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A report released by the Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blamed the Bush administration for failing to capture or kill Osama bin Laden when the al Qaeda leader was cornered in Afghanistan's Tora Bora mountain region in December 2001. The report, released Sunday, said the situation in Afghanistan presented greater problems today because of the failure to nab bin Laden eight years ago.
Originally posted by tooo many pills
I wonder how many tall arabs in the middle east the US has bombed or gunned to death thinking it was Bin Laden, only to find out it was just a few civilians since this debacle?
Originally posted by Alxandro
Why are the Dems in an uproar?
What's worse is that Clinton also had Bin Laden in his cross hairs but for some reason he couldn't pull the trigger.
I believe the reason was becaause Bin Laden was at the time with one or two Saudi leaders that were preparing to purchase a few F-16's and killing them all would have blown the deal.
Originally posted by December_Rain
reply to post by AUM68
I would like to ask these idiots wdf!! why are they telling this now? It was already told many years ago. What's the point of repeating the same old info. The previous administration were on a series of miscarriage throughout their term. Sue them and put them in jail if you want to make news and if you wanna do the right thing.
Originally posted by Janky Red
Well gee... Did OBL kill thousands of Americans while Clinton was in office?
Although the Dubai ports controversy may be disappearing, questions linger about the role high-ranking United Arab Emirates officials played in supporting Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida in the years leading up to Sept. 11.
In fact, some U.S. government reports suggest that the United States lost a clear opportunity to kill bin Laden because he was too close to U.A.E. officials traveling in his entourage – officials Clinton security adviser Richard Clarke may have thought were too important to harm.
On Feb. 8, 1999, the Pentagon and the CIA were preparing a military strike on a luxury hunting camp in the desert south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden had been sighted.
There were problems, however.
Satellite imagery revealed the presence of a military aircraft belonging to the U.A.E., and "policymakers were concerned about the danger that a strike would kill an Emirati prince or other senior officials who might be with bin Laden or close by," according to the 9/11 Commission report.
Who were these U.S. "policymakers" mentioned in the 9/11 report who thwarted the opportunity to kill one of the world's most wanted men?
The report does not say.
Coincidentally, the Clinton administration National Security Council advisor, Richard Clarke, had just returned to the United States from consultations with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, chief of staff of the U.A.E. armed forces, regarding a proposed sale of F-16s to the Gulf state as well as counter-terrorism issues, according to the report.