The Pentagon today announced its “lighter” budget, which should more accurately be referred to as its reorganization of the military. It’s hard to call this a smaller budget when you look at this fact sheet. The only reason the budget gets “smaller” is the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|By: David Dayen Thursday January 26, 2012 1:50 pm|
|By: David Dayen Saturday August 6, 2011 10:45 am|
The late-night Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed up to 31 Americans and 7 Afghans killed over 20 Navy SEALs, including members of Seal Team Six, the same unit that participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday May 17, 2011 8:30 am|
The mission was launched on a less than optimal night. And it was launched when it was because the Administration worried about impending leaks.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 5, 2011 6:16 am|
The official narrative on the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout has completely unraveled. First it was a hard-core firefight with precision Navy SEAL commandos encountering human shields and a hail of bullets, deftly avoiding harm and hitting their targets. Now this has devolved into a scene where the SEALs took the compound completely by surprise, and nobody had the opportunity to fight back.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 4, 2011 5:53 pm|
Al Arabiya went forward with a fairly surprising claim that one of Osama bin Laden’s daughters, age 12, saw her father captured by Navy SEAL commandos before being killed. Multiple news outlets have reported that the daughter saw bin Laden shot, but only Al Arabiya went this far, to say bin Laden was captured before being killed. All of the sources on this appear to be Pakistani intelligence, an important caveat. This is the same Pakistani intelligence covering its tracks on whether or not they knew bin Laden’s whereabouts by saying “the whole world failed, not just us.”
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 4, 2011 7:06 am|
Leon Panetta is absolutely trying to set up Pakistan publicly. Yesterday he said in an interview that the US never told Pakistan about the forthcoming mission into Abbottabad to kill bin Laden because they would have tipped him off. Implicit in that statement is the idea that at least some Pakistani officials knew where bin Laden was hiding. Otherwise, how could they tip him off? Later that day, Panetta said to Congress – and basically allowed it to be leaked, through evidently not putting too fine a point on the secrecy of that part of the briefing – that Pakistan is either grossly incompetent or culpable.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 3, 2011 6:53 am|
The story of the frantic raid on the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad has evolved over the past 24 hours. What was a very crisp narrative full of interesting details has not held up. Here are a few examples. . . .
|By: David Dayen Monday May 2, 2011 11:40 am|
The White House considered bombing the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, but abandoned the idea out of concern for civilian casualties and a need to produce physical evidence that bin Laden was indeed killed. President Obama authorized the development of several attack plans for the killing of bin Laden, including both a bomb from above and the Navy SEAL mission that was carried out yesterday. Ultimately the SEAL mission was chosen.