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Monday, June 20, 2005

Aren't We Supposed to Be Trying to Catch This Guy?

Ok, I can't take credit for locating this little tidbit I actually heard about it through Adam Felber's site Fanatical Apathy. According to BBC News, the CIA, or at least the Director of Central Intelligence Porter Goss has "an excellent idea" where Osama Bin Ladin is hiding.

So if the CIA has an excellent idea of where Osama Bin Ladin is... Why isn't he in custody? Why haven't we swooped in with a team of SEALs, Marines, Army Rangers, NYPD SWAT, FBI, rabid grocery baggers etc... and either blown him into little itty bitty pieces or sent him off to join his minions (and wannabe minions, people we think might kinda be his minions, and the poor saps in the wrong place at the wrong time) in the prison camp in beautiful Guantanamo Bay Cuba?

Even more puzzling is this comment: "Mr Goss said it was unlikely Bin Laden would be brought to justice until "we strengthen all the links" in the chain in the US-led hunt for terror suspects." Does this trouble you as much as it troubles me? Doesn't the President tell us that the War on Terror is going well? What's the deal here?

Here's another gem that got me thinking: "
When you go to the very difficult question of dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you're dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play." Now, I supported our action in Afghanistan 100%, and still do to this day. But isn't that exactly what we did there. The man was being given sanctuary in a sovereign state an condition that didn't slow us down for a second. So why now is it an issue?

Is Osama Bin Ladin in Pakistan like some recent reports suggested? Isn't Pakistan supposed to be a key ally in the War on Terror? If so, then where's the disconnect?


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