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Bush Just Said No to Killing Bin Laden

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/02/60minutes/main4494937.shtml - Elite Officer Recalls Bin Laden Hunt, Delta Force Commander Says The Best Plan To Kill The Al Qaeda Leader In 2001 Was Nixed

It's too bad cynicism almost always rewarded.
Permalink son of parnas 
October 6th, 2008 7:09pm
clinton had the chance too, too many women a children.  he nixed it.  his own words.  hindsight and all that.
Permalink Ed 
October 6th, 2008 7:32pm
why kill him when he has done anything to Americans. You know that 9/11 was masterminded and engineered by joos don't you?
Permalink Dan Denman 
October 6th, 2008 7:58pm
> clinton had the chance too,

Not comparable situations. In the bush case he just attacked the US and the op was treated like a border crossing offense.
Permalink son of parnas 
October 6th, 2008 8:11pm
"clinton had the chance too"

at the time, neither the FBI nor CIA would go on record as saying bin laden/al qaida were behind any attacks.

after bush took office, on December 21, 2000 the CIA had finally made a "preliminary judgment" that "al Qaeda appeared to have supported the attack," [on uss cole] with no "definitive conclusion."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cole_bombing#Consequences_and_after-effects
Permalink arg! 
October 6th, 2008 9:41pm
1999 - didn't kill him, he was with UAE royal family
http://thinkprogress.org/2006/02/22/bin-laden-uae-royals/
Permalink cot? 
October 6th, 2008 9:46pm
1998; "We did it because there was reliable information that Osama bin Laden and his senior lieutenants would be there," Clinton said in a speech at the Foreign Policy Association in Manhattan. "They were there, but left a few hours before the missiles arrived -- it was an intelligence failure."

http://www.papillonsartpalace.com/clintoni.htm
Permalink cot? 
October 6th, 2008 9:48pm
1998: The first plan in 1998 was to use Afghanis working for the CIA to capture bin laden from his Afghan compound, called Tarnak Farms, and turn him over to the FBI for a flight to the U.S.

"The Afghanis were going to be the vanguard. So they were going to break into the compound essentially, shoot it out, because bin Laden obviously had a coterie of guards to protect him. If bin Laden had survived that assault, he was going to be essentially anesthetized," Cloonan said, "removed from that compound."

There were four practice rehearsals in Texas and a capture date set, but the Commission said the director of the CIA George Tenet pulled the plug, citing the risk of civilian casualties and the poor odds of success.
Permalink cot? 
October 6th, 2008 9:50pm
May 1999: And on three occasions, CIA sources, not CIA personnel, but people, Afghans, who were working for CIA, said they thought they knew where bin Laden was. And on all three occasions, those cruise missiles in the submarines were activated and began to spin up and get ready to launch. And on all three occasions, the director of the CIA, George Tenet, said he could not recommend the attack because the information from his one source wasn't good enough.

CIA officers in the field disagreed. And the 9/ll Commission report calls the third of those aborted attacks, Kandahar, May 1999, the last, most likely best chance to get bin Laden.

"We thought that was the closest call. And that was one where I think the Commission thought the decision not to undertake that cruise missile strike was relatively murky compared to the decision-making process in other instances," recounted Marcus.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/09/missed_opportun.html
Permalink cot? 
October 6th, 2008 9:52pm
Oct 1999 - The Pakistani commando team was up and running and ready to strike by October 1999, a former official said. "It was an enterprise," the official said. "It was proceeding." Still stung by their failure to get bin Laden the previous year, Clinton officials were delighted at the operation, which they believed provided a real opportunity to eliminate bin Laden. "It was like Christmas," a source said.

The operation was aborted on Oct. 12, 1999, however, when Sharif was overthrown in a military coup led by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who refused to continue the operation despite substantial efforts by the Clinton administration to revive it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A61219-2001Oct2
Permalink cot? 
October 6th, 2008 9:53pm
neither the FBI nor CIA would go on record as saying bin laden/al qaida were behind any attacks until after bush took office
Permalink arg? 
October 6th, 2008 10:09pm
hey repeater...

you just said the same thing, look up!
Permalink cotter 
October 7th, 2008 6:27am
Supposedly the CIA met with Bin Laden at an American Hospital in Dubai in July of 2001.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/nov/01/afghanistan.terrorism

"Bin Laden is reported to have arrived in Dubai on July 4 from Quetta in Pakistan with his own personal doctor, nurse and four bodyguards, to be treated in the urology department. While there he was visited by several members of his family and Saudi personalities, and the CIA.

The CIA chief was seen in the lift, on his way to see Bin Laden, and later, it is alleged, boasted to friends about his contact. He was recalled to Washington soon afterwards.

Intelligence sources say that another CIA agent was also present; and that Bin Laden was also visited by Prince Turki al Faisal, then head of Saudi intelligence, who had long had links with the Taliban, and Bin Laden"


If this is true, it doesn't seem like we wanted him dead.
Permalink Send private email Mountain_Dewd 
October 7th, 2008 8:21am
Folks who work in the white house have stated quite clearly in the past few years that they stopped looking for the guy years ago, and that no effort has been made to find the guy since the fiasco at tora bora.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A62618-2002Apr16?language=printer
Permalink Peter 
October 7th, 2008 9:08am

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