OPINIONS: The Boom America is Forfeiting, # Xinhua: ‘Huge Warship on the Verge of Setting Out, Fulfilling China’s 70-Year Aircraft Carrier Dream’, # We can get the rest of Al Qaeda, too, # How Obama’s focused pursuit of bin Laden paid off, # Osama bin Laden is history. The jihad is not

May 2, 2011
By CMAC

AFP

How Obama’s focused pursuit of bin Laden paid off

Exclusive to Yahoo! News – Mon May 2, 6:21 am ET By John Dickerson Slate At approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday, President Obama announced to the nation that on his orders U.S forces had killed Osama Bin Laden. His reputation for lawyerly inaction may never recover. Obama’s critics have said that he is … Full Story »

We can get the rest of Al Qaeda, too

The Week – Mon May 2, 5:41 am ET

Killing bin Laden: What it means for the war on terrorism

Bush’s GITMO Interrogations Led to the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

It was intelligence gleaned from interrogating GITMO detainees, specifically Khalid Sheik Muhammad, that led to the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden. The name of the courier to OBL took eight years of intelligence work to identify the person and the compound.

The very techniques that Obama and Holder have stopped and fought to reverse. Obama railed against these interrogations and wanted to prosecute the CIA interrogators who led to this capture.

Hussein Obama last night:

…. I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.….

I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action…

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. ……..

Sheesh. The man is incapable of honesty or humility. Of course he signed off on it — you mean, he wouldn’t?

The New York Times reports:

After years of dead ends and promising leads gone cold, the big break came last August. A trusted courier of Osama bin Laden’s whom American spies had been hunting for years was finally located in a compound 35 miles north of the Pakistani capital, close to one of the hubs of American counterterrorism operations….

Detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had given the courier’s pseudonym to American interrogators and said that the man was a protégé of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

American intelligence officials said Sunday night that they finally learned the courier’s real name four years ago, but that it took another two years for them to learn the general region where he operated.

Marc Theissen writes here:

What else KSM and Abu Faraj have in common: Before coming to Gitmo, both were held by the CIA as part of the agency’s enhanced interrogation program, and provided the information that led to bin Laden’s death after undergoing interrogation by the CIA. In other words, the crowning achievement of Obama’s presidency came as a direct result of the CIA interrogation program he has denigrated and shut down.

Something the president forgot to mention last night, when he claimed credit for “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.” The president owes some thanks—and apologies—to the men and women of the CIA’s interrogation program.

So Guantanamo detainees provided the key intelligence that allowed the CIA to track down bin Laden. But not just any Guantanamo detainees. It turns out the detainees in question were KSM and Abu Faraj al-Libi, the man who succeeded KSM as al Qaeda’s operational commander, when the 9/11 mastermind was captured in 2003. Following KSM’s capture, Abu Faraj was designated by bin Laden as his official messenger to his operatives in Pakistan, and even moved his family to Abbottabad—the city where bin Laden was killed—to carry out that role. He continued serving as bin Laden’s messenger until his arrest in 2005.

I think it is outrageous that they bathed him and gave him his religious rites before his Islamic burial at sea. Is O nuts?

Here are the men who killed Bin Laden:

The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden by Marc AmbinderFrom Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about 30 miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers.

After bursts of fire over 40 minutes, 22 people were killed or captured. One of the dead was Osama bin Laden, done in by a double tap — boom, boom — to the left side of his face. His body was aboard the choppers that made the trip back. One had experienced mechanical failure and was destroyed by U.S. forces, military and White House officials tell National Journal.

Were it not for this high-value target, it might have been a routine mission for the specially trained and highly mythologized SEAL Team Six, officially called the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, but known even to the locals at their home base Dam Neck in Virginia as just DevGru.

This HVT was special, and the raids required practice, so they replicated the one-acre compound. Trial runs were held in early April.


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Secret Team That Killed Bin Laden

 

Railroading Wilders: His Final Remarks

The persecution of Wilders, a heresy trial, is an outrage, an attack on every freedom-loving individual on earth. Should he lose, the stealth jihad will have dealt a stunning blow to the West.

Final remarks by Geert Wilders at his trial in Amsterdam, May 2nd, 2011

Mister President, members of the Court. I recently tried to have Your Honors removed from the case for your refusal to register a statement of perjury against Mr. Hendriks. My challenge of the court did not succeed. I must accept that. I do wish to say, however, that I was more annoyed by another declaration of the President of the Court on the day of the official hearing of Mr. Jansen. He said that I was a free man, that I could not be compared to Mr. Nekschot because I was a free man.

Mister President, you could not be more wrong. For almost seven years now, I have not been a free man. I lost my freedom in 2004. I live as a prisoner with guards without you having convicted me. Without protection I am even less certain of my life than I am now. Mister President, you would not use the words “free man” if you could change places with me for one week.

