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Bin Laden Episode End of Empire?


Osama bin Laden killing sparks calls for early Afghanistan withdrawal ... Debate within Obama administration over whether to speed up pullout of US troops, set to start this summer ... The killing of Osama bin Laden has opened up divisions inside the US administration over whether the withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan, which is scheduled to begin this summer, should be bigger and faster than planned. – The Guardian

Dominant Social Theme: We need to be very careful now that bin Laden is dead. There will be retaliation for sure. Everybody in the West will have to give up more civil rights to be safe and more countries will have to be invaded to ensue the capabilities of al-Qaeda are degraded.

Free-Market Analysis: We are on record as doubting that Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday, as we believe he has been dead for years, but we also speculated about what might be the result – and why the US might want to pretend that bin Laden had been "tapped" by Navy Seals. One obvious speculation is that purported retaliations give the Obama Administration even more reasons to deprive Americans of civil rights. But another was that it gave the Administration a pretext for drawing down the Afghanistan war more aggressively.

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