Here is a column I wrote for Friday’s New York Post about the lessons we can learn from the failed effort to get the Sudan to turn over Osama bin Laden back in 1996. The gist of the story is that the folks at the Clinton NSC were not so much too soft (as many are quick to assert) as too hard on the folks in question. In a critical respect they fell for the rogue state mythology they and others had helped create.
More important is this, however. I found out a few days ago that my editor at the Post, Mark Cunningham, had become the latest victim of the anthrax outbreak. Thankfully, it’s only of the skin variety. And no doubt he’ll be fine.
I’d kept mum about this. But the news has now been made public. So I suppose there’s no problem mentioning it.
Mark’s been hard at work editing the Opinion Page at the Post, editing my column among many other things, all while dealing with this anthrax stuff. So Mark’s one of my heroes in this whole awful situation.