This is politics, pure and simple; nothing more than a way to wave around the specter of 9/11 in order to draw public support for a failing president and an unpopular war. I am disgusted that the ranking military leader in the middle-east theater would stoop to such a level.
(For an EXCELENT, must read piece about this on George Washington’s blog, go here)
McChrystal: Getting bin Laden key to defeating al Qaida
By Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers WASHNGTON — Days after his boss said that there was no new intelligence on the whereabouts of al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told Congress Tuesday that killing or capturing bin Laden is critical to defeating the terrorist organization.
Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top Afghanistan commander, said, however, that he could not promise that his new military strategy would lead to bin Laden’s capture because when the al Qaida leader moves outside of Afghanistan, chasing after him “is outside my mandate.”
McChrystal’s comments underscored a key contradiction in President Barack Obama’s new Afghanistan strategy: While it dedicates thousands of additional troops to combating the Taliban in Afghanistan, it adds few resources aimed at the policy’s stated goal: “disrupting, dismantling and defeating” al Qaida.