Friday, January 20, 2006

Insanity is doing the Same Thing Again and Expecting a Different Result.

Can someone please explain to me how this "keep Osama bin Laden on the run" strategy will keep us safe today when it didn't keep us safe before 9/11?
June 26, 2001
U.S. Has Bin Laden 'On the Run,' Sen. Shelby Says

Council on Foreign Relations Q&A:

How did bin Laden end up back in Afghanistan?

After he left Saudi Arabia in 1991, bin Laden settled in Sudan, where he established his own businesses and set up training camps for al-Qaeda. U.S. and Saudi pressure forced him to abandon Sudan in 1996; back then, the United States sought to keep bin Laden on the run, not to capture him [emp mine]. Bin Laden fled to Afghanistan, where the Taliban offered him a base in exchange for money to fund their fighters.

Before September 11, how did America pursue bin Laden?

In several ways, including military strikes, diplomacy, legal action, and intelligence work. The United States used diplomatic pressure and the threat of U.N. sanctions to get Sudan to expel bin Laden in 1996. For several years, the CIA paid agents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan to monitor bin Laden’s movements; after the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in East Africa, the United States used cruise missiles to hit his Afghan bases. Also in 1998, a federal grand jury indicted bin Laden and 21 other al-Qaeda members for conspiring to kill Americans abroad; four men were convicted in May of 2001.
And, for chrissake, how long are we going to maintain this delusion? That this guy isn't a threat to us because he's "on the run?"

Bush: "My attitude was, once we get him running, it's just a matter of time before we bring him to justice."

Bush: "I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run."

A top U.S. anti-terrorism official says al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is on the run, amid what officials say is an intensifying hunt for fugitive members of the terror network. The U.S. official says he believes Osama bin Laden will be captured soon.

Ambassador J. Cofer Black, coordinator for the State Department counter-terrorism office, say the United States and its allies will find Osama bin Laden.

"I feel confident that it will be sooner rather than later, although I'm not going to speculate on the exact date," he said.

"I don't know where he is," Powell said. "I don't know his state of health. I believe he is still alive, but I can't prove that. He clearly is in hiding and he is on the run."

KING: Have we ever been close to getting bin Laden?
KING: You can tell us.
CHENEY: Well, we've had him on the run, I believe.

"Clearly the al Qaeda leaders and other terrorists are on the run. They're under a lot of pressure," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.


Blogger Gothamimage said...

If you stop and think about it, from a Rovian perspective, you may see the logic. We posted an example of this.

You're Javits theory is provocative and intriguing.

8:06 PM


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