As you follow the news on the death of Osama Bin Laden today, make sure you put these articles on your reading list:
Steve Coll, The New Yorker: Notes on the Death of Osama bin Laden "On the constructive side: The loss of a symbolic, semi-charismatic leader whose own survival burnished his legend is significant… On the other hand: Al Qaeda is more than just a centralized organization based in Pakistan."
Daniel Byman, Foreign Policy: OBL is Dead, Al Qaeda Isn't "Let's begin with some notes of caution. As any expert will tell you, one of bin Laden's biggest successes is creating an organization that will survive him."
Mike Allen, Politico: Getting Osama bin Laden: How the Mission Went Down "In the biggest break in a global pursuit of bin Laden that stretched back to the Clinton administration, the U.S. discovered the compound by following one of the terrorist’s personal couriers, identified by terrorist detainees as one of the few al Qaeda couriers who bin Laden trusted."
Marc Ambinder, National Journal: The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden "From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about 30 miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan…"
George Packer, The New Yorker: Osama bin Laden: Better Late Than Never "It came almost a decade late, after far too many subsequent deaths, some necessary but most of them needless. Nor does it bring to an end anything other than the living embodiment and inspiration of Islamist terror. Still, the killing of Osama bin Laden is cause for deep satisfaction."
Adam Martin, The Atlantic Wire: Markets Surge: Bin Laden's Death as an Economic Indicator "When the initial jubilation of last night's news wears off, the economic conditions that have made for a difficult global economic recovery will still exist."
Katie Benner, Fortune: Bin Laden's Gone, But What About al Qaeda's Finances? "Contrary to popular opinion, the death of bin Laden does not strike a blow to the organization's financial health. '[Osama bin Laden] Does not support al Qaeda through a personal fortune or a network of businesses,' the [9/11] Commission wrote in its report."
Kate Zernike and Michael T. Kaufman, The New York Times: The Most Wanted Face of Terrorism "He styled himself a Muslim ascetic, a billionaire’s son who gave up a life of privilege for the cause. But he was media savvy and acutely image conscious; before a CNN crew that interviewed him in 1997 was allowed to leave, his media advisers insisted on editing out unflattering shots."