Mister President, members of the court, I am here as a suspect again today. I have said so before: This penal case is a political trial. An attempt is being made here to silence a politician who speaks on behalf of one and a half million people and who already pays a heavy price for that every single day. Formally, only I stand on trial here, but in practice the freedom of speech of millions of Dutchmen is on trial.

This trial is not merely a political trial. It is also an unjust trial. When you look at the order of the court (to prosecute me) it is clear that the verdict has already been passed. The court has issued an order to prosecute me in which it concludes that I am guilty of incitement to hatred. The court has concluded that my statements as such are of an insulting nature. The court has concluded that I am guilty of the most serious charge: the incitement to hatred and discrimination. The court has concluded that it expects that the criminal prosecution will indeed lead to a conviction. Mister President, members of the court, the court has already done your job. Long before I was brought to trial before you, I was found guilty and was condemned. Hence my right to a just trial has been violated.

Alas, this is but the tip of the iceberg. Without any doubt, the judges who presided this case have conveyed a semblance of partiality. I have been denied 15 of the 18 witnesses whom I wanted to call. Every high representative of the judicial power has given his view on this case, and often to my disadvantage. But Counselor Schalken was the worst.

Counselor Schalken, who co-authored the decision to prosecute me, makes a habit of discussing my trial and arguing his case at elegant dinner parties for intellectuals. Counselor Schalken dined with my witness, Mr Jansen – note that he was one of the only three witnesses whom I was allowed to call – three days before Mr. Jansen was to be interrogated by the court. During this dinner Mr. Schalken TRIED to influence Mr Jansen. The fact that he did not succeed is irrelevant.

Mr. President, members of the court, stop this unfair, political trial. Respect our Dutch freedoms. If this trial continues, despite the fact that the principle of the presumption of innocence has been violated, and if I am convicted, not only my freedom will be infringed, but also the right of all Dutch people to hear the truth. The 19th century black American politician Frederick Douglass, the son of a slave, put it as follows: “To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

Mr. President, members of the court, I end with a quote of George Washington, who said: “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” Mr. President, members of the court, do not let this warning become reality. Stop this charade, this political trial where I have already been convicted by the court even before I was a suspect. Stop it now. If you do so, and I passionately hope you will, this will benefit freedom of speech as well as the respectability of the judicial power and the rule of law.

PICTURES: WH Correspondents’ Dinner

George W. Bush’s Statement on Bin Laden

Officials React to Bin Laden’s Death

DevGru belongs to the Joint Special Operations Command, an extraordinary and unusual collection of classified standing task forces and special-missions units. They report to the president and operate worldwide based on the legal (or extra-legal) premises of classified presidential directives. Though the general public knows about the special SEALs and their brothers in Delta Force, most JSOC missions never leak. We only hear about JSOC when something goes bad (a British aid worker is accidentally killed) or when something really big happens (a merchant marine captain is rescued at sea), and even then, the military remains especially sensitive about their existence. Several dozen JSOC operatives have died in Pakistan over the past several years. Their names are released by the Defense Department in the usual manner, but with a cover story — generally, they were killed in training accidents in eastern Afghanistan. That’s the code.

How did the helos elude the Pakistani air defense network? Did they spoof transponder codes? Were they painted and tricked out with Pakistan Air Force equipment? If so — and we may never know — two other JSOC units, the Technical Application Programs Office and the Aviation Technology Evaluation Group, were responsible. These truly are the silent squirrels — never getting public credit and not caring one whit. Since 9/11, the JSOC units and their task forces have become the U.S. government’s most effective and lethal weapon against terrorists and their networks, drawing plenty of unwanted, and occasionally unflattering, attention to themselves in the process.

JSOC costs the country more than $1 billion annually. The command has its critics, but it has escaped significant congressional scrutiny and has operated largely with impunity since 9/11. Some of its interrogators and operators were involved in torture and rendition, and the line between its intelligence-gathering activities and the CIA’s has been blurred.

But Sunday’s operation provides strong evidence that the CIA and JSOC work well together. Sometimes intelligence needs to be developed rapidly, to get inside the enemy’s operational loop. And sometimes it needs to be cultivated, grown as if it were delicate bacteria in a petri dish.

In an interview at CIA headquarters two weeks ago, a senior intelligence official said the two proud groups of American secret warriors had been “deconflicted and basically integrated” — finally — 10 years after 9/11. Indeed, according to accounts given to journalists by fivesenior administration officials Sunday night, the CIA gathered the intelligence that led to bin Laden’s location. A memo from CIA Director Leon Panetta sent Sunday night provides some hints of how the information was collected and analyzed. In it, he thanked the NationalSecurity Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for their help. NSA figured out, somehow, that there was no telephone or Internet service in the compound. How it did this without Pakistan’s knowledge is a secret. The NGIA makes the military’s maps but also develops their pattern recognition software — no doubt used to help establish, by February of this year, that the CIA could say with “high probability” that bin Laden and his family were living there.

