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Originally posted by para
Bin Laden was training soldiers to fight against the United States and sending them to our shores in the early 1990s. “Sentiments” is far too kind a word, though admittedly I used it first. He was recruiting people with the sole intent to kill Americans.
That, to me, makes him a priority target. Whether the CIA chose to capture or kill him is not the issue, the issue is that Clinton failed to act on information they gave him. But you are right, this has nothing to do with the original topic of the thread.
I suspect that if Bill, Hillary, or JohnJohn were the target of this article, the Democrats would be calling foul and stating that it was right-wing propaganda. If you look at it from a non-partisan point of view, simply on the facts, you can see that there are very few.
The piece is filled with opinions that conveniently fit the title and the message they are trying to convey. The people who should be interviewed, the president and his physician, are not.
Bin Laden was forming his al Qaeda cells right then, as I sat there watching and photographing from my little bamboo hut on the rooftop across the street. He had a training camp about twenty-five kilometers north of downtown Khartoum, across the White Nile Bridge in Omduman. These al Qaeda folks were out there exercising, throwing hand grenades, learning demolitions tactics. They were also learning communications skills, like telephone tapping. We knew about it, but we couldn’t get out there. The police blocked off every exit, prohibiting us from getting a look. The Sudanese were working in conjunction with bin Laden.
This wasn’t an elaborate plan – two vehicles, two men, one weapon. We didn’t need any advanced tech support – especially given where we were. Sudan was, and is, a rowdy, lawless place, with little in the way of rules and not too many people interested in following them. The PSO, the bumbling group of Sudanese security in charge of watching us, was so inept that killing bin Laden would have been met with almost no obstacles. To get away clean, after the fact, would have almost been too easy.