claim credit for the demise of Osama bin Laden. But one party, in particular, deserves mention because its members have been repeatedly demonized in the press: the Joint Task Force Guantanamo...

2nd May 2011 - The Weekly Standard

The Hamas-al Qaeda Alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

While most of the world celebrates the U.S. military operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the sentiment is not unanimous. In the Gaza Strip, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has condemned the United States, accusing Washington of assassinating a “Muslim and Arabic...

2nd May 2011 - National Review Online

‘We Removed the Taliban’?

One aspect of President Obama’s speech last night — part of the “If it’s on my watch I did it, if it’s on Bush’s watch we did it” theme — is particularly grating.

2nd May 2011 - National Review Online

The bin Laden Bump

A recurring question I’m getting today is whether Osama’s demise equals Obama’s political coup. Duh. Of course the president will get a bump in the polls, and he will deserve it. It will also be very short-lived.

1st May 2011 - Politico

Osama bin Laden Killed

Clifford D. May

A battle has been won in a war that is far from over. Osama bin Laden’s death brings a small measure of justice. It has taken too long – but at least bin Laden won’t be around to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. That deadline was fast approaching.

1st May 2011 - Faster, Please!

It’s Not ‘Leading From Behind’; It’s ‘Leading WITH the Behind’

Michael Ledeen

Because President Obama has got it ass-backwards. Ryan Lizza in the New Yorker says that our seemingly incoherent policy — which Krauthammer calls “ad hoc” — is driven by two ideas: “that the relative power of the U.S. is declining, as rivals like China rise, and that the U.S. is...

30th April 2011 - National Review Online

‘Here’s to al-Qaeda’

Nearly 20 years ago, I asked the late William Kunstler about his philosophy of lawyering. A flamboyant leftist who proudly represented jihadists just as he proudly represented many other anti-American radicals, Bill succinctly replied, “Everybody’s entitled to a lawyer, but nobody’s...

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