Recently, JSOC built a new Targeting and Analysis Center in Rosslyn, Va. Where the National Counterterrorism Center tends to focus on threats to the homeland, TAAC, whose existence was first disclosed by the Associated Press, focuses outward, on active “kinetic” — or lethal – counterterrorism missions abroad. Its creation surprised the NCTC’s director, Michael Leiter, who was suspicious about its intent until he visited.

That the center could be stood up under the nose of some of the nation’s most senior intelligence officials without their full knowledge testifies to the power and reach of JSOC, whose size has tripled since 9/11. The command now includes more than 4,000 soldiers and civilians. It has its own intelligence division, which may or may not have been involved in last night’s effort, and has gobbled up a number of free-floating Defense Department entities that allowed it to rapidly acquire, test, and field new technologies.

Under a variety of standing orders, JSOC is involved in more than 50 current operations spanning a dozen countries, and its units, supported by so-called “white,” or acknowledged, special operations entities like Rangers, Special Forces battalions, SEAL teams, and Air Force special ops units from the larger Special Operations Command, are responsible for most of the “kinetic” action in Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials are conscious of the enormous stress that 10 years of war have placed on the command. JSOC resources are heavily taxed by the operational tempo in Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials have said. The current commander, Vice Adm. William McRaven, and Maj. Gen. Joseph Votel, McRaven’s nominated replacement, have been pushing to add people and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technology to areas outside the war theater where al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to thrive.

Earlier this year, it seemed that the elite units would face the same budget pressures that the entire military was experiencing. Not anymore. The military found a way, largely by reducing contracting staff and borrowing others from the Special Operations Command, to add 50 positions to JSOC. And Votel wants to add several squadrons to the “Tier One” units — Delta and the SEALs.

When Gen. Stanley McChrystal became JSOC’s commanding general in 2004, he and his intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn, set about transforming the way the subordinate units analyze and act on intelligence. Insurgents in Iraq were exploiting the slow decision loop that coalition commanders used, and enhanced interrogation techniques were frowned upon after the Abu Ghraib scandal. But the hunger for actionable tactical intelligence on insurgents was palpable.

The Week – Mon May 2, 1:45 am ET

Osama bin Laden is Dead,

But His Legacy of Terror Will Survive

The Editor

Everyone now knows that bin Laden is dead. But why have Islamic leaders hitherto failed to denounce him as an apostate, a heretic from Islam? Their silence encourages others.

Thanks go to our Intelligence and Special Operations Communities

FSM: Quote of the Day

“While it is understandable that President Obama would want to take credit for the action that killed bin Laden, it was unseemly that in his speech Sunday night, Obama implied that without his personal leadership, the death of bin Laden would not have happened. Too many people have worked to that end for almost a decade. To them – in the intelligence and special operations communities – should our thanks be directed.”

– Jed Babbin, Washington Examiner

Statement by former President George W. Bush

“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done. ”

- former President George W. Bush

Quote of the Day – May 2, 2011

FSM: Quote of the Day

Bin Laden is dead, but “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader…”

Today’s Hot Topics

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  1. Usama Bin Laden Killed in Firefight With U.S. Special Ops Team in Pakistan (FOX)

  2. George W. Bush: Osama bin Laden’s death a “victory for America” (CBS)

  3. Joyous Americans gather to mark bin Laden death (YAHOO)

  4. The U.S. anticipates al Qaeda ‘threats of retaliation’ (CNN)

  5. The Death of Terror’s Godfather (FRONT PAGE MAG)

  6. Bin Laden Between The Eyes (HUMAN EVENTS)

  7. Found ‘Deep Inside Pakistan,’ The World’s Most-Wanted Terrorist Is Dead (CNS)

  8. Jubilation fills Ground Zero, Times Square (NYPOST)

  9. Killing Bin Laden: It is a great day, but questions — and challenges — remain. (NRO)

  10. The End of the Trail? (PAJAMAS)

  11. The Most Wanted Face of Terrorism (NYT)

  12. City Cops Kick Into High Alert – Fear Of Reprisals (NYP)

  13. Bush era detainees interrogations led to Osama bin Laden

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Reliable Intelligence Needed Most Amid Middle East Chaos

James Carafano, PhD

The collapse of the Ottoman Empire produced Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Iraq and Palestine — but little peace. Only good intelligence can help to resolve conflict issues in the MidEast region.

Somali Human Smuggler Sentenced to 10 Years

Steve Emerson

A man who smuggled people into America, knowing they were tied to a terrorist group, has been jailed.

