Remember how the hostage crisis sunk Carter and how the incoming Reagan Administration traded arms to the Iranians in exchange for the hostages, who just happened to be released while Reagan was taking office? Reagan let Carter greet the hostages while he was being sworn in, which was all carried via a nice split-screen on American television.
Get ready for this year's October surprise -- the capture of Osama Bin Laden. There's no question that if we had devoted the manpower and resources that we have to Iraq, we would have caught Bin Laden by now. Now, the Administration is planning a spring offensive in Afghanistan, aimed at capturing Bin Laden and Mullah Omar.
This article, quoting a military spokesman, is pretty stunning. It's doubtful he would say he was sure unless they have a very good idea where he is now.
"The U.S. military is "sure" it will catch Osama bin Laden this year, perhaps within months, a spokesman declared Thursday, but Pakistan said it would not allow American troops to cross the border in search of the al-Qaida leader."
The article goes on to say the US will cross into Pakistan, whether we have permission or not. Good. We should. But why didn't we do it two years ago, instead of diverting into Iraq?
Another thing: the media loves to play "Gotcha!" with all the Democratic candidates. Twice in the last month, Pres. Bush has said Hussein wasn't allowing inspections and that's why we had to go in. There were inspections going on. They were stopped because we were getting ready to go to war. Why doesn't anyone call him on this?
By the way, remember how everyone used to make fun of UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix because he couldn't find any WMD's. Pretty funny, now, huh?