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Who killed Osama bin Laden? Former political leaders, military brass, and intelligence chieftains are all staking their claims, as if there’s a contest that will crown a winner. If so, it’s the wrong contest. The debates about how much credit President Obama can reasonably take for the manhunt, and the faux outrage expressed by Obama’s opponents, are centered on a single, though significant, death. The much more consequential question is: Is bin Laden really gone?


Kayyem, Juliette. "Al Qaeda Loses its Way." Boston Globe, May 3, 2012.