Understanding Blowback and our Current Foreign Policy

     Pakistan, Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden and the United States.  Most people will read those words and instantly be transported to September 11th, 2001.  They will picture two planes slamming into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon, and still another hurling at top speed into a nondescript field in Pennsylvania... and almost 3000 American deaths....more

A Real Deal SEAL

We all want to know what REALLY happened in Abbottabad the night the Navy SEALs took down Bin Laden. Now we can. Thanks to my friend Chuck whose book, SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story on the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden, is officially released next Tuesday. If anyone can give you the straight scoop, it would definitely be Chuck. He, himself, was a leader of SEAL Team Six back in the day....more

Life After Osama (Follow up to On Realizing I was Impacted by Terrorism)

Just some ramblings about week two after almost 10 years.  ...more

Three Reasons Why You Should Schedule Your Tweets

I recently read this post criticizing folks on Twitter for tweeting about other things during the recent coverage of Osama bin Laden's death. She makes three flawed assumptions in her post: That many people had scheduled these "inappropriate" tweets That tweeting about the news is the only appropriate thing to tweet during such a moment ...more

Great post.

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Why You Shouldn't Schedule Your Tweets

Deep in conversation, you are all expressing your gratitude for our US soldiers. Some are expressing concerns over the safety of our troops and the retaliation that is certain to come from Bin Laden's death. Additionally, many are aghast at the celebrations taking place in the streets, remembering back to 9/11 when "they" were celebrating in the face of our tragedy. The conversations are deep, meaningful, thought provoking. Then, all of a sudden, one of the friends present says "Hey... look at these cookies I made for Mother's Day. Pretty awesome aren't they?" ...more

I do both: I schedule quips and posts in advance, and then pop in and out of TweetDeck to add ...more

Sunday night breaking news

So, Sunday night after lugging everything in the house, I checked Twitter and saw that Don Lemon from CNN tweeted that the President was going to make an announcement about something. I ignored it, until my sister texted me and told me to put on the news. So Osama Bin Laden is dead. Obviously, this is something that everyone has wanted for the last 9 1/2 years. He's the mastermind behind 9/11, and without him, the entire Afghanistan war wouldn't have had to happen. But, and I know it's not just me, something feels really strange about being excited about someone's death....more

What is Authority, Anyway?

On Monday afternoon I got a text from our twenty-one year old son who attends the University of Puerto Rico.  He texted, “Am I the only one out there who doesn’t believe Osama bin Laden is dead?”  I responded, “No, because I’m not convinced either.”...more

I suspect he does and those 9/11 conspiracy theories are pretty compelling...

I ...more

Mixed Bag

Posted originally on 5/2/11 at www.barnmaven.comYou can't listen to the radio or turn on the TV or look at Twitter or Facebook and not be aware of what happened in Pakistan yesterday.  Few people aren't talking about the death of Bin Laden, and the range of response is...what's the word I'm looking for?  Fascinating?  Curious?  Expected?  I don't know.  I don't know how I feel today....more