October 22, 2004

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9-11 panelist says U.S. knows where bin Laden is located (JIM MOHR, 10/21/04, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The Pentagon knows exactly where Osama bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan, it just can't get to him, a member of the 9-11 Commission said Thursday.

Commissioner John Lehman's remarks echoed those made Tuesday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, who asserted the al-Qaida terror kingpin was alive and operating in the western part of that country.

Bin Laden is living in South Waziristan in the Baluchistan Mountains of the Baluchistan Region, Lehman said, after delivering a keynote speech on terrorism at Pitzer College in Claremont to kick off the university's three-day writer's festival.

In the exclusive interview, Lehman said, "There is an American presence in the area, but we can't just send in troops. If we did, we could have another Vietnam, and the United States cannot afford that right now."

When pressed on why the United States couldn't send troops into the region to capture the world's No. 1 terrorist, Lehman said the Baluchistan Region of the country is filled with militant fundamentalists who do not recognize the legitimacy of President Pervez Musharraf, a close ally of the United States.

"That is a region filled with Taliban and al-Qaida members" he said, acknowledging that Pakistan's security services also are filled with many who agree with bin Laden's beliefs and would aid him if U.S. Special Forces entered the region.

"Look," he said, "Musharraf already has had three assassination attempts on his life. He is trying to comply, but he is surrounded by people who do not agree with him. This is not like Afghanistan, where there was no compliance, and we had to go in. We'll get (bin Laden) eventually, just not now."


It seems unlikely that he's still alive, but whatever remains of al Qaeda ios certainly in Western Pakistan and that's where the War ends. It's preferable to have Musharraf deal with it, but if he's toppled we'll have to. If Senator Kerry is to be believed he'd have put our ground forces in there late in 2001, regardless of Pakistan being an ally. Saddam would still be in power and we'd still not be able to produce Osama's corpse.


MORE:
Military pounds militants’ hideouts in Waziristan (Iqbal Khattak, 10/23/04, Daily Times)

Security forces attacked suspected Islamic militants’ hideout with helicopter gunships and mortars on Friday as a house-to-house search operation in the Spinkay Raghzai area was likely to begin on Saturday, military sources told Daily Times.

“There has been heavy fire in the area and security forces have arrested someone, though he is not Abdullah Mehsud,” said a security official who asked not to be named.

Military sources said the offensive began at 3:00am (2200 GMT Thursday) against a suspected militant hideout in Kotkai, 65 kilometres east of Wana.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2004 8:34 PM
Comments

Osama is in Monte Carlo where dialysis is readily available. Bush won't grab him because the Saudis pay his family to keep the terrorists safe. Do they give Fredo,excuse me Neil, Bush money because he's good-looking?

Of course, if Kerry came into power, they'd pay him off too.

Posted by: Bart at October 22, 2004 11:14 PM

Bart:

No, it's the Elders of Zion.

Posted by: oj at October 23, 2004 9:03 AM

Wasn't Osama spotted in the Bohemian Grove? Or at Renaissance Weekend?

Posted by: ratbert at October 24, 2004 1:13 AM
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