Gareth Porter: Why Kill Bin Laden Now?

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8 May, 2011

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Gareth Porter: Domestic politics dictated decision to assassinate bin Laden, not national security.

Why Kill Bin Laden Now?

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specialising in U.S. national security policy. The paperback edition of his latest book, “Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam”, was published in 2006.


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5 thoughts on “Gareth Porter: Why Kill Bin Laden Now?

  1. we will not know whether the decision to do it now was made with its best possible wag the dog effect – in that case maybe wait another year? – until the historians have the notes on the meetings. but imagine if all the helicopters had gone down, the Pakistani army blowing them out of the sky! he was taking a big chance, no? automatic cynicism blinds the cynic’s thinking.

  2. Mr. Porter is exactly right… The military knew all along where Bin Laden was. They were saving him for the right opportunity to make a big splash!! Obama needed it for domestic approval ratings!!
    It sickens me to be so cynical about my government, but Eisenhower did warn us back in the fifties to beware the military/industrial complex, and he would be one of the experts to know.

  3. A good question. Could have been done a few months back, could have been done in a few months, once they had the location it was a matter of getting the mission as right as possible. A drone was out of the question in Abbattobad, as were 2,000 pound bombs. The thing is, the entire war in Afghanistan was insane from its inception since an international police action could reign in Islamist terrorist network, which itself is what the CIA so perfectky calls blow back – blow back to one of the more monstrous acts in the latter half of the 20th century: the destabilization of Afghanistan to create the conditions under which the US then created the genii that it cannot put back in the bottle because it treated it as waste once they had done their job in making life difficult for the Russians.

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  5. As stated here at the outset:
    Campaign season has begun.
    Should come as no surprise, it was a campaign promise last time around, as was the surge against Afghanistan. Hip hip hooray, the USA has gone astray…

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