Carbon and Carbon Dioxide: Clearing up the Confusion

Paul Driessen

Let’s restore common sense to our public policy debates on energy and climate.

No Mercy: Iraqi Security Forces Attack Iranian Opposition

Lt Gen Thomas McInerney, USAF (Ret), Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret), Captain Charles “Chuck” Nash, USN (Ret)

The Iraqi government has ties to the Iranian regime, so instead of protecting Iranian refugees it is allowing its military to attack them.

Israel and the Palestinian Authority: Two Ships Passing in the Night

Gadi Adelman

The two Palestinian rival factions, Fatah and Hamas, have announced that a reconciliation deal was reached in a secret meeting in Cairo. How will this affect Israel?

Will America Survive the Threat of Islam?

Amil Imani

A former Muslim warns that America’s integrity as a nation is at risk from the uncompromising onslaught of Islamism, the same assault that historically destroyed other great nations.

President Barack Obama: Meet President Bill Clinton

Frank Hill

Last week’s presidential speech on the release of the birth certificate bears striking similarities to a famous speech made by one of Obama’s predecessors.

Osama Bin Laden is Dead. I Blame Bush.

by Bryan Preston

The 43rd president made difficult decisions that led directly to the 44th president’s decision to get bin Laden.

Bin Laden’s Dead, But It Ain’t Over

by Claudia Rosett

This is a long war, and al-Qaeda is just one part of it.

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Osama Bin Laden Dead

by The Editors

Click here for initial reaction, and check PJM throughout the day for the latest updates.

‘Funny’ Anti-Gaddafi Cartoons Reveal Rebel Racism, Anti-Semitism

by John Rosenthal

Gaddafi’s eastern Libyan opponents have been flaunting their prejudice in full view of the world’s media with little to no response.

Jimmy Carter’s Mystery Gift for Kim Jong Il

by Claudia Rosett

What did Jimmy tote along to North Korea last week as his latest tribute to the Dear Leader? (And don’t miss “Carter bombs in Pyongyang”at the Tatler.)

Obama Administration: Eager to Save Syria’s Anti-American Dictator

by Barry Rubin

Obama is wrong to believe that Assad is better for American interests than Mubarak. There is a risk of an Islamist takeover in Syria, but it is certainly lower than it was in Egypt. (And don’t miss: Stop Assad of Syria — a petition.)

In the LAPD, the Cream Rarely Rises to the Top

by Jack Dunphy

To Deflect and to Swerve: Inside the not-so-elite ranks of the LAPD’s Officers Club.

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Governments Rot When Their Citizens Let Them (Part I)

by Dan Miller

We get the worst government we’re prepared to tolerate.

In the UK, Racial Grievances Occur as Fast as Lightning

by Roger Kimball

A police spokesman tells the press, “If a victim believes that an alleged crime is racially aggravated, the police will treat it seriously. Investigations into this incident are continuing.” The incident in question? A pub singer belting out the once-innocuous ’70s hit, “Kung Fu Fighting.”

U.S. Gov’t, Media Completely Wrong on Egypt, Now Advising on Peace Process

by Barry Rubin

No apology for being wrong about the nature of the Egypt protests. Do we really want their two cents on Abbas and Hamas now?

History Rhymes at the San Francisco Chronicle

by Ed Driscoll

Yesterday, the Obama Administration punished a reporter from the same paper where he once cheerfully gave his quotes on bankrupting the coal industry and causing skyrocketing energy prices in early 2008.

Born To Be Mild

by Richard Fernandez

For the New Yorker, which defines Obama as a non-ideological leader, having the president “Leading From Behind” in Libya is a feature, not a bug.

(PJM Exclusive) Holder’s DOJ Scuttled More Terror-Related Prosecutions

by Patrick Poole

Congressional sources disclose further revelations. Is more Bush blame and media blackout on the way?

Crappy Days Are Here Again

by Stephen Green

Some think that five dollar gas and five dollar bread will ruin Obama’s election chances. I’m worried that five billion dollar gas and breadlines will ruin this country. (In a related post, don’t miss Ed Driscoll on “The 44th President and his Multiple Catch-22s.”)

Diagnosing ObamaCare

by Dr. Peter Weiss

The president’s cousin passes his considered judgment in First Do No Harm.

The Fatah-Hamas Agreement: The Failure of Obama’s Middle East Policy, and the End of the ‘Peace Process’

by Ron Radosh

This new development makes it even more than likely that with Assad in power in Syria, and Hamas in both Gaza and now the West Bank, a new Middle East war is likely to break out.

Christians Mock Gays at Shocking Easter Service

by Zombie

This is a (possibly not safe for work) Test of the Emergency Double-Standard System.

The Wild Hunt

by David Solway

Obama and his merry band are starring in their own movie.

