In INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics on September 12, 2008 at UTC.02.30.

Just a few days after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush said this to congress, “any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.” Reports hae said that his hiideout is somewhere near the mountain region of the Pakistani/Afghanistani border. So, why hasn’t the Bush administration listed Pakistan as a hostile regime, since numerous reports suggest Bin laden & Al Qaeda are bunkered in the area?

Seven Years later What we Know:

 “Bin Laden is presumed to have been in Afghanistan on 9/11 and to have fled that nation during the battle at Tora Bora in December of 2001. Gary Berntsen, who was the CIA officer in charge on the ground, told me that his request for Army Rangers to prevent Bin Laden’s escape into Pakistan was denied, and sure enough, that’s where Bin Laden went.

“We now know that in late 2005, the CIA disbanded Alec Station, the FBI-CIA unit dedicated to finding bin Laden, something that was reported on July 4, 2006, by the New York Times. At the time, I hoped we’d closed the bin Laden unit because Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was fully engaged in the hunt in his country’s northwest territories, where the duo were supposedly hiding. In September 2006, however, Musharraf reached an accord with tribal leaders there, notorious for their refusal to hand over a guest. In doing so, he agreed to give them continued free rein.”

So, we had Bin Laden in our sights, but due to bureaucracy we couldn’t proceed with the search. Why didn’t we “smoke ’em out!” Or, why didn’t we build consensus within the International community and our allies to force the Musharraf government to allow our Rangers access to Pakistani land?

Our country basically stood passive as this notorious mass murderer reigned free & clear in the North West region of Pakistan. That is a troubling aspect of our countries foreign policy. Our leaders didn’t have the respect of world leaders to have access granted on an international fugitive. That tells me a lot about the perception of America’s brand abroad.

“May 24, 2007, White House news conference, when asked why Osama was still at large, President Bush offered his usual refrain: “Because we haven’t got him yet … That’s why. And he’s hiding, and we’re looking, and we will continue to look until we bring him to justice.”

“On May 20, 2007, the Times reported that we (USA) were paying $80 million a month to Pakistan for its supposed counterterrorism efforts, for a total of $5.6 billion.”

So, we pay an entire country to fight our terrotist enemies for us. However, these are the same guys who told us they brokered a treaty with area tribesmen who wouldn’t ‘turn over’ their guests to the Army rangers who were in HOT pursuit back in 12/01. I feel it critical to belabor this point because we are currently pursuing the same strategy in Irag today.

America has former Shia militia and former Al Qaeda operatives under payroll in Iraq to help quell sectarian violence. In certain areas where we lost our competitive advantage within hotly contested regions within Iraq we employ formerly hostile regimes to fight on our behalf.

Are there any repurcussions to this strategy? Well, let me remind you that Bin Laden was once an American ally that fought off communist Russia with the support of American strategy. Afterwards, when the American military machine cut off all support, Bin Laden and crew were outraged with the US, and vowed to make the infidels pay.

One has to ask, has the government learned its lessons from the mistakes of its past? From the looks of it, NO!



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