Sunday, July 15, 2007
Apologists for Pres. George W. Bush routinely lay blame for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Clinton administration, because the Clinton team failed purportedly missed an opportunity to capture Osama bin Laden.
But since 2005, at least, the Bush administration has known that al Qaeda’s senior leadership, including, presumably, bin Laden, is in Pakistan — and yet the president refuses to attempt to apprehend them.
Why? Because the Pakistanis won’t allow it.
Here’s what an intelligence official said in congressional testimony earlier this week:
“It’s not that we lack the ability to go into that space,” said Tom Fingar of the office of the Director of National Intelligence. “But we have chosen not to do so without the permission of the Pakistani government,” Fingar told members of Congress who demanded to know why the U.S. did not take more decisive action against a known enemy.
Bush is suddenly averse to invading a sovereign nation? How bizarre. He has drained our blood and treasury to go after Saddam Hussein, who had nothing to do with the 2001 attacks. And yet, he lets Musharraf, a dictator, provide a safe haven for the perpetrators of the atrocity.
Karl Rove drew derisive laughter at a news conference in Denver earlier this month when he referred to the government’s new policy of not invading other countries preemptively:
KARL ROVE: The United States has concerns about taking unilateral action in a sovereign nation without their approval. And so this has always been the difficulty we have with — [Laughter.] Unless, of course, they‘re Saddam Hussein
Rove gave that answer to a question about the revelation that the administration had fixed locations for senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan in 2005, but while the Navy SEALs were en route, Sec. Donald Rumsfeld and, probably, Vice Pres. Cheney, called off the attack.Last week, Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Secretary, said he had a feeling in his gut that there would be an attack on the United States this summer. If the unthinkable does happen, it will be interesting to see how they manage to blame this one on Pres. Clinton.