Who Is Fighting Libya’s Civil War?

by Khaled Nasir

Beneath Gaddafi’s theatrics, Libya struggles in a tangle of loyalties.

NASA Over a Russian Barrel

by Rand Simberg

The Russians are asking exorbitant fees to transport our astronauts to the space station while preventing American private companies from doing the job.

How the West Is Being Turned into a Version of the Middle East

by Barry Rubin

The Anti-Democratic Super-Weapon is stifling free speech, using racism, sexism, and Islamophobia as political attacks.

Thanks to Obama, Gas Jumps in a Flash

by Will Collier

Thanks to the left, prices will keep on rising, too. (Update: Ed Driscoll adds, “CNN Neuters Obama” and the presidential impact on gas prices.)

President Trump Would Be an Entertaining Disappointment

by Bryan Preston

The Donald has been in the public eye for decades, but what do we really know about his political instincts?

Must-See Film on Ground Zero Mosque Controversy

by Elise Cooper

An interview with one of the producers of The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of 9/11 Attacks.

How the Obama Administration Is Using Executive Power to Support Union Goals

by Ron Radosh

The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint seeking to force Boeing to stop building a new airplane plant near Charleston, South Carolina — a “right to work state” — and to expand their current heavily unionized plant in Washington state.

Atlas Shrugged: B-Movie Production Values, Big Ideas Just Underneath

by Ed Driscoll

A warning for the rest of us; a user manual for the Obama administration.

PJM Exclusive: More Video from Syria’s ‘Great Friday Uprising’ (Content Warning)

by Farid Ghadry

(UPDATED Monday 1:24 p.m. EDT) Horror: Five-year-old girl Israh’ Youssef shot in the eye. (Don’t miss Farid Ghadry’s previous video roundup, here.)

Dr. Assad Meet Dr. Mengele

by Roger L Simon

The horrific videos on PJM today show conclusively that Syria’s president is as much a reformer as the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.

John McCain Has a Lot To Answer For on Libya

by John Rosenthal

McCain calls the Libyan rebels his “heroes.” A year and a half earlier, in Tripoli, he described Gaddafi as America’s friend.

PJM Exclusive: Video from Syria’s ‘Great Friday Uprising’ (Content Warning, Continually Updated)

by Farid Ghadry

“As an American with Syrian roots, I want the American people to witness the horror of the Assad regime.” UPDATE: Additional videos added Sunday, 8:15 a.m. EDT, including Assad’s men trying to hide bodies. We will continually update as videos arrive. Don’t miss Roger L. Simon: “Syria: What PJM Is Doing”.

At Some Colleges, Students Must Keep Their Pro-Life Opinions to Themselves

by Robert Shibley

Two egregious examples of anti-abortion literature being censored because school authorities disagree with the message.

Initial Thoughts on OBL’s Demise

by Patrick Poole

After the world’s most wanted terrorist meets justice, what happens next? And what of the U.S. alliance with Pakistan?

Bin Laden Dead: Is Pakistan Really the End of the Trail?

by Richard Fernandez

If highly placed persons in Pakistan have been instrumental in hiding Osama bin Laden there for the last several years at least, it suggests that some of the real masterminds of September 11, far from lying dead, are still at large.

Flying in the Wake of Bin Laden

by Roger L Simon

One of many horrors we all owe to the now deceased monster Osama bin Laden is that he ruined the experience of flying for the rest of our lives and no doubt beyond. (Also read “OBL’s corpse gets treated according to ‘Islamic tradition’” and “Did Gitmo terrorists provide the crucial leads to bin Laden?” at the Tatler.)

How to Create Your Own Political Scorecard

by Adam Graham

It worked for Idaho conservatives. It can work for you.

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

by Michael Ledeen

Weakness is provocative. If you lead ass-backwards, you’re going to get it kicked.

OK, Let’s Decline

by Victor Davis Hanson

Why does Mr. Obama see us in decline? Is it a wish rather than a descriptive assessment?

Donald Trump Is a Big Effing Deal

by Jazz Shaw

Just think how entertaining American politics would be if other politicians had the stones to drop a few F-bombs. (And at the Tatler, read about what might sink Trump.)

Libya’s Civil War, Arab Refugees, and Palestinian Statehood

by Moshe Dann

Factors similar to those that created the warring parties in Libya today were at play in Israel in 1948. Knowing Libya now should bring some understanding to the Palestinian “refugee” problem.

The Tea Party Goes to Washington, Sending Rand Paul There as Well

by Tom Bowler

Rand Paul’s new book celebrates the unexpected libertarian uprising that exploded onto the American political scene as a force to be reckoned with.

Do We Want To Be Fooled?

by Bruce Bawer

The recent 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, the author of the bestselling Three Cups of Tea, has prompted me to reflect on the question: why was this guy a household name and international hero?

