Originally posted by groverat
We could have caught OBL. Would that have been a good start?
We *could* have caught him, but I reckon that members of this administration did not want him caught. In fact, they were going out of their way *not* to catch him. If he is dead, which is more than just possible, he is either buried underground in a bombed out cave somewhere along at Pakistan Afghanistan border, or he died of kidney failure as reported in late 2001 in the Pakistani press. There has been $25 million reward for the capture of OBL (and Zarqawi), (dead or alive) since 2001, and four years later, nobody taken the bait. There have also been no OBL sightings, and the rare videotapes allegedly of "bin Laden", broadcast at times most convenient for BushCorp, are proven fakes, or pre-2002. It's even possible that he has undergone major plastic surgery and is living as a different person, or under protective custody. A few months before 9-11, OBL was visited in hospital in Dubai by CIA personnel (in a US Navy helipcoter), who allegedly spoke with him for several hours. Since OBL was not arrested or detained on that occasion, what the hell were they talking about? This meeting (in June 2001) was most likely some type of 'briefing'. Take your guess as to what it was all about.
I wonder how many people know that Bin Laden and his cohorts were the recipients of $$$ multi-billion in aid and arms during the 80s under the Reagan administration, while Bush Sr. was the former CIA chief during that time. With the oil and construction industry connections, Bin Laden and co. undoubtedly have very close (ie friendly) connections with members of this administration, as well as current and former CIA officials with whom he/they dealt extensively. Common sense dictates this.
The NeoCon element of the Bush Administration (ie its core) requires
the bin Laden superstar boogey man to remain as large as life and ever present in the minds of the US public. The same goes for bin Laden's protegés and partners. These people represent the "justification" for the central platform of the BushCorp/Neocon manifesto.