In the dust-up following the death of bin Laden, a too-soon forgotten issue came alive again when Bush-era pols surfaced to claim that the "enhanced interrogation" (read torture) of detainees gave us crucial intelligence.
President Obama led from the front on getting rid of Osama bin Laden. But he leads from behind on jobs and the economy. Obama needs to lead against the big banks, Wall Street, and the multi-nationals off-shoring for easy profits.
Let's forget about who is an "agent" of who. Let's not allow every conversation after an incident to devolve into random whodunit speculation. Let's stop trying to focus on who killed how many people and why. That's not in our control.
The choice of al-Adel, and the unclear status of Ayman al-Zawahiri, offer some insights into the current state of the organization and the challenges it faces in a post-bin Laden world. Here are the key takeaways.
While direct evidence of recent involvement of the Pakistani government intelligence with Bin Ladin has yet to emerge, his collaboration with Bosnia's government during the bloody civil war of 1992-95 was well known to American intelligence.
The most effective way to critically disable the Taliban is to drastically reduce their income and delegitimize them among local populations. What has not been achieved on the battlefield may yet be accomplished in the marketplace.
With the killing of bin Laden and the uncertainty of Pakistan's role, some U.S. lawmakers questioned the wisdom of continuing the multi-billion dollar aid program to Pakistan. What would happen if we left Pakistan to China?
It was a primitive form of surgery. 10 years ago, the U.S. stuck a knife deep into Afghanistan in an attempt to remove two malignancies -- al Qaeda and the Taliban. With bin Laden gone, the debate has intensified: What to do with the knife?