Is Obama Deliberately Trying to Destroy America?

by Barry Rubin

It tells something about how bad a lot of the administration’s policies are that such a conclusion is possible. Nevertheless, it’s not correct.

Wikileaks: U.S. Funded Syrian ‘Liberal, Moderate’ Islamists

by Ryan Mauro

In an effort to undermine the Assad regime, the State Department gave millions of dollars to what they define as “liberal and moderate” Islamist groups.

The West Can Shorten Syrian Regime’s Deadly Campaign

Amir Taheri

The West could do more to help Syrian protesters and hasten the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • Are the Xbox and Kinect saving Microsoft?

    The Week – Mon May 2, 2:15 am ET

    New York – Microsoft’s latest earnings report was boosted significantly by its booming video-gaming division — but its long-term future is far from assured Full Story »

  • Bin Laden dead, but will the War on Terror live on?

    The Nation – Mon May 2, 1:30 am ET

    The Nation — The killing of Osama bin Laden is a triumphant moment for President Obama and the CIA, allowing a symbolic claim to victory in the War on Terror, bringing an understandable feeling of closure for the victims of 9/11, and will almost certainly assure the president’s re-election in 2012. Full Story »

  • The Nation — Put aside, for the time being, the fact that the United States—with a $80 billion a year intelligence system, a $600-billion-plus military budget, and a vast law enforcement apparatus—couldn’t find and kill Osama bin Laden for more than fifteen years, including ten years since 9/11. Full Story »

  • With Osama bin Laden Dead, It’s Time to End the War on Terror

    The Nation – Mon May 2, 12:47 am ET

    The Nation — In a dramatic, yet sober, Sunday night address to the American people, President Obama announced the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. He reminded us of the horror, the grief, the tragedy and senseless slaughter of September 11, 2001. He reminded us of how, in those grim days, “we reaffirmed our unity as one American family…and our resolve to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice.”  Full Story »

Osama bin Laden is history. The jihad is not. »

by David Horowitz

Symbols are important, and the death of the symbol of Islamic jihad is important. But the jihad will go on. …

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What Osama’s Assassination Tells Us About the War on Terror »

by Ryan Mauro

A success that will unearth critical intelligence about our enemy….

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A “Momentous Achievement” »

by Rick Moran

A bold U.S. military operation brings down Osama. …

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Why It Took Ten Years »

by Nonie Darwish

How many Muslims preferred to protect Bin Laden rather than hand him over to America?…

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The Palestinian Case Against Israel Is A Genocidal Lie »

by Frontpagemag.com

Our half-page ad exposes the Palestinian case against Israel for what it is: Nothing but lies….

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NATO Aims to Kill Qaddafi »

by Joseph Klein

Violating the UN mandate and openly pursuing regime change wasn’t part of the deal….

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Lara Logan in Her Own Words »

by Phyllis Chesler

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  • Live video of Obama’s bin Laden announcement

    The Week – Sun May 1, 7:30 pm ET

    New York – The president addresses the nation about the latest in the hunt for the al Qaeda mastermind Full Story »

  • FROM NOBODIES TO NOMINEES

    David Shribman – Sat Apr 30, 8:02 pm ET

    WASHINGTON — The conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama cannot be beaten. The root of this wisdom is the aphorism, sometimes attributed to former New York Gov. Benjamin B. Odell Jr. and sometimes to former House Speaker Joe Cannon, that you can’t beat somebody (Obama) with nobody (any one of the dozen Republican nobodies, male and female, Trump and trumped). Full Story »

  • VIVID IMAGES OF SOUTHERN RACISM ARE BLURRED BY TIME

    Cynthia Tucker – Sat Apr 30, 8:02 pm ET

    WASHINGTON — Last week, Haley Barbour, the affable governor of Mississippi, became the first to drop out of the preliminary race for the Republican nomination for the presidency. He said he didn’t have the “fire in the belly” necessary to withstand the punishing rituals of the campaign trail, but political observers added other reasons, including his family’s resistance to having their lives upended. Full Story »

  • The Tables Turn in Town Halls, and Maybe DC

    The Nation – Fri Apr 29, 3:27 pm ET

    The Nation — In the summer of 2009, raucous town halls were a central turning point in the healthcare reform debate, as angry constituents bombarded legislators with furious monologues and protests over the legislation. Full Story »

  • Why Israel and Obama should welcome Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

    The Christian Science Monitor – Fri Apr 29, 2:40 pm ET

    The Arab Spring for freedom that first bloomed in Tunisia last December just keeps unfolding. And each new blossom in the Middle East and North Africa raises this difficult question: Full Story »

Hunt for Bin Laden  

Firemen in Times Square celebrate the news that Osama Bin Laden has been killed: Revelers gathered in Washington D.C. and New York to mark a decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda leader.

