In the 24 hours after the death of Osama bin Laden, Heritage Foundation experts appeared on local and national media outlets over 70 times explaining what it meant.
And over the past two weeks, our foreign policy team has broken down what this development means for the future of the War on Terror in a series of important reports.
- Protecting America at Home. America’s homeland security priorities remain unchanged, and our needs remain the same. In a new report, Heritage homeland security experts Matt Mayer and Jena Baker McNeill outline how the federal government needs to change its defense priorities to make American safer. Second, renewing the PATRIOT Act, a successful tool in the arsenal of the intelligence community, is essential to keeping America safe. McNeill and Jessica Zuckerman explain why this piece of legislation has kept us safe, and why it’s especially important to renew certain aspects of the law.
- Winning the War on Terror. James Carafano delves extensively into strategies for winning the long war on terrorism. But this war cannot and should not be fought alone. Sally McNamara and Morgan Roach discuss what bin Laden’s death means for NATO’s role in the Afghanistan, particularly Britain and Germany, whose leaders welcomed his demise.
- Consequences in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Heritage’s Lisa Curtis analyzes what bin Laden’s death means for the operational strategy on the ground in Afghanistan. In a separate report, she discusses how his death and the circumstances around it impact our relationship with Pakistan.
- Building Support for the War. Helle Dale discusses how the death of bin Laden should affect how the United States conducts itself on the world stage. Since the war on terror requires global support, she argues, the President should take advantage of this opportunity by reasserting U.S. leadership on the world stage rather than, as he too often has, bowing to global sentiments about American decline.