Recent Senate report, describes US failure to capture Osama bin Laden in 2001
Removing the Al Qaeda leader from the battlefield eight years ago would not have eliminated the worldwide extremist threat. But the decisions that opened the door for his escape to Pakistan allowed bin Laden to emerge as a potent symbolic figure who continues to attract a steady flow of money and inspire fanatics worldwide. "(p.1)
Eight years ago Osama bin laden narrowly escaped the clutches of DoD Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and General Tommy Franks during a campaign in Tora Bora.
The Report is titled Tora Bora Revisted: How we Failed to Get bin Laden and why it Matters Today " and is available through this In the article, it is revealed that the military operations in Afghanistan that were focused on bin Laden, were modeled by the Bush administration to be small and specialized, a light and efficient team of CIA paramilitary " and other types of covert teams. Perhaps these tactics were chosen so the Bush administration could surreptitiously sway the public on a war with Iraq through their typical false information and doublespeak. Whatever the case, conflicts arising now can surely be at least partially blamed on the Bush administration.
The resources in Afghanistan were more than sufficient to achieve the task of removing bin Laden.There were enough U.S. troops in or near Afghanistan to executethe classic sweep-and-block maneuver required to attack bin Ladenand try to prevent his escape. "(p.3)The Senate report directly associates this failure with Former DoD Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The errors this man made in governing the state of the US defenses were atrocious. In this case, the DoD chose to send in small teams of Delta Force and other specialized forces rather than risk a large movement of already present troops. Accordingly, Bin Laden was able to escape and cross into Pakistan. Former Vice President, Dick Cheney reported that it could not be proven that Bin Laden was even in these caves at Tora Bora. Because Bin Laden survived, the Senate report concludes that regardless of the possibility of intelligence error (Bin Laden actually not being in these caves at Tora Bora at all) letting Bin Laden survive has only allowed his perverted hate-doctrine, and maniacal misinterpretations of Islam to thrive.
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