Monday, August 08, 2005

More Evidence Kerry Was Right on Bin Laden

Pamela recently reported on a book showing how Kerry was right about Bush’s failure to capture Bin Laden at Tora Bora. This isn’t the only source to report this. Last April I posted a similar report at LUTD:

Kerry Right on Bush’s Failure to Capture Bin Laden

13 April 2005

A report in the New York Times on an interview with the head of German intelligence provides further evidence that John Kerry was right in his criticism of George Bush for "outsourcing" the attempts to capture Bin Laden as "to elude capture after the American invasion of Afghanistan by paying bribes to the Afghan militias delegated the task of finding him." The article also reports:

During the American presidential campaign, the Democratic candidate, John Kerry, frequently criticized the Bush administration for what he called outsourcing the hunt for Mr. bin Laden. The search reached its most active phase after the fall of the Taliban, when American and Afghan troops attacked Qaeda hide-outs in the Tora Bora Mountains on the border with Pakistan.

Defenders of the administration have maintained that using local troops to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban was aimed both at minimizing American casualties and preventing the conflict from becoming an "American war."

In his interview, Mr. Hanning was critical of that strategy as it applied to the goal of capturing or killing Mr. bin Laden, who, he said, was able to insulate himself inside a protective network of supporters after the early efforts to arrest or kill him failed.

Portions of the New York Times account were also posted at the Unofficial Kerry Blog.


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