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Bin Laden in the crosshairs? Keep your fingers crossed.
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Saturday, March 03, 2007

Via ABC, there's a report that Coalition forces in Afghanistan are attacking a holdout with a "high-value" Al Qaeda target:
Official sources would not rule out that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden himself was the intended victim. Afghan officials said the target could be another senior ranking al Qaeda leader.
The resistance appears to be stiff, which is consistent with protection of a valuable Al Qaeda asset. Too early to really get our hopes up, but remember the old saw: Bin Laden has to be lucky every time. We only have to be lucky once.
 
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This would be welcome news, indeed, although AQ can survive without him. Every bit of erosion of their leadership counts, though, and this would be a symbolic coup for the Coalition.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
Al Qaeda can certainly survive without him, but the psychological blow would be a serious one. And the psychological lift on our side would help.

It could make the surge more likely to succeed, at least in the short term. Pelosi and company would have to stop carping for at least a few days, which would help, and there would some discouragement for the enemy.

But I’ll take it just for the impact of silencing the disingenuous leftist bleating of "Iraq was a distraction from Afghanistan! Bush didn’t even get bin Laden!"
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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But I’ll take it just for the impact of silencing the disingenuous leftist bleating of "Iraq was a distraction from Afghanistan! Bush didn’t even get bin Laden!"

Of course most of them opposed the war in Afghanistan too, way back in 2001.

There are a lot of people who have managed to distill the results of their deep thinking on the problem of terrorism into one line: "Where is bin Laden?"

My guess is that if bin Laden is ever killed or captured these same people will be the first ones to inform us silly "wingers" that he was never all that important in the first place.

Then, after "Loose Change 2" comes out, raising the possibility that the government faked bin Laden’s death, he will be important again.
 
Written By: Aldo
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But I’ll take it just for the impact of silencing the disingenuous leftist bleating of "Iraq was a distraction from Afghanistan! Bush didn’t even get bin Laden!"
But now they’ll say, "We’ve got bin Laden, why are we still at war?"

I’m not kidding, they will say that. There is a sizeable faction that thinks this is a war to catch bin Laden, not a war against terrorism.
 
Written By: Steverino
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They will also say:

And it took almost 6 years to catch him! 3,000 soldiers and half a trillion dollars "wasted."
 
Written By: Nuclear
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And if any of them did not say those things, they would be cheerily ignored in favor of a triumphal caged hunt for the ones that did.

At last having bin Laden truly and surely dead would be a nice relief and for some a sort of comfort. I think capturing and trying him would make a finer symbol, but he’s not the sort of man worth worrying very much about justice for.
 
Written By: Paludicola
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I think capturing and trying him would make a finer symbol, but he’s not the sort of man worth worrying very much about justice for.
Gotta disagree with you on that thought. Giving that guy the world stage for however long it would take to ’convict’ him? That would be a nightmare. Better to just have him dead. And some nice photo’s of him as well...

 
Written By: meagain
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Of course most of them opposed the war in Afghanistan too, way back in 2001.

Ah yes, Tom Daschle trying to score points by saying Bush wasn’t doing enough the day before the start of Enduring Freedom. He always did have a sense of timing. Rather like Gore having to cancel speeches on global warming due to blizzards. Then there was the "quagmire" talk just a few days afterward when lo and behold, Kabul fell to the Northern Alliance. Great days. Good memories...

Ironically, every time I try to find something on Google about this (recalling how short most Americans’ memories are) all I come with are reams of leftist nutjobs screeds about "BusHitler".
 
Written By: John
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