Sunday, June 15, 2008

Wanted: Dead or Alive (redux)

Despite his post-Sept. 11th promise of capturing Osama Bin Laden, dead or alive, George W. Bush ultimately did not make good on this. (Big surprise.) Worse yet, when tempers later cooled off a bit, he stated he didn't think about bin Laden much. Now, I didn't lose anyone on Sept 11th, but I was incensed by this seemingly callous remark on the part of the President. I can only imagine what it must of felt like to those who did.

With his presidency winding down in shambles, and his legacy being reduced to being mostly remembered as that of the worst--and least popular--US president of the modern era, and after bin Laden has successfully escaped US capture or death all these years, Shrub has decided to go after Osama, but for reals now. [Emphasis mine.]

The London Sunday Times
:

President George W Bush has enlisted British special forces in a final attempt to capture Osama Bin Laden before he leaves the White House.

As Mr Bush arrived in Britain today on the final leg of his eight-day farewell tour of Europe, defence and intelligence sources in Washington and London confirmed that a renewed hunt was on for the leader of the September 11 attacks. “If he [Bush] can say he has killed Saddam Hussein and captured Bin Laden, he can claim to have left the world a safer place,” said a US intelligence source.

The Special Boat Service (SBS) and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment have been taking part in the US-led operations to capture Bin Laden in the wild frontier region of northern Pakistan. It is the first time they have operated across the Afghan border on a regular basis.

The hunt was “completely sanctioned” by the Pakistani government, according to a UK special forces source. It involves the use of Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles fitted with Hellfire missiles that can be used to take out specific terrorist targets.

A lame, last-ditch attempt fueled not by a sense of justice, but vanity. How pathetic.

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