U.S. Senate Report: Bin Laden was ‘within our grasp’

Like everything else the Bush administration touched the capture or attempted capture of Osama Bin Laden was a complete failure. As the world watched the U.S. military had pursued Bin Laden and his deputies to the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan. Trapped in the caves there  Donald Rumsfeld then U.S. Defense Secretary decides that Bin Landen’s capture should be handled by the Afghan army while the U.S. army watched. Osama Bin Laden and his deputies escaped into Pakistan where they are still believed to be.  Think about the consequences of that decision. Al Qaida though weakened at that moment would not only continue to exist but draw recruits as extremists saw Osama Bin Laden’s escape as a victory over America and its allies in the so called War on Terror.

Even if they had captured Bin Laden would that have destroyed Al Qaida of course not but they wouldn’t be the potent symbol they are today thanks to the complete incompetence of George Bush and his advisors.  


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  1. Not me!

    • TMC on November 29, 2009 at 07:20

    would have screwed up the grand plan of invading Iraq. What better way to shift the blame for his escape than to let the Afghan Army fail.  

  2. But the U.S. Media treated it as a total non-story.

    Apparently, Kerry going windsurfing one day was the greater outrage.

    But Kerry told everyone this right during the 2004 debates, and Bush just shrugged and smirked his way through it.  

    That was good enough for the U.S. News media.

  3. Afghanistan offered to turn bin Laden over to the United States…all they asked for was sufficient proof of his guilt with regard to the events of 9/11.  The U. S. refused to provide that proof.  The associated story can be found here.

    The FBI apparently does not believe that they have the goods on bin Laden to specifically charge him with complicity in the events of 9/11, as described here here and please note the spelling of his first name used by the FBI.  Apparently, the MSM went along with the U. S. government’s wishes to change the spelling of his first name as it wouldn’t do to have it begin with the letters “USA.”

    In his thought-provoking book, The New Pearl Harbor, David Ray Griffin, on the third page of Chapter 8, includes the following sentence, apparently sourced from an article in the Daily Mirror, dated November 16, 2001, which stated:

    Another American official was quoted as making an even most revealing statement, saying that “casting our objectives too narrowly” risked “a premature collapse of the international effort if by some lucky chance Mr. bin Laden was captured.”

    Benazir Bhutto stated to David Frost, in a BBC interview, just over a month prior to her assassination, that bin Laden had been killed years ago.  There are detractors who claim that she misspoke when she said this.  You can decide for yourself.  The statement appears at about the 2:15-2:25 mark in the video.

    • Heather on November 29, 2009 at 12:23

    Is not Obama’s fault.


  4. on this ’cause it just seems kinda cool:

    by:  mishima

    Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 00:00:00 CST

    How’d you do that!? 🙂

    • Edger on November 29, 2009 at 18:53

    that this story comes out just as Obama is about to announce the great strides he’s making towards withdrawing from escalating in Afghanistan so he can “win the war” lose his presidency.

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