So deeply mesmerized was I by Nicholas Schmidle's chillingly detailed, wildly intense New Yorker piece describing the Navy SEALs' momentous takedown of Osama bin Laden on that fateful night in Abbottabad back in May that I almost missed it.
Washington seems to be engaged in a wholesale post-bin-Laden ratification of business as usual, this time on steroids. Certainly, the Obama administration has a record of translating potentially propitious moments for change into strategic paralysis.
Our lazy and self-comforting reductionism says nothing about Haiti or Pakistan, and all too much about us Americans. The earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan were natural disasters, but didn't happen in a geopolitical vacuum.
The assassination of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden did more than knock off U.S. public enemy number one. It formalized a new kind of warfare, where sovereignty is irrelevant, armies tangential and decisions are secret.