October 15, 2013 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton has not said for sure if she is running for president in 2016. Joe Biden has not said for sure if he is running for president in 2016. Into that Democratic vacuum rides the wink-wink, nudge-nudge part of campaign 2016. On Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted a source as saying that Clinton used a Q-and-A period after her closed-to-the-public speech in the city to note that she had backed the raid that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden. Not incidentally, the source said, the former secretary of State noted several times that Vice President Biden had opposed it. Clinton's team had insisted that no video or recordings be made of her speech, a familiar demand from her camp.
August 29, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A Pakistani appeals court on Thursday overturned the 33-year jail sentence of Shakeel Afridi, a doctor widely credited with helping the CIA track down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011. Afridi remains in the central jail in Peshawar, where the appeal was heard, while awaiting a new trial. U.S. officials consider Afridi a hero for his assistance, and his arrest and harsh sentence for allegedly helping militants further strained ties between Washington and Islamabad already damaged by the Bin Laden raid.
August 22, 2013 |
Prominent commentators, including Leslie Gelb, John Bolton and Bret Stephens, are counseling the Obama administration to swallow its qualms about the military coup in Cairo and embrace the generals as the best alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is what might be called the "son of a bitch" theory of international relations, after the apocryphal comment supposedly made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt about Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza: "He may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.
August 7, 2013 |
Last year, in the heat of his campaign, President Obama boasted that he had put Al Qaeda "on the path to defeat. " This year, with 19 U.S. consulates and embassies closed and the State Department issuing vague warnings against travel anywhere in the world, Al Qaeda suddenly seems resurgent - and as frightening as ever. So which is it: defeated or resurgent? Neither, really. Al Qaeda hasn't gone away, but it has changed - in a way that makes it less dangerous for Americans at home, but more dangerous for Americans who live in the Middle East and Africa.
July 28, 2013 |
"This is a great time to be a white-collar criminal. " An assistant U.S. attorney I know startled me with this remark in 2002. The bulk of her FBI investigators, she explained, had been pulled off to work on terrorism, which left traditional crime investigations sorely understaffed. Little has changed since then. For more than a decade, the U.S. government has been focused on one type of threat above all others: terrorism. This obsession has not only been used to justify an erosion of Americans' privacy, it has opened them to other dangers and, paradoxically, made it easier for terrorists to achieve success.
June 5, 2013 |
Who exactly is the enemy in the continuing U.S. war against terrorism? In some cases, the answer is: It's a secret. When the United States began its war against Al Qaeda after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the identity of the enemy was clear: Osama bin Laden and his followers, and the Taliban who protected them in Afghanistan. Congress quickly passed a resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against anyone who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the 9/11 attacks, plus anyone who harbored them.