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Where's Osama bin Laden?

In about a month from now the Bush administration will memorialize the fourth anniversary of the catastrophe of 9/11. Will Bush talk about his achievements in the “war on terror,” how he is winning over the insurgents in Iraq, how he is making the world a better place by spreading democracy, or how we Americans should feel safer because he does not “ask permission” from any country to fight for our defense? I, for one, would like Bush to answer one question: Where’s Osama bin Laden?

Anybody remember Osama bin Laden? He's the guy who attacked us on 9/11. He's the guy we were after when we plunged militarily into Afghanistan. He's the guy who President Bush proclaimed he wanted "dead or alive." Four years later,

WHERE'S OSAMA BIN LADEN?

Osama bin Laden is the guy we almost caught in a big fight at Tora Bora in Afghanistan. Almost. He got away. We did not pursue him. Why? Our fearless leader thought that attacking Iraq was more important. So he pulled troops from Afghanistan and sent them to Iraq. He was looking for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that might be developed by Saddam and might be used against us. He let go the guy who used simple box cutters to take over planes that were used as WMD to kill 3000 people in New York and Washington D.C.

Bush let Osama bin Laden go! He does not even talk about him. He thinks that catching Osama is not that important. What a flip-flop. Anyway, did we not find Saddam Hussein? We caught Saddam and we are going to put him on trial. That's a huge victory. But I keep wondering

WHERE'S OSAMA BIN LADEN?

Bush says we're fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq so we would not need to fight Al Qaeda at home. But why did we leave Afghanistan? I thought that is where Osama bin Laden is in hiding. Isn't Osama the number 1 guy in Al Qaeda? Isn't he the guy to capture "dead or alive" in order to destroy Al Qaeda? We should be destroying Al Qaeda in its original home in Afghanistan and not inviting these jihadists to Iraq. We should be working strenuously to capture Al Qaeda's leader. So I am still wondering

WHERE'S OSAMA BIN LADEN?

Bush says we went to Iraq to spread democracy there, and he wants to spread democracy throughout the Middle East. Wonderful intentions, even though he did not think of them until after Iraq got bogged down in a quagmire with insurgents. In any case, he's not spreading democracy but fear and loathing of America. If he had only stuck to his original guns and insisted on getting Osama bin Laden "dead or alive," Bush would have been able to tell us next month that we are making real progress in the "war on terror." As things are now, I'm getting sick of wondering

WHERE'S OSAMA BIN LADEN?
Posted by Paul Siegel at August 5, 2005 5:51 PM