Archive for June 9, 2011
The Associated Press is reporting that the May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan compound has resulted in a treasure trove of information for American intelligence.
While intelligence sources stop short of gloating that they have destroyed al Qaida, the article by Kimberly Dozier clearly indicates CIA officials and others feel they have the upper hand in this battle of the war.
(Kimberly Dozier’s byline indicates that she is the “AP Intelligence Writer”. How cool would that job title be? Looks good on a business card.)
Navy SEALs retrieved five computers, 10 hard drives, 110 jump drives and a handwritten journal from the bin Laden compound.
Analysts (speaking anonymously) report that there is a complete chain of emails and other documents that shed light on the relationships between the various operatives and hangers-on in the al Qaida organization. They think two al Qaida members have altered travel plans to avoid what they believe is an impending U.S. raid.
Does anyone think that torturing bin Laden would’ve provided more information than what analysts say they are getting from him now, even in death?
On April 15, 2011, House Republicans voted almost unanimously for the Paul Ryan budget, thus putting their legislative seal of approval on the plan…and putting their political hides on the line for it, too. Republican strategists, spinners and talking heads immediately began trying to sell the plan to voters by saying Ryan’s plan was “courageous,” and the American public “grasped the necessity of getting serious about the deficit.”
Almost two months have passed, and by now the polling trajectory has become clear enough to show us whether all those careful talking points were effective. Do the Republicans really have the public with them on this? The most telling indicator of opinion on most issues is how polling begins to arc either upward or downward from its early baseline. (more…)