Saturday, October 23, 2004

 

Retired U.S. General Attacks Kerry Over Bin Laden

According to the general in charge, Kerry is clueless about Tora Bora and Bin Laden. First of all the assertion that W has not been tough enough with our military is crazy. Nobody is going to buy this argument. Kerry wants to say that he would have used our military in a different way. This allows him to justify (unsuccessfully in my opinion) his stance previously supporting regime change in Afghanistan AND Iraq, and now constantly criticizing the war. This is Kerry's elite subtlety - if you don't get him you must be uneducated, unsophisticated or god forbid - poor.

As for this article, Tommy Franks who was in charge of operations in Tora Bora basically rips Kerry a new one.

"I was responsible for the operation at Tora Bora, and I can tell you that the senator's understanding of events doesn't square with reality," retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks wrote in a commentary published by The New York Times.

Actually the senators understanding of most things don't square with reality. But I digress...

General Franks went on:

"We don't know to this day whether Mr. bin Laden was at Tora Bora in December 2001. Some intelligence sources said he was; others indicated he was in Pakistan at the time; still others suggested he was in Kashmir," wrote Franks, who led the invasions of Afghanistan and later Iraq as chief of the U.S. military's Central Command.

"Tora Bora was teeming with Taliban and Qaeda operatives, many of whom were killed or captured, but Mr. bin Laden was never within our gasp."


The most ridiculous claim is that we 'outsourced' the operation in Tora Bora. I can't even make a good analogy here, but however you might define outsourcing, using Afgan fighters to guide operations through a mountain maze while American planes bombed Al Qaeda into oblivion is not outsourcing. In fact, using local fighters who know their way around and who may have even more to gain from getting Bin Laden and stomping Al Qaeda seems like a smart move.

Franks contended that the American military did not outsource military action, although "we did rely heavily on Afghans because they knew Tora Bora."

Let us never forget which democrat president refused Bin Laden on a silver platter - TWICE. (For you ASU students, the answer is Bill Clinton)




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