The Political Ramifications of Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

President Obama announces the death of Osama Bin Laden late Sunday night May 1, from the White House. (Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty)

There are, of course, major political ramifications of Osama Bin Laden's death for President Obama today. He can now take credit for the killing of Bin Laden. David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, speaks with us about what Bin Laden's death will mean for Obama. 

Guests:

David Remnick

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

Charles

To The Takeaway producers and John Hockenberry:

Can you please get David Remnick back to answer a couple more questions? Please? Here are a couple of suggestions.

ONE - The New Yorker has practically led the world's press in complaining about the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques. Yet it seems that those techniques contributed to this (successful) operation to kill bin Laden. Will the New Yorker now reconsider the issue?

TWO - Seymour Hersh is one of Remnick's staff writers at the New Yorker. And Hersh has complained bitterly about the active units like Team Six within the Joint Special Operations Command. Calling them an 'executive assasination ring.' But that was the unit we are told was responsible for the bin Laden operation. Does Remnick think that Obama is operating an "executive assasination ring"?

Isn't this the way that somebody like Remnick is supposed to be questioned? That is, unless the reporter simply wants to help Remnick promote an Obama-favorable impression.

May. 02 2011 05:28 PM

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