 

How America celebrated bin Laden’s death: A slideshow

May 2, 2011, at 11:26 AMRevelers gather in Washington D.C. and New York City to commemorate the long-awaited conclusion of the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden

Birther Movement  

Donald Trump sits seemingly unamused during the White House Correspondents' dinner Saturday as Seth Meyers and President Obama joke about his birtherism fixation.

 

Obama mocks Trump: Did The Donald get what he deserved?

May 2, 2011, at 11:06 AMPresident Obama roasted the potential candidate and “birther” conspiracist at the White House Correspondents’ dinner — to the consternation of a “stone-faced” Trump

Hunt for Bin Laden  

President Obama announces to the world late Sunday night that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. military in a compound near Islamabad, Pakistan.

 

The president’s bin Laden announcement: Did he nail it?

May 2, 2011, at 10:01 AMObama informed Americans of the al Qaeda leader’s death in an unexpected televised address. Did his tone do justice to the extraordinary occasion?

Immigration Reform  

New York City Mayor said Sunday the immigration problem can solve Detroit's dwindling population problem: Send all incoming immigrants to the Motor City for five to 10 years.

 

Petty controversy: Should we send all immigrants to Detroit?

May 2, 2011, at 9:45 AMMichael Bloomberg says if immigrants really want to come to America, let them…. rebuild Motor City. Um, was he being serious?

Hunt for Bin Laden  

Edward Morrissey

 

We can get the rest of Al Qaeda, too

May 2, 2011, at 9:41 AMThe crisis of confidence caused by Bin Laden’s death is the bigget blow America could deliver against radical Islam

Hunt for Bin Laden  

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The latest tweets on ‘Osama bin Laden’

May 2, 2011, at 7:45 AMUnfiltered, real-time commentary from the world at large

Jersey Shore  

"Geordie Shore" cast member James certainly resembles the "Jersey Shore" originals, but does he also spend his days doing GTL (gym, tan, laundry)?

 

Britain’s ‘bizarro’ ‘Jersey Shore’

May 2, 2011, at 7:15 AMIn “Geordie Shore,” eight party-loving Britons try to replicate the magic of Seaside Heights. But can anyone compete with Snooki and The Situation?

Microsoft  

Though Microsoft took a hit with its Window's operating system, it's making a profit in the gaming world with XBox and its Kinect controller.

 

Are the Xbox and Kinect saving Microsoft?

May 2, 2011, at 6:15 AMMicrosoft’s latest earnings report was boosted significantly by its booming video-gaming division — but its long-term future is far from assured

Hunt for Bin Laden  

Osama bin Laden, pictured here in 1998.

 

Killing bin Laden: What it means for the war on terrorism

May 2, 2011, at 5:45 AMAmerica’s No. 1 enemy is dead. Does that mean we can declare victory?

U.S. Opinion  

A woman surveys the damage of Thursday's tornados in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where 900 people have been injured and, unofficially, more than 40 people killed.

 

The South’s devastating tornadoes: By the numbers

April 29, 2011, at 5:39 PMThe death toll climbs above 300 after terrifying storms ravage Alabama and other southern states. Here, a statistical snapshot of the damage

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U.S. Opinion  

This week the world welcomed the modern era of Briton's monarchy; Obama shared his birth certificate; Trump stayed on top; Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke to the public; Tornados ripped the South; violence escalated in Syria; the U.S. questioned the Palestine peace deal.

 

Weekend talking points: 7 top stories

April 29, 2011, at 5:22 PMWhat happened this week? Royals wed spectacularly, Obama attempted to silence birthers (and Donald Trump), and historically violent storms rocked the South

The 3D Revolution  

Werner Herzog (right) filming "Cave of Forgotten Dreams": The German director's foray into 3D technology takes viewers into a Paleolithic cave in Southern France.

 

Werner Herzog’s ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’: A new dimension for 3D?

April 29, 2011, at 4:40 PMCritics are saying the arty German director’s “enveloping” new documentary makes better use of 3D than by-the-numbers blockbuster fare

Barack Obama  

Obama is viewed as "the other," just as Mitt Romney, a Mormon, would have been just a few decades ago, says Timothy Egan at The New York Times.

 

Why some Americans still see Obama as foreign

April 29, 2011, at 4:14 PMOur country has long been slow to accept any public figure who seems too ‘exotic,’ says Timothy Egan at The New York Times

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NASA  

The Endeavor's astronauts, including Gabrielle Giffords' husband Commander Mark Kelly (right), were all suited up but the launch was postponed for technical reasons.

 

Why was the Endeavour launch postponed?

