From Raw Story
Rumsfeld decision let Bin Laden escape: Senate report
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Osama bin Laden was “within the grasp” of US forces in late 2001 but escaped because then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld rejected calls for reinforcements, a hard-hitting US Senate report says.
It points the finger directly at Rumsfeld for turning down requests for reinforcements as Bin Laden was trapped in December 2001 in caves and tunnels in a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan known as Tora Bora.
“The vast array of American military power, from sniper teams to the most mobile divisions of the marine corps and the army, was kept on the sidelines,” the report says.
From the report:
“Instead, the US command chose to rely on airstrikes and untrained Afghan militias to attack Bin Laden and on Pakistan’s loosely organized Frontier Corps to seal his escape routes.”
“But the Al-Qaeda leader would live to fight another day. Fewer than 100 American commandos were on the scene with their Afghan allies and calls for reinforcements to launch an assault were rejected.
“Requests were also turned down for US troops to block the mountain paths leading to sanctuary a few miles away in Pakistan.
“The decision not to deploy American forces to go after Bin Laden or block his escape was made by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his top commander, General Tommy Franks.
Either sheer, ‘criminal’ negligence and incompetence must be assumed, or the reports of the Bin Laden family and its connection to the Bush Family must be considered.
Either way, how these clowns aren’t in jail or at least universally shunned as the total fuckups that they are, escapes me as much as Bin Laden was patently allowed to escape them.
One thing is for sure, the more we learn, the worse the entire Republican war effort looks, these guys couldn’t pull of a two car parade, yet they were allowed to spend 5000 American lives, uncounted lives of Afghanis and Iraqis, and trillions of dollars on a Crusade
Tragic, obscene, and thoroughly disgusting.