05/06/2011 02:38 pm ET Updated Jul 06, 2011

Opinion: Focusing On Sideshow, Not Osama Bin Laden

The unhappy conclusion to be drawn from the last few days is that even the most extraordinary events in our history get reduced by diversionary "issues" - ginned up by media with more time than judgment, or by partisan and bureaucratic interests seeking retroactive justification, or by people who put their personal sensitivities over the most consequential events.

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