The Death and Deadly Legacy of Osama bin Laden
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Almost 10 years later, Osama bin Laden is dead, but the consequences of 9/11 live on. The US is still fighting two wars, and what about his effort to bankrupt the superpower? Also, President Obama visits Ground Zero to mark the death of bin Laden, and canines in combat.
Banner image: President Barack Obama (C) bows his head during a moment of silence with 9/11 first responders New York Police Department officer Stephanie Moses (L) and a firefighter during a wreath laying ceremony at Ground Zero after Osama bin Laden was killed on May 5, 2011 in New York City. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Obama Visits Ground Zero to Mark the Death of bin Laden ()
President Obama today laid a wreath at Ground Zero and met with the families of 9/11 victims. After lunching with firefighters at Engine Company 54, which he called "symbolic" of the sacrifices made almost ten years ago, he spoke about the killing of Osama bin Laden. The President said that bin Laden's death sent a message around the world that the US would neither forget nor stop until fulfilling our commitment to make sure that justice was done. Devlin Barrett reports for the Wall Street Journal.
Obama Gets a Big Win, but Is Osama a Winner Too? ()
President Obama laid a wreath at Ground Zero today, met with the families of victims and visited with police and firefighters. After Sunday's killing of the mastermind of 9/11, there's the sense of a turning point in the "war on terror," declared after the World Trade towers came down. But almost a decade later, tens of thousands have died in two ongoing wars, and the US is a nation transformed by increased security and stress on the economy. How much of a turning point is it? Did America leaders fail to understand the goals of Osama bin Laden? What's the legacy of a mass murderer? What is the appropriate way to remember what happened at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania?
- Mona Eltahawy: syndicated columnist, @monaeltahawy
- Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Foundation for Defense of Democracies
- Josh Meyer: Northwestern University
- Ken Silverstein: Open Society Institute
The Dogs of War ()
Foreign Policy magazine's Internet blog is running remarkable pictures of dogs training for combat -- bounding through ocean waves, charging at possible enemies and jumping from helicopters. One dog was part of the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan. General David Petraeus says dogs have capabilities that "cannot be replicated by man or machine." The animal which was part of Navy Seal Team 6 on Sunday could have checked for explosives, detected someone in a concealed room or run down anyone trying to escape.
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