Guantanamo II

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
Feb. 26 2006 6:01 AM

Guantanamo II

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As President Bush prepares for his trip to Pakistan later this week, the WP's Outlook section takes an extensive, and enlightening, look into Osama Bin Laden. Ahmed Rashid affirms there that Bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan, where the government isn't doing enough to catch him. Besides offering a monetary reward, which they don't need since money is not scarce, officials aren't doing enough to convince Pashtuns to stop hiding him. Peter Bergen explains why it has been so difficult to catch Bin Laden and emphasizes that capturing him is still important, even if it's just for psychological reasons. He also theorizes that Bin Laden might not really be on the run, as is often speculated, but might, in fact, be hunkered down somewhere. John Brennan says that the United States is focusing too much on Bin Laden's strategy, which is terrorism, and not enough on his vision of global domination.

The NYT reefers the increasing concern over bird flu in France after it was discovered that a turkey farm was infected. It's the first time the virus was found in farm animals in the European Union. The WP reports on the panic in Egypt to buy bottled water after residents were warned to refrain from drinking tap water because farmers have been throwing sick birds into the Nile. 

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A senior U.S. diplomat told the Palestinian leader that U.S. aid will continue, despite the appointment of a new Hamas government.

Ugandan President Youweri Museveni will continue his 20-year rule over the country after he won the first multiparty elections in 25 years. His main challenger immediately challenged the results, and there were violent clashes in the streets of Kampala between supporters of the two main candidates. 

NYT Baghdad correspondent Dexter Filkins reviews L. Paul Bremer III's memoir, My Year in Iraq, and discovers that the head of the American occupation harbored doubts about troop levels and Iraqi forces, even though he always sounded sure of himself when he spoke. Bremer reveals that at one point he secretly requested more troops from the Pentagon even though in public he never recognized that he thought it was necessary. 

Don Knotts, who played the fumbling Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show,  died of lung cancer. Knotts received five Emmy Awards for his role as Fife. His other memorable role was as the landlord in the sitcom Three's Company.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.