2011 Is History: Looking Back at a Tumultuous Year

Friday, December 30, 2011

Egyptian demonstrators hold up a huge national flag with the slogan 'Leave, Egypt is bigger than all of you' written on it in Arabic in Cairo's Tahrir square on November 25, 2011. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Some years just seem to have less impact than others. But 2011 held the Arab Spring, the death of Osama bin Laden, Occupy Wall Street, protests against austerity measures and the ousting of Berlusconi, as well as the end of the Iraq War. Which events of the past year will make it to the history textbooks, and which will be esoteric stories we confuse our grandkids with?

Kenneth Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History," talks about the biggest stories of the year.

Guests:

Kenneth C. Davis

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione and Sitara Nieves

Comments [2]

Charles

"The death of Osama bin Laden" is an intersting phrase. It's true in one sense; he is dead. But "the death of Osama" sounds a bit like he passed away in his sleep with his daughters gathered around him or something.

The fact is, bin Laden was "capped," with two bullets to the head. Osama bin Laden was assassinated. His apologists (and I am not one) might well say that he was murdered. Murdered, on orders from the President of the United States.

And assuredly, if it had been President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld who had ordered the successful close-range assassination of bin Laden, the left-wing press including NPR and The Takeaway would have spent the rest of 2011 howling about what a crime agianst civilization it had been, what a trove of intelligence had been lost, and how Executive Branch-ordered assassinations are essentially illegal. But since the Obama-loving media could never do such things, only Minister Louis Farrakhan was left to criticize the President.

Personally, I'm not at all sorry to have seen bin Laden killed. I only wish that before he had been killed, we had used any means necessary to extract every scrap of intelligence from his furtive mind. That would have been a better outcome. A better outcome, prohibited only by Obama's electioneering in which he foreswore such methods. To keep things neat, Obama instead gave the order to shoot bin Laden in the head.

Looking ahead to 2012; I suspect that the press will give up on the Obama Presidency only after the American electorate does.

Dec. 30 2011 10:42 AM
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The Iraq War ended with a whimper but the Arab Spring is the number one story of the year? Perhaps its time for a pair of historical eyeglasses to see the forest for the trees? The withdrawal of troops which like the debt ceiling, the mendacious calls for civility quickly followed by the calls for outrage of the Occupy movement, was all done for dishonest political effect.

Dec. 30 2011 10:10 AM

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