Refer to that article to see Carl Icahn's Tweet about plans for dinner with Apple (AAPL - Get Report) CEO Tim Cook. At this dinner, according to Icahn, the billionaire will learn about the "magnitude" of Apple's stock buyback. Tim Cook's puppet strings have already been pulled -- by Icahn and David Einhorn -- now it's just a question of how far he's willing to go.
This has nothing to do with Apple's eventual success or failure. In my recent articles, I have rhetoricized the possibilities in that regard -- along a crowded spectrum from positive to negative -- six ways to Sunday. Make no mistake -- Apple remains best in breed; whether or not it can stay that way nobody knows.
If Carl Icahn Tweeted he was short AAPL because he thought Tim Cook was no brighter than Bill Ackman and the stock cratered 40 points, there would be a line of people calling not only for Icahn's head, but demanding something be done about market "manipulation" by "scumbag" shorts.I guess that's the human condition. All is fair in love and war. When you blow the enemy's head off, it's all good. But if they're coming for you, they crossed the line of morality you scribbled in the sand.