Killing Bin Laden was a missed opportunity to prove to the Muslim world that this mythical leader was nothing more than a vicious criminal who slaughtered innocent civilians, against all tenets of his religion.
Obama, from many accounts, will be using a tactic in his primetime speech that I would call "muddying the waters." The president is going to have a more complicated withdrawal schedule than one might have expected.
Navigating this strained relationship under the pressures of reality is hard enough. However, accounts like that of Hitchens and others here and in Pakistan, dims the prospects for salvaging a relationship that is extremely important for the United States.
Bin Laden's death was welcome and few dispute this. But it is a shame some of America's youth chose to reinforce America's sense of exceptionalism. Do they think that the life of an American is worth more than the life of another nationality?
For years US government officials as well American Muslim leaders have been saying that Osama bin Laden is not a Muslim but a charlatan. Why then, if bin Laden did not live as a Muslim, did we rush to bury him as one?