May 13, 2011
YOU CAN only ask the families of the dramatically increased number of dead and injured Philadelphians whether Mayor Nutter's brownouts "saved money without endangering anyone" as the Daily News stated in its May 11 endorsement of the mayor's bid for a second term. That statement is nonsense refuted by the DN 's own reporting. Weeks ago, City Controller Alan Butkovitz released information concluding that the brownout closing of fire stations did NOT reduce costs, that they actually increased and will continue to increase under the Nutter directive.
May 7, 2011 |
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan - In the end, almost nothing that people thought they knew about Osama bin Laden's life in hiding turned out to be true. There was no special guard of commandos protecting him. He wasn't hidden away in Pakistan's wild tribal regions. He didn't spend his final years as the world's most wanted fugitive in the company of al-Qaeda followers trained in the many camps he'd sponsored before the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead, bin Laden's last hideout was a dusty compound less than a mile from Pakistan's premier military academy, a place where he was confined to the house for five years with at least one of his wives and several children.
May 3, 2011 |
"Al-Qaeda. Bin Laden. Old news. This is the time to move forward. " So said President Obama's counterterrorism adviser John Brennan on Monday, and his words couldn't be more true. For Americans, for President Obama, for the landscape of security threats we face, for the war in Afghanistan, bin Laden's death is a game changer. Yes, there is still a terrorist threat, but the death of this killer changes so much in such fundamental ways. For Americans, this news is like the lancing of a huge boil that finally allows a wound to heal.
August 1, 2010 |
'Now those guys have been getting billions of dollars in foreign aid from our country and they have been playing us like a violin. [Former Pakistani President Pervez] Musharraf basically was not taking this stuff seriously, and that's going to change when I'm president. " So I was told by Sen. Barack Obama on March 24, 2008. It was the first of four occasions I have had conversations with him, each time focusing on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and U.S. relations with Pakistan. The recent release of more than 90,000 documents by WikiLeaks raises the question of whether President Obama, like his predecessor, is also being played like a violin.
April 18, 2008 |
America wants to know. And from Albania to Zimbabwe, so does everyone else. Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? asks, but does not answer, this question. Maybe because filmmaker Morgan Spurlock poses the query purely for rhetorical effect. Spurlock? He's the affable documentarian who made Super Size Me , subsisting on Big Macs for a month - to prove that fast food makes you fat. He's the folksy figure who visits Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Afghanistan and Pakistan ostensibly hunting for al-Qaeda's architect - to prove that Osama is one slippery mountain viper.
April 16, 2008 |
MORE THAN 130,000 Pennsylvanians joined the Democratic Party in the days and weeks leading up to our March 24 registration deadline. I wasn't one of them. I'm still a Republican, and while I won't have a vote in the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, like everyone else, I have an opinion as to the better of the two. It's Obama. I've watched virtually all the Democratic debates. Spent time reading the policy papers. Read each of their memoirs. There are few discernible differences between the two on the issues (she wants an individual mandate on health care; he's more anxious to leave Iraq)
January 4, 2008
YOU CAN tell a lot about your paper by the ridiculous letters you choose to print. Marc Golde puts forth the worn-out idiotic conspiracy that the Bush family is in cahoots with the bin Laden family. He whiningly asks why Bush hasn't caught Osama. Marc, it's Bush's job to hire good people to find bin Laden, and he did that. Gen. Tommy Franks was at the helm when bin Laden slipped away in Tora Bora, and Franks was a great commander and gave years of his life to serve the American people.
August 16, 2007 |
Allies move on Tora Bora, where Osama once hid BAGRAMI, Afghanistan - Hun- dreds of U.S.-led troops have launched an offensive against al Qaeda and Taliban militants in an area of eastern Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden once hid, officials said yesterday. A bomb attack near the capital, meanwhile, killed three German police officers assigned to protect their country's embassy, and a British national was shot and killed in Kabul. The offensive involving ground troops and airstrikes in the Tora Bora region of eastern Nangarhar province is targeting "hundreds of foreign fighters" who are using dug-in fighting positions, said coalition spokeswoman Capt.
March 31, 2006 |
Strength and Wisdom. It's the campaign slogan that Democrats should adopt for the forthcoming midterm elections and the 2008 presidential campaign. In a 2004 speech, former President Clinton emphasized the theme: "Their opponents will tell you we should be afraid of John Kerry and John Edwards because they won't stand up to terrorists. Don't you believe it. . . . Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. They move hand in hand. " Republicans did a masterful job of convincing Americans that Kerry and Democrats didn't care about national security.
March 9, 2006 |
RAFTER 9/11, IT WAS Gary Berntsen's job to get Osama bin Laden. Picture a real-life Jack Bauer. Strong. Focused. Committed. A guy who probably knows how to kill you with his car keys. More than 23 years as an officer in the clandestine service of the CIA. In his new book, "Jawbreaker," he says he stopped dozens of bombings and assassinations. He'd learned about al Qaeda when investigating the East African embassy bombings in 1998. In 2000, he was sent to Afghanistan to try to capture a key bin Laden lieutenant and to find out what their plans were.