Osama bin Laden

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Michael Scheuer, the chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and a counterterrorism analyst until 2004, explains why Osama bin Laden continues to be a significant and powerful figure—he’s devout, talented, patient, ruthless, and a formidable, implacable enemy of the West. In Osama Bin Laden, Scheuer shows bin Laden to be a figure of remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable communication abilities.


Michael Scheuer

Comments [7]


That is such a perfect example of an unadulterated Buffalo accent. They hardly exist any more, not even in Buffalo. I don't think he means any ill punctuating his sentences with "sir"

Feb. 08 2011 04:15 PM
D.Torres from Nathan Straus Projects

That "Sir" business makes him
sound like a robot.

Feb. 08 2011 01:14 PM
dboy from nyc

Where was this guy when GWB needed some brains???

Feb. 08 2011 12:41 PM
Charlie Roberts from Highlands, NJ

I find Michael Scheuer's frequent interjection of "sir" when he is speaking a big offputing . . . is he a former member of the military? It's an odd manner of speech for a civilian.

Feb. 08 2011 12:40 PM

What was the name of the Blog that Mr. Scheuer writes?

The Lopate Show responds:

Mr. Scheuer's blog can be found at

Feb. 08 2011 12:39 PM
antonio from park slope

Can the guest explain why Bin Laden was not charged for the attacks of 911?

Feb. 08 2011 12:16 PM

Does he have any hobbies?
Where does he go for vacations?
How does he unwind after successfully killing day laborers or shoppers in a food market or hundreds of Kenyans to get at a handful of Americans?

Feb. 08 2011 12:07 PM

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