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The commission said that three years before the attacks, Saudi Arabia won a commitment from the Taliban to expel bin Laden, but Afghan leaders later reneged.
From the spring of 1997 to September 2001, the U.S. government tried to persuade the Taliban to expel bin Laden to a country where he could face justice, the report said. The efforts employed inducements, warnings and sanctions. All these efforts failed.
Second, even if Bin Laden had been captured or killed in the weeks before 9/11, no-one I know believes it would have prevented 9/11," - Donald Rumsfeld
Originally posted by Seekerof
Works both ways doesn't it? How many have claimed and spouted here that it's this current administration's fault and yet will easily accept the argument that Rumsfield stated above in the reasoning against those who have asked why Clinton didn't take Bin Laden out?
I'm not one of the ones that easily accepts it, as far as I'm concerned they're all to blame and they've all got to go. The WHOLE sewer pit you call a government.
IMHO, Rumsfield is making a justified assertion that neither the Clinton administration nor the current administration knows whether 9/11 could have been prevented, correct? Here's my next question to that: How does one know that with 100% certainty?
Mr "errr...ahem...bu...ermm...ahhh..umm" Rumsfeld seems to, maybe you better take it up with him.
If the chance was there prior to 9/11 to take Bin Laden out or capture him, shouldn't it have been taken despite what Rumsfield is indicating or saying?
As you have said above, it works both ways. You're preaching to the converted.
Again, the prior administration missed or did not take those opportunities how many times? Hindsight is 20/20 isn't it?
...and I'm sure if the prior administration was the Republicans, with the Democrats being the current one, you'd most likely be making the exact same point I made earlier. Hindsite is 20/20 indeed.
[Edited on 23-3-2004 by Seekerof]