April 29, 2011, at 3:01 PMThe space shuttle was scheduled to begin its final mission Friday afternoon, but lift-off has been pushed back until Monday at the earliest

The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden – Marc Ambinder, National Journal
Detective Work on Courier Led to Breakthrough – Mazzetti & Cooper, NYT
10 Thoughts on Osama’s Death – Toby Harnden, The Telegraph
Some Embarrassing Questions for Pakistan – Simon Tisdall, The Guardian
Bin Laden’s Death Brings Closure – David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics
Debt Ceiling Folly – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
Economic Growth Key to Reducing Debt – James Glassman, National Review
Organizing Now, Dems Expect Tough 2012 Bid – John Harwood, NY Times
Can Daniels Jump to Front of GOP Pack? – Mary Beth Schneider, Indy Star
Obama’s Perilous Assault on the Rich – Clive Crook, Financial Times
Our Kind of Class Warfare – P.J. O’Rourke, Weekly Standard
Bernanke Rolls the Dice – Robert Samuelson, Newsweek
U.S. Gas Prices Get Closer to Europe’s – Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The War on Terror is Over – Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast
Al-Qaeda is Still a Threat – Greg Miller & Joby Warrick, Washington Post
Lara Logan Breaks Her Silence – Scott Pelley, CBS News
Paul Clement, DOMA, and Legal Integrity – Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics
RCP Video: Obama | USNA Commandant | Phillies Fans | Buried at Sea
Election 2012: GOP Candidates React to News of bin Laden’s Death

Editorials

We Remembered, We Pursued, We Prevailed – New York Daily News
bin Laden’s Death: A Moment of Unity – Boston Globe
HHS Targets a Drug CEO in a Troubling Precedent – Wall Street Journal
The Economy Slows – New York Times


About Those Oil Subsidies
Randall Hoven
It turns out that they are all tax “breaks.” I even hesitate to call them “breaks” because some of them amount to little more than Congress defining accounting terms. More

Professors Gone Wild
Stuart Schwartz
The federal government, led by the largest contingent of academics ever to inhabit the Beltway, is failing More

Obama’s Illegal Lottery
William A. Levinson
Obama’s documented use of internet gambling to raise money for his 2008 campaign could end his presidency at the convenience of any member of Congress who turns it into An Issue That Won’t Go Away. More

The Inconsistent Liberal Mind
Peter Heck
Intellectual honesty is not the order of the day in the modern liberal mind — a place where if it weren’t for double standards, there seemingly would be no standards at all. More

The Boom America is Forfeiting
Jeffrey Folks
Australians are partying like it’s 1999, but for Americans it’s more like 1937. The blame can be laid at the feet of Obama and the Democrats. More

Are Democratic Elections Feasible in the Middle East?
Robert Weissberg
After the Ottoman Empire’s demise following WWI, Britain installed monarchies in the region as the “natural” political arrangement. Maybe a benign authoritarian regime is not so terrible in the context. More

Obama’s Hockey Stick: The Federal Debt
Greg Richards
We aren’t dead yet, but this is one trend that truly spells crisis ahead. More

A symbolic death with great meaning (updated)
May 02, 2011
What does Osama bin Laden’s death mean? More 

Brother of Iranian dissident leader in U.S. abducted in Paris
May 02, 2011
Denied asylum in the US after escaping from Iran More

Xinhua: ‘Huge Warship on the Verge of Setting Out, Fulfilling China’s 70-Year Aircraft Carrier Dream’
May 02, 2011
The title is a translation of the caption for photos circulated on April 7, 2011 by Xinhua, the New China News Agency. More

Pakistan braces for terrorist onslaught from Taliban and other extremists
May 02, 2011
“Turbulent times” on the way for Pakistan. More

Was Osama’s burial at sea Islamically correct?
May 02, 2011
Why not wrap him in bacon and feed the corpse to wild dogs? More

Obama’s Osama speech: once again he goes for the reverb (updated)
May 02, 2011
No Oval Office address — not enough hard surfaces and space to lend godlike reverneration to his voice. More

Pakistan has some explaining to do
May 02, 2011
What was bin Laden doing living comfortably in a city with a large military base and in a neighborhood with many retired Pakistani military officers? More

Osama’s Dead; Obama Re-elected?
May 02, 2011
Expect a bump in the poll numbers — for a while. More

The Racism Racists
May 02, 2011
It seems the Left has chosen its 2012 presidential campaign theme: racism. But a legitimate question to ask is: who are the real racists? More

Obama and Susie’s Lemonade Stand
May 02, 2011
Susie, of the Verizon television commercial, meet Barack Obama. More

CEO of Black Chamber of Commerce Says Obama is ‘Dangerous’
May 02, 2011
This past week Obama’s house of cards started tumbling down. More

Fill’er up at Sinopec and Gazprom
May 02, 2011
What Exxon does with its “obscene” profits. More

 


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