Can Only Seymour Hersh See Through the Fog of War?
I just finished reading through Seymour Hersh’s latest “blockbuster” investigatory report, published in the London Review of Books, and I’m underwhelmed. Relying primarily on a single, unnamed allegedly senior source, Hersh penetrates the fog of war and offers his omniscient …
Osama bin Laden’s Real Estate Woes
A joke from a reader:
Pakistani land records show that Osama bin Laden paid $1 million for his compound—but that was in 2005, before the real-estate bubble popped. As-is, the compound is now worth probably $250,000, and cleanup costs from a Navy …
Al-Qaeda: Hey, No Fair, You Didn’t Confront OBL on a Battlefield!
This is from a translation of al-Qaeda’s statement confirming Osama bin Laden’s death:
Even when the Americans managed to kill Osama, they managed to do ONLY that by disgrace and betrayal. Men and heroes only should be confronted …
I Guess I Should Be Glad They Didn’t Pick “Pajama Been Bloggin’”
Today’s Morning Jolt includes a great deal of venting about the president’s sudden about-face on releasing any photos of a dead Osama bin Laden, but also this note:
Somewhere, Geronimo Is Asking, ‘What Did I Do to Deserve …
Speaking Untruths, Even When the Truth Is Awesome
From the Wednesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
This Administration’s Signature: Stating Untruths Even When the News Is Awesome
Apparently the first accounts of the Navy SEALs raid on Osama bin Laden’s house were transmitted back to Washington …
A Nine-Point Bump for Obama? UPDATE: Only 1 in CNN?
We have our first poll showing the post-Osama-kill numbers for the president. And the bump seems . . . pretty modest. Maybe other polls will show a bigger bump?
Overall, 56 percent of those polled say they approve of the way Obama is handling …
No, Really, Celebrate. If This Isn’t Worth Celebrating, What Is?
The comments on lefty blogs are pretty much what you would expect. I get the feeling that grassroots conservatives feel better about President Obama’s authorization of this operation than grassroots liberals do.
Over at Salon I read:
Bin Laden …
I Like My Picks More Than Time’s ‘POTY’ Picks
Jonah finds Time’s selection of “The Protester” to be an astonishingly boring selection.
Last year, in response to the selection of Mark Zuckerberg, I wrote, “many are noting this morning, this continues a trend of odd picks, perhaps driven …
They Can Hear Us Cheering, Near and Far
Today I had an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, on why Osama bin Laden’s death – and more importantly, the message it sends around the world — is worth celebrating.
As Mentioned This Morning, ‘Show Me the Bloody!’
I don’t usually post two excerpts from the Morning Jolt, but the reaction to today’s is strong. One pretty prominent GOP figure in Washington told me my comments/rant actually changed her mind on the subject.
Show Me …
If I Object, I Suppose I’m Being a ‘Reaction Nazi’ Again
If you tell people that the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist and a major blow to the terror group most deadly to Americans is indeed reason to celebrate, you are labeled a “Reaction Nazi.” At the fine …
The Osama Raid Nearly Scuttled Obama’s Interview With Oprah
Osama’s crimes are endless, it seems. Apparently his death really complicated life for Oprah Winfrey.
Late on Sunday night, Oprah began responding to a series of fan inquiries about her seemingly perfectly-timed sitdown with the Obamas.
“Yes, awake,” she …
Think of This as Osama’s Final Photo Op
In the Tuesday Morning Jolt:
This just handed to me: Osama bin Laden is still dead.
He’s Ready For His Close-Up
ABC News’ Jake Tapper tells us that the White House has the photos . . . they’re just trying to …
OSAMA BIN LADEN DEAD. You’ve Waited Almost Ten Years to Read That.
Most of my thoughts about tonight’s wonderful news, that Osama bin Laden is finally DEAD can be found on my Twitter feed. My thoughts are messy and scattered, as I hope bin Laden is as well.
This will be …