HomeWar On TerrorIs Osama bin Laden Dead?Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Kevin January 9, 2006 War On Terror 10 CommentsTwo editorials today take up the question of Osama bin Laden’s curious silence.Michael Ledeen, in The National Review Online and Peter Brookes in The New York Post both discuss the topic today. Ledeen reports that Iranians he trusts say bin Laden died in December 2005 in Iran.As Brookes says, “rarely have the hard facts of life and death been so favorable to the spread of democratic revolution.“ "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." He that liveth by the drive-by shooting... Related PostsAmerican Passports Found on Bodies of Jihadis in SomaliaAl Qaeda in Iraq Beheads 2 More On VideoPresident Bush to Comment on Zarqawi's DeathAbout The Author KevinKevin founded Wizbang in 2003. He still contributes occasionally and handles all the technical and design work for the site.10 Comments McGehee January 9, 2006 Someone recently asked me what I thought was going through Osama’s mind during the last round of elections in Iraq.I replied, “Worms.” Brass January 9, 2006 I happen to know that our military is positive he is still alive. I know that a statement like that just screams for verification or at least some background, but I just can’t give it. OregonMuse January 9, 2006 I know that a statement like that just screams for verification or at least some background, but I just can’t give it.Ledeen’s statement also screams for verification, and I wish he could give it. Peter F. January 9, 2006 Oregon: There are many Michael Ledeen statements that scream for verification! For some unexplained reason I’ve just never trusted what the man has had to say on most subjects.I think “old wiley Osama” is “boogying” along the lawless Pakistan border somewhere. That, or thanks to a couple of Daisycutters, he’s buried under millions of tons of a Tora Bora mountain. Just a guess, though. SCSIwuzzy January 9, 2006 Well, if it’s true, what a nice belated Christmas gift for the civilized world. David January 9, 2006 I hope not I want him body bagged by us! John S January 9, 2006 I believe OBL has been dead since late 2001, buried in rubble at Tora Bora. Although I find it odd the only time he has appeared since 2001 is for an October surprise Bush campaign commercial. Maybe he’s working in Langley. -S- January 10, 2006 That’d be the Langley O’Your Mind, eh, John S?But it’s an interesting fantasy, nonetheless. I’d like to see that occur, and the sooner the better. Alive or dead. McGehee January 10, 2006 Maybe he’s working in Langley.OH MY GOD! VALERIE PLAME IS OSAMA BIN LADEN!!!!! Doyle January 10, 2006 Ledeen writes bin Laden “died of kidney failure and was buried in Iran.”Iran is believeable and bin Laden dead something to be wished for, but if you haven’t read Richard Miniter’s DISINFORMATION (22 Media Mythis That Undermine the War on Terror) do.He devotes one chapter to bin Laden’s supposed kidney problems. Nothing Miniter found in his research indicates bin Laden ever had kidney problems.It’s an excellent read.