posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 02:00 PM
In a contrasting update, this freshly released article stipulates that Bush has asked and ordered a more intensive effort to capture Bin Laden:
"Bush orders bin Laden caught"
"GEORGE W. Bush has reportedly ordered US agencies to step up efforts to catch Osama bin Laden amid accusations by Democratic presidential
frontrunner John Kerry that the White House has neglected the al-Qa'ida leader to the US's peril.
The renewed focus on bin Laden, who US intelligence believes is hiding on the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border, comes amid bitter politicking
in the US over national security."
I found the article to be a bit misleading in that it insinuates that Bush is pushing for the capture of Bin Laden because
adversary, Kerry, is implying that Bush is weak on protecting the national security of the US:
"..."amid accusations by Democratic presidential frontrunner John Kerry that the White House has neglected the al-Qa'ida leader to the US's
Again, interestingly enough....wasn't it just this past week that Kerry was downplaying the importance of Bin Laden?
I guess Kerry will get credit for such capture if and when it DOES take place?
Wait! Hasn't the capture of Bin Laden always been a priority of this Administration? Whats new that this article is mentioning? That Bush has ordered
the agencies to step up efforts
? Or is that this Administration went after Saddam before going after or finishing with getting Bin Laden? More
on this later.
In more detailing of the proclaimation given by Iran that Bin Laden had been captured, this article addressing this was released by the Pakistan
"The story behind the Osama story"
"Few observers agreed with the authenticity of an Iranian Radio report that Osama bin Laden, the most wanted man today, was apprehended “some time
before” from Pakistan.
A close monitoring of three reports issued by the Iranian Radio and official news agency on Saturday regarding Osama’s alleged capture showed that
there were several contradictions within three reports.
One report said that he was captured from Pakistan’s “tribal areas” while second report said he was “held in no-man’s land”. The third report added
that “he was arrested some time before” while initial report suggested that he was held “few days ago”. The third report issued by IRNA said that he
was held “long time ago”. But in all dispatches it was suggested that he was “captured” from Pakistani territory.
The IRNA report also quoted Iranian Radio report as saying that “Rumsfeld trip to Pakistan on Thursday had been made in connection with the capture”.
Pakistan and American officials have denied any knowledge of Rumsfeld’s visit to Pakistan. However, Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld did visit
Afghanistan last week and there was no confirmation of his visit to Pakistan.
An Iranian Radio broadcast on Saturday in its Pushtu Service bulletin claimed that Osama bin Laden had been captured from “tribal areas of
Observers here noted that the Iranian Radio report was carried out during afternoon but was not repeated thereafter in its more popular Farsi or
Urdu language broadcast.
The Iranian official news agency, IRNA, later issued what it termed as “a confirmation report” and added that “radio’s external service, broadcast in
Pushtun, said US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld`s trip to Pakistan on Thursday had been made in connection with the capture.”
The radio said, “the capture of the Al-Qaeda leader has been made sometime before, but US President George W Bush is intending to announce it when
the American presidential election is held....."
hehehe, riigghhtt....just what those how are proponents of such beliefs wanted to hear, in regards to the last excerpted paragraph.
[Edited on 29-2-2004 by Seekerof]