With a few exceptional scenes, as when he sang “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of nine murdered churchgoers, Obama’s persuasion aims to connect with minds — sweet reason — more than hearts. And will we ever miss him when he’s gone.
If Jeb Bush wants to argue that George W. Bush did a nice job of bringing America together and trying to avoid the demonization of Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, there’s a case to be made. But W.’s record of “keeping us safe” in comparison to every other modern president is non-existent.
Ari Fleischer recalled his memories of President George W. Bush’s bold, personal promises to defeat the terrorists who perpetrated that horrible act.
Called “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf,” among the terrorist leader’s documents are works by Noam Chomsky and sports dieting tips.
Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law received the maximum sentence from Judge Lewis Kaplan, who said that the defendant failed to show remorse for the September 11th attacks.
If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security. At a moment when Americans feel threatened by rising terrorist movements and authoritarian regimes, that finding is politically salient – and proves that amnesia is the most durable affliction of our democracy. Every year around […]
By Dan De Luce Washington (AFP) — The U.S. commander who helped place special operation forces at the forefront of the American military hung up his uniform, hailing a “golden age” for the elite commandos. Admiral William McRaven, 58, rose to prominence for his role in overseeing the successful 2011 raid by Navy SEALs that […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Former President Bill Clinton told an audience in Australia that he could have had terrorist leader Osama bin Laden killed, but chose not to, because it would have meant significant collateral damage to innocent women and children in Afghanistan. Speaking the day before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks […]
By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who for five years has advocated trying terrorism suspects in U.S. civilian court only to be slapped down by Congress, took a victory lap in New York on Tuesday, proclaiming that last week’s conviction of Sulaiman abu Ghaith in Manhattan federal […]
New York (AFP) – A New York jury on Tuesday found Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting terrorists over his role as Al-Qaeda spokesman in 2001-2002. Suleiman Abu Ghaith whose three-week trial has been the most high-profile Al-Qaeda case to reach a U.S. federal court, now faces life behind […]
By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — The self-proclaimed architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks says a former al-Qaeda spokesman on trial in New York may have been “an eloquent, spell-binding speaker” who urged attacks on America, but he was not the high-level terrorist that prosecutors allege. In fact, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, […]
New York (AFP) – The terror trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman opened in New York on Monday amid razor-tight security at the Manhattan court house. Suleiman Abu Ghaith is accused of conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting terrorists in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 people. […]
Here’s a president who made all the right calls, even though his decisions were often “opposed by his political advisors” or were “unpopular with his fellow Democrats.” Here’s a president who was hesitant to rubber-stamp his military leadership’s decisions. Here’s a president responsible for “one of the most courageous decisions I had ever witnessed in […]
In a wide-ranging Tuesday morning interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” David Axelrod pushed back against charges that Barack Obama was too inexperienced to be president. In response to host Joe Scarborough’s charge that Obama was unprepared to be president at the beginning of his first term, Axelrod shot back “maybe you should go ask Osama […]
After finding the Pakistani suburb where they thought Bin Laden was hiding, the CIA wanted to be sure it was him before sending in the Navy SEALs. So they recruited a local doctor to start a fake vaccination program in an attempt to obtain the DNA of Bin Laden’s family members and thereby confirm Osama’s […]
When U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last month, they also took out his trusted courier–and recovered his cell phone. U.S. officials are now indicating that the phone links bin Laden to a militant group with intimate ties to Pakistan’s intelligence and military establishments: The discovery indicates that Bin Laden used the […]
James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious Boston mob boss who evaded the FBI for 16 years, was finally arrested late yesterday evening in Santa Monica, CA. Last month, the Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani compared Bulger, who was the inspiration for the Jack Nicholson character in The Departed, to the recently assassinated Bin […]
Former Congressman Leon Panetta, who served as budget director and chief of staff to President Clinton before being appointed to lead the CIA by Barack Obama, was confirmed in a 100-0 vote by the U.S. Senate today to take over for outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Panetta oversaw the U.S. military operation that captured and […]
The Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama Bin Laden early last month was a success in part thanks to Pakistanis who helped the Central Intelligence Agency ensure they had their man and that things went smoothly. The Pakistani government, though, always a halfhearted ally on combating terrorism, has responded by arresting these informants, adding them […]
Leon Panetta, the current CIA chief and Obama’s chosen replacement for outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, avoided getting too specific on the the size of next month’s planned withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan today when he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing. Both Panetta and the president have […]