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Readers Doubt We'll Catch Bin Laden

Craig Whitlock writes from Pakistan this morning that U.S. and Pakistani officials have discerned that their inability to develop informants who can lead them to Osama bin Laden isn't getting the job done. They have decided to rely more on unmanned drones to fire missiles into suspected al-Qaeda positions.

This news, as we approach the seventh anniversary of 9/11, has caused our Readers Who
Comment to take a rather skeptical view of the change in tactics. Some wonder if it isn't geared to the upcoming national election -- seeing the capture or killing of bin Laden as a political benefit for Republicans. Several worry about "collateral damage," the euphemism employed to describe strikes that kill friendly forces or civilians. A number of comments note that going after bin Laden was Job One before President Bush decided to invade Iraq.

Finally, one reader blames the Post for reporting the change in tactics and thus tipping off al Qaeda to something I suspect it has already figured out.

We'll start with nestmaster, who wrote, "Yeah, right. Bin Laden is going to be caught/killed because drone strikes have moved into the dozens in a year? We didn't get him before due to a lack of boots on the ground and less than needed determination. Results speak louder than words."

MikeMcNally said, "I see Bush has taken Barack Obama's advice again. It's nice to see a true intelligent leader again, not a bunch of lying little children that have been running the US for the past eight years."

And Pepto-Bismol suggested that "Now Bush has adopted all of Obama's foreign policy and terror war views. Logical handoff come January therefore is Obama."

But YouSee had a somewhat different spin, asking, "Are we gonna' catch this Osama guy just in time for the eve of election?"

And ronrod17509 said, "This is political hogwash. They have had these drones for years, why, now, in the waning days of the Bush presidency has the hunt for Osama Bin Laden suddenly become so urgent?... I predict they will find Osama Bin Laden and kill him or capture him before the November elections..."

motiv8ed wrote that "John McCain has stated, "I will go to the gates of hell to get Osama bin Laden" and "I know how to get him."
Why then hasn't he shared this information with those in a position to act on it..."

SGlover910 said, "Great. So we can blow up lots more wedding parties, kill lots more civilians (any male corpses, we call "militants"), and keep on doing Osama's recruiting for him!..."

treetopflyer wondered "What is the signal lag between a drone and its controller back here in the States?... Is the delay enough for someone to fire at a terrorist, but hit civilians? Is the effectiveness and ability of this system to single out hostile targets as opposed to innocent civilians being oversold?"

Speaking of collateral damage, July_4th_1776 wrote, "I don't care how they do it, and don't care how many "innocents" get blown away while going after Osama Bin Laden. Since suicide belts and car bombs used liberally by terrorists doesn't seem to bother them, why should some collateral damage bother us...."

But lichtme wrote, "...this Terminator 1 approach will surely bag Bush 100s of innocent civilians! go get 'em Christian Soldiers! gotta kill fast to bring on the End Times!"

But savetheworld0879 said, "You-kill-my-son-Ill-kill-your-son approach, huh? Times have chamged. We are not living in 5000 B.C any more. Loss of innocent lives CANNOT be justified in the name of revenge, for revenge is for the evil minded."

notabeliever wrote, "Only took 7 years to change the course. What a bunch of bumbling idiots."

webg said, "To give bin Laden a fair chance, I guess it's good that the Washington Post printed our new strategy for catching him."

We'll close with jccrandell, who asked, "...So how much money have we spent on this search for the Arabian Waldo while our economey sinks lower? Did he say that his purpose on September 11, was to destroy the American economy? Mission accomplished."

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  September 10, 2008; 7:35 AM ET
Categories:  Afghanistan , Bin Laden , Bush , Pakistan , Terrorism  
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God Bless America.And one very last thing please forgive me for any grammatical errors in which I have made but you know what I am talking about don't you,don't lie now,again.Thank you my Fellow Americans. NJ1.

Posted by: NJ1. | September 14, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I am a European who has lived in the states long enough to understand what's going on. How can anyone who observes the presidential compaign believe that the GOP is the one who is actually interested at all in presenting solution to overall problem the US has. I haven' heard or read anything that from the Republicans on how they want to go about the economy - healthcare - international relations that triggers the slightest bit of trust for them. I do hope that people make a choice based on credibility and facts and not on ads that are just a waste of money.

Posted by: sasso11@lycos.com | September 11, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Probably would have had OBL by now had it not of been for GW and his over-whelming desire to finish his dad's work. Seven years, and the SOB that started the whole thing is still alive and free. Sad state of affairs if you ask any resonable person. Maybe the next person in the WH will be able to keep their attention tuned to the real here-and-now issue and track that little sand-rat down and kill him. There are over 3,000 people in NY, PA, and DC that woould sure appreciate it.

Posted by: peanuts2 | September 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

FREEDOM ISN'T FREE.

Posted by: Wampass | September 11, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about Bin Laden, he is just one man. The problem is much bigger than that and at least Bush put the boots on the ground to go toe to toe with extremists instead of pretending there is no threat from more than just Afghanistan.

We need to support peaceful muslims and help them speak out against the extremists and the propaganda which emboldens them. There are some who are taught as children to embrace ideals of Jihad just as we embrace ideals of freedom. We are at war people, wake up.

Posted by: Michael | September 11, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Why we will never catch Bin Ladin. 1. If we had him half of the world would do anything to free him and 2. We need him as a figure head of our current foe.

Posted by: oregon7131 | September 11, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

well, for me bin laden is as illusive as the now famous "god particle", both of these concepts simply do not exist! :)

Posted by: manuel pestana | September 10, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

McCain could find him. He says he will following him to the gates of Hell after all. I say we send McCAin over to look for him. LOL. He was pobably drinking when he said it. After all Republicans do like to drink, Bush has a DUI, Cheney has 2 So I guess we should not take John McCain at his word. He may have been under the influence when he said that.

Posted by: Larry The Dem | September 10, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

We will probably recover a peice of his DNA from where he has blown himself to Hell in a cave. That will probably be all we will find of Bin Laden. I think Palin would have a better chance of finding Bin Laden then Obama or McCain.
Thats in Despite of her Scandals and Affair. http://www.hotpres.com Seems like we dont have many choices this year.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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