As he departs from Great Britain in the final part of his last European venture as President, a U.S intelligence source has revealed that Bush has renewed his efforts to find Osama Bin Ladden, who has been wanted by the United States since he and his Al-Queda organization carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C, and a commercial plane in Pennsylvania that day.
Days following the attack Bush vowed to apprehend the suspected terrorists, saying that they were Wanted ‘dead or alive’, but such efforts were largely marginalized with such things as the U.S invasion of Iraq in 2003, as well as the Bush administrations other plans in the War on terror.
In a 2006 article in a gaggle with a small collection of Conservative journalists, the Neoconservative journal the Weekly Standard, Bush told co-founder and columnist for the Weekly Standard Fred Barnes that capturing Bin Ladden was not his focus at the moment regarding the War on Terror. This echoed comments he made publicly just six months after the 9/11 attacks that ‘he didn’t know nor do I really spend much time’ focusing on where Bin Ladden is.
But now with a downbeat economy, skyrocketing gas prices, a botched response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and an unpopular War in Iraq, Bush is re-visiting the idea of capturing Bin Ladden, hoping according to a U.S intelligence source that such a capture would vindicate Bush’s presidency in the annals of history. Because of course, America’s top priority is not its safety, security, global image, and prosperity; but repairing the tattered and pathetic legacy of a President. That’s the problem with so many leaders throughout history, they believe that damage to their own political careers and legacies are equal to threats towards a nation.
Don’t get me wrong, Bush should be pursuing Bin Ladden ‘to the gates of Hell’ if necessary (to barrow a phrase from John McCain). This is a man who is the mascot and big name behind Al-Queda, which has engineered various terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 attacks. However he should have been doing this for the past seven years, instead of working to maximize executive powers that grant that branch of government more power then any good human being should ever desire to have and any bad human being should ever have, or engaging in unjust counterproductive invasions and occupations such as Iraq.
The Bush administration has even gone as far, allegedly, as pushing for the use of British Special Forces in such a mission.
Also in other News, the British are contemplating a time table for withdrawal of their troops from Iraq. We would do well to take heed from them.
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