In the Times/International Herald Tribune, we learn today that
A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in the tribal areas of Pakistan was aborted at the last minute after top officials in the Bush administration decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and military officials.Apparently, Rumsfeld concluded hat the mounting scale of the operation - which a "former senior intelligence official" (jokingly?) called the "the invasion of Pakistan" - would have damaged or destroyed our relationship with Pervez Musharraf.
Good conclusion, Rummy. Should we kill or capture the figures behind a mass murder of 2000 Americans on 9/11 and of countless others around the world before and since that awful day, or should we continue to coddle a man who has since cut a deal with his Islamists, who facilitated the proliferation of atomic technology throughout the world, and who is, after all, a military dictator?
Why does the Bush Administration hate America? And why do the Republicans still get any credibility on national security?