Foreign and Defense Policy, Terrorism

Death of Osama bin Laden, one year later: Reflection from General Michael Hayden

Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency General Michael Hayden was asked to weigh in on the death of Osama bin Laden, one year later, as a part of the Enterprise blog’s latest symposium.

Here is a great American victory, the product of more than a decade of relentless pursuit by American intelligence. Political debates about who would have made what decision cheapen the memory and obscure the significance of the entire matter. The president made a gutsy call, no question. But it is one that I think ANY American president would have made. And as far as al Qaeda goes, the raid is a powerful message to potential jihadists surfing radical web sites that these guys (that’s us) have great reach, great precision and—above all—very long memories.

One thought on “Death of Osama bin Laden, one year later: Reflection from General Michael Hayden

  1. One year after Bin Laden’s death and over 10 years since 9/11, American citizens are still blindly allowing their civil liberties to be taken away one piece of legislation at a time. How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice to feel safe? Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the twin towers fell. These laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at

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