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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Drones following bin Ladin were diverted by Bush

More recently I read that the drones following bin Ladin were diverted from Afghanistan to the impending war in Iraq and that was why we lost his trail. Bush is the commander in chief and should have been on the ball, shouldn't he have been? He proclaimed Mission Accomplished.
Now We are still trying to get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan and it is one of the reasons why we have such large defits. Afterall Carter got blamed for the helicopters crashing in Iran.

Speaking of large deficits, when W took office the annual budget was in the black. When he left office, the total federal deficit stood at $10 trillion; he added $4 trillion to the federal deficit to pay for 1. his tax cuts in which the top bracket got 50% more than the rest of us; 2. two wars like Iraq searching for WMDs which never existed and 3. his giveaway to the drug industry and for-profit health insurers in the creating Medicare Part D with its donut holes. (Repubniks always look out for middlemen so they can get rich. )

W gave us his going away present of the Great Recession which is mainly due to Republican efforts to deregulate banking and allow Wall St Banks into the mortgage markets.

U.S. Concludes Bin Laden Escaped at Tora Bora Fight
Failure to Send Troops in Pursuit Termed Major Error
By Barton Gellman and Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, April 17, 2002; Page A01

The Bush administration has concluded that Osama bin Laden was present during the battle for Tora Bora late last year and that failure to commit U.S. ground troops to hunt him was its gravest error in the war against al Qaeda, according to civilian and military officials with first-hand knowledge.
Intelligence officials have assembled what they believe to be decisive evidence, from contemporary and subsequent interrogations and intercepted communications, that bin Laden began the battle of Tora Bora inside the cave complex along Afghanistan's mountainous eastern border. Though there remains a remote chance that he died there, the intelligence community is persuaded that bin Laden slipped away in the first 10 days of December.
After-action reviews, conducted privately inside and outside the military chain of command, describe the episode as a significant defeat for the United States. A common view among those interviewed outside the U.S. Central Command is that Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the war's operational commander, misjudged the interests of putative Afghan allies and let pass the best chance to capture or kill al Qaeda's leader. Without professing second thoughts about Tora Bora, Franks has changed his approach fundamentally in subsequent battles, using Americans on the ground as first-line combat units.
In the fight for Tora Bora, corrupt local militias did not live up to promises to seal off the mountain redoubt, and some colluded in the escape of fleeing al Qaeda fighters. Franks did not perceive the setbacks soon enough, some officials said, because he ran the war from Tampa with no commander on the scene above the rank of lieutenant colonel. The first Americans did not arrive until three days into the fighting. "No one had the big picture," one defense official said.
The Bush administration has never acknowledged that bin Laden slipped through the cordon ostensibly placed around Tora Bora as U.S. aircraft began bombing on Nov. 30.


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