Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bush Gave Up On Bin Laden; Obama Got The Job Done

Let's not forget moments like this, where the self-described "Commander Guy" admits that "I don't know where he (Bin Laden) is, I just don't spend that much time on him".

More to the point, journalists like Gareth Porter have proved that capturing or killing Bin Laden was never a priority for Bush and Cheney, they had other plans.
From Gareth Porter in "The Asia Times":

"Had the Bush administration's priority been to capture or kill the al-Qaeda leadership, it would have deployed the necessary ground troops and airlift resources in the theater over a period of months before the offensive in Afghanistan began.

"You could have moved American troops along the Pakistani border before you went into Afghanistan," said Lamm. But that would have meant waiting until spring 2002 to take the offensive against the Taliban, according to Lamm.

The views of Bush's key advisers, however, ruled out any such plan from the start. During the summer of 2001 Rumsfeld refused to develop contingency plans for military action against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, despite a National Security Presidential Directive that called for such planning, according to the 9-11 Commission report.

Rumsfeld and deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz resisted such planning for Afghanistan because they were hoping that the White House would move quickly on military intervention in Iraq. According to the 9-11 Commission, at four deputies' meetings on Iraq between May 31 and July 26, 2001, Wolfowitz pushed his idea to have US troops seize all the oil fields in southern Iraq."

So there you have it; the Bush Administration never wanted Bin Laden, they played the 9-11 card to seize the oil fields in southern Iraq.
While elements of the right-wing media want to credit Bush in part for the Bin Laden hit, multiple news agencies reported that the trail for Bin Laden had "gone cold" in 2005.

Now, Obama can say "Mission Accomplished".


Sean C. Ledig said...

Hallelujah! Testify Brother Rat!!!

My mother worked in Lower Manhattan on 9/11. She got off to work at the World Trade Center Subway Station, like she did every weekday.

I spent every free moment trying to reach her on her cell phone to make sure she was safe at her job when it happened. Thankfully, she was.

However, those towers collapsed when she walked home and she was covered in that toxic dust. She walked home like that for five miles. Like her fellow New Yorkers, she breathed in that dust for weeks afterward.

I also have a high school girlfriend who worked as a paramedic for the NYFD. Part of the reason she has health problems right now is from working that day.


B said...

They'll still say Democrats are weak on defense. Ug! It was a Democratic president who ended WWII!

And how about that Seal Team 6? Obama - a Democrat! - has used them twice! Once on pirates and now again on Bin Laden.

Dojo Rat said...

The Heritage Foundation still hasn't handed out the right wing talking points yet.
They are in total disarray and are freaking out.

hermann said...

Did you hear what N. Chomsky had to sazy? That sums it up for me quite nice!


Dojo Rat said...

I just read the Chomsky article today on another site, pretty good stuff. I've followed Chomsky for years but I haven't agreed completely with everything he says. He's definately one of the most important American researchers of all time, along with Howard Zinn.