Daniel W. Drezner

U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden. Discuss.

U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden.  Discuss.

I was going to title this post, "Osama bin Laden, R.I.P." but the thing is , I really don’t want him to rest in peace. 

He’s definitely dead, however.  I’ll write a longer blog post about the implications of this tomorrow, but for now, commenters should post their own thoughts about this in the comments.  For now, three quick points:

1)  If what Obama said is correct, then I’m genuinely impressed at the fact that operational security was so well preserved;

2)  Everything I’ve read about Al qaeda suggests that bin Laden’s role on the operational side was pretty limited, but this is still, to use the words of Vice President Joseph Biden, a big f***ing deal. 

3)  Peter Bergen said on CNN that bin Laden’s death is "the end of the War on Terror."  Do you think he’s right?  I’d like to think so, but my worry is that the politics of this gives some politicians a very strong incentive to ratchet up this threat.  So… is it really over? 

What do you think?