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  • Commentary posted June 2, 2011 by Marion Smith Bin Laden, Ron Paul, and the Founders

    Last month, Ron Paul said he would not have ordered the military action that ended in the death of Osama Bin Laden. In his view, “It was absolutely not necessary.” Never mind that the raid by Navy SEALS fulfilled what had been a stated U.S. foreign-policy objective since 2001, tracking down and punishing the perpetrators of 9/11; Pakistan’s “sovereignty” is more…

  • WebMemo posted May 17, 2011 by Jena Baker McNeill, Jessica Zuckerman After bin Laden: Support the PATRIOT Act

    Osama bin Laden’s death was undoubtedly a major victory for the United States and civilized society. The War on Terrorism, however, is not over—al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups will continue to stage plots against the United States, as they have done at least 39 times since 9/11. Successful counterterrorism policies, capable of stopping these threats before they…

  • WebMemo posted May 17, 2011 by Lisa Curtis After bin Laden: Do Not Retreat from Afghanistan

    The killing of Osama bin Laden should strengthen U.S resolve to stabilize Afghanistan and ensure that it does not return to serving as a safe haven for terrorists intent on attacking the U.S. homeland. While the death of bin Laden marks a turning point in the fight against global terrorism, al-Qaeda and its affiliate organizations will not dissolve immediately. U.S.…

  • WebMemo posted May 16, 2011 by Helle C. Dale After bin Laden: End the Public Diplomacy Apology Tour

    The global reaction to the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden must have taken the Obama Administration by surprise. While not 100 percent positive, the reaction to the terrorist mastermind’s killing by U.S. Navy SEALs has been one of great international relief. The presidential decision not to release the photos of bin Laden’s body—so as not to “spike the football,”…

  • WebMemo posted May 16, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., James Phillips, Sally McNamara, Helle C. Dale After bin Laden: Top Five Agenda Items for Obama’s Middle East Speech

    Last week White House Press Secretary Jay Carney promised the President would soon make a major address “on the Middle East and U.S. policy in the Middle East...to a broader audience than just the Arab world.” It is long past time for President Barack Obama to lay out a plan for how his Administration will address the historic change sweeping this part of the world. By…

  • WebMemo posted May 12, 2011 by Lisa Curtis After bin Laden: Bringing Change to Pakistan's Counterterrorism Policies

    The U.S. unilateral operation to track and kill Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan has raised several questions about the sustainability of the U.S.–Pakistan partnership in the fight against global terrorism. Relations between Islamabad and Washington were already strained, and the bin Laden operation has deepened the rift. It laid bare the enduring mistrust between the…

  • Commentary posted May 12, 2011 by Lisa Curtis Afghanistan: Don't Get Carried Away by Bin Laden Death

    The killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan has prompted calls for pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. A bipartisan group of U.S. legislators has introduced a bill demanding an accelerated drawdown of troops and regular reporting by the White House on the human and financial costs of remaining in Afghanistan. This is unfortunate. Instead…

  • WebMemo posted May 11, 2011 by Sally McNamara, Morgan Lorraine Roach After bin Laden: NATO’s Resolve Against Terrorism Must Not Waver

    Earlier this month, U.S. military personnel dispatched one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and marked a significant victory in the war on terrorism. The death of Osama bin Laden was warmly welcomed by NATO leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has rightly warned that…

  • WebMemo posted May 10, 2011 by Matt A. Mayer, Jena Baker McNeill After bin Laden: Don’t Alter Homeland Security Priorities

    Even with Osama bin Laden’s death and the approach of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, America’s homeland security priorities remain unchanged. Its national progress should have been greater. Unfortunately, Washington squandered far too much time and money because of failed and cumbersome federal oversight, the federalization of homeland security, the distribution of funds…

  • Commentary posted May 4, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Finish off al Qaeda

    As the CIA and US Special Forces root through the files taken from Osama bin Laden's mansion, his terrorist teammates have to be asking what's next for them. Stateside, of course, hysterical pundits are warning darkly that al Qaeda's revenge can't be far off. More likely, though, the organization's operatives are heading for cover -- fearful of what intelligence…

  • Commentary posted May 3, 2011 by Lisa Curtis The bin Laden Aftermath: The U.S. and Pakistan are still Stuck with Each Other

    Many things could have gone wrong. The Osama bin Laden mission could have turned out like Operation Desert One, the failed 1980 attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran that left eight U.S. servicemen dead. Instead, all of the heroic U.S. Navy SEALs escaped safely from Pakistan after taking out the world's most wanted terrorist leader.  That the U.S. soldiers…

  • WebMemo posted May 2, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. After bin Laden: Next Steps to Winning the Long War

    Mark the end of Osama bin Laden as a victory in the long war against terrorism, but as President Obama acknowledged in his address announcing the operation, the war is not over. The President and Congress should renew their resolve to finish the job, which will require continued commitment. Now is the wrong time to take the foot off the pedal in the effort to crush…

  • Commentary posted May 2, 2011 by Jim Talent ‘The Devil Has a Companion’

    When it was announced that Hitler had died, my grandmother commented: “The Devil has a companion.” Thanks to our heroic American special operations forces, the Devil has yet another companion. Many people are commenting that this event, while satisfying, portends no major change in what President Obama refuses to call the War on Terror. But it could portend such a…

  • Commentary posted May 2, 2011 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Bin Laden Op Vindicates Bush

    Justice has been done. Nearly 10 years since the 9/11 attacks that left more than 3,000 Americans dead, Osama bin Laden was killed by a small team of U.S. military personnel operating under the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency. We first want to congratulate the men and women of our military and intelligence communities, past and present, who worked tirelessly…

  • Commentary posted May 2, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Bagging Bin Laden Doesn't the End Long War

    Bin Laden died in a mansion. Hitler died inside a bunker. Both bit the dust before the wars they started were finished. The Fuehrer shot himself on April 30, 1945. While Nazi Germany formally surrendered eight days later, the war against Japan went on for six more months, and the U.S. spent the next four decades dealing with the aftermath. Today, even with bin…