Search Results for ""bin Laden"" : 22

by / on April 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Never Too Soon

…f the attacks, it is easy to see how one might mistake them for the kind of barbaric satisfaction people took in bin Laden’s death, and I don’t doubt that certain people – including, quite probably, many British coal miners – do feel such a satisfaction. However, there is an obvious difference between the deaths of these two public figures: Osama bin Laden’s death has historical significance, while Margaret Thatcher’s doesn’t. That is…

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by / on November 11, 2007 at 10:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Education, Media, National Security

Missing Pages

…response to the attacks and the October 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. In both Cayton and Boorstin’s books, bin Laden becomes “a prime suspect” in the plot, and is portrayed as the mastermind behind the attacks. There is little discussion on the rest of al-Qaeda’s role in 9/11, with bin Laden labeled solely responsible. Most glaringly, there is never a reason given as to why the attacks occurred.  The books characterize the…

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by / on February 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

The Many-Faced Jihad

by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb In May 2011, President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. After a decade long exhaustive manhunt, the US had finally caught the leader of the most feared jihadi terrorist organization in the world, Al Qaeda. Two months later, Defense Secretary Panetta said that the United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda.” After pouring billions of dollars into a cou…

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by / on June 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm / in Opinion, World

Pakistan and the U.S.’s Long Painful Breakup

by President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari with the Obamas Over the last week, the US-Pakistan diplomatic imbroglio has thickened. A Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, was apprehended last year for his collusion with the CIA. In Pakistan, it is illegal to be on the payroll of any foreign intelligence agency. Afridi had orchestrated a false vaccination scheme, which was actually designed to gather DNA samples on the residents of Abbottab…

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by / on August 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Enlightened or Enfeebled?

…White House on May 2, 2011 chanting “hey, hey, hey, goodbye,” cheering boisterously, gleefully at the news that Bin Laden had been killed. The question is an inevitable one: Why is it that the survivors of Breivik’s killing spree can be proud of a legal system so mild that it allows for their assailant’s parole in just 21 years, and yet Americans felt cheated that they didn’t get to see photos of Bin Laden’s dead body or enough details about the…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm / in Domestic, National Security

Obambiguous

by Illustration by Liz Lee The problem with the firmly partisan prism of the media through which most of American politics is dissected is that we lose the many nuances of our political realities. Complexities become distorted and disfigured as they are forcefully shoved into the binary classifications of party politics. Perhaps the most extreme example is the way foreign policy has almost disappeared in today’s political consciousnes…

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by / on October 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Breaking Up with Pakistan

by Dear Pakistan, It’s not you, it’s me.  I just can’t live with this situation anymore.  I know we’ve had our ups and downs in the past (our roller coaster relations used to be so thrilling,) but I don’t think I can do this anymore.  We can no longer pretend to be real allies. After the attacks in 2001, I know that I asked a lot of you.  In retrospect, my conduct may not have been quite fair. I was simply using you to get to Afghanist…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:47 am / in Asia, World

Islamabad Relations

by Illustration by Esha Maharishi From the unannounced raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound that surprised and humiliated Pakistani officials, to a badly botched NATO operation that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, 2011 was not a great year for US-Pakistani relations. Many American policymakers are dismayed that neither friendship nor financial assistance has induced Pakistan to cooperate with American objectives in South Asia. Moreover, t…

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by / on October 24, 2012 at 12:44 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Obama Spins Mitt Around the World in Round Three

by photo by Gage Skidmore Psst Mitt, this was supposed to be the foreign policy debate. I do have to hand it to the guy. If the facts aren’t on your side, you might as well make up a good story. And that’s exactly what Romney set out to do last night. In almost comical fashion, the governor at multiple times shifted the debate away from foreign policy to discuss how terrible the economy has been. He spelled out his five-point plan, re…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm / in Middle East, World

With Arms Wide Open: The Threat of Iranian Arms Trafficking

by In February, the United States Navy and Yemeni security forces seized a shipment of allegedly Iranian-made shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles heading to Houthi insurgents in Yemen. Far from a one-time incident, it is symptomatic of a larger and more disturbing trend in the region. Through the Quds force—a mix of an intelligence agency and special forces— Iran has begun providing significant support to various groups across the Mi…

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