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Originally posted by Outrageo
My vote: He's either dead or holed up on the porous Pakistan western border - with the aid of, and under the protection of, the 'citizens', 'guests', and 'officials' in the Pakistani gov't.
I can't shake the feeling, however that we could've found him by now if we really wanted to. The corralary = we don't really want to.
There are 130,000 US troops chasing ghosts and their associates in Iraq, and just a fraction of that in Afgh/Paki - the disparaity is too conspicuous to ignore. Wouldn't an all out 'hunt and destroy' mission be more successful if those resource ratios were reversed?
After five years, we should've been able to tighten the noose more than we have. All we have to show for that mission is a big fat zero. Given the right tools and manpower - plus the requisite mandate - he would be found in a few months, tops.