One frustrated counterterrorism official, in 2006:
There's nobody in the United States government whose job it is to find Osama bin Laden! Nobody!
Peter Baker, Helene Cooper, and Mark Mazzetti, today:
Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and the most hunted man in the world, was killed in a firefight with United States forces in Pakistan on Sunday, President Obama announced.
Is it literally true that the Bush administration was not operating a hunt for BL and when the Dems came into power they kicked it off, resulting in very rapid turn around if you consider the 2 year timeline being reported about this operation?
This fits far too neatly into a simplistic partisan narrative for me to take it seriously and yet the facts seem to point in this direction. Is there any reason I shouldn't think this?
Al Q might be a scene but that doesn't mean there is no value in taking out their most important figure.
Perhaps I can lull myself back to sleep with the idea that they felt that they had to marginalize Al Queda to a certain extent before taking BL out because they didn't want to risk civilian lives in a retaliatory terrorist attack. Was there some other domino that fell a few years ago that needed to fall first?
RE: Bin Laden Is Dead