Sunday, February 29, 2004

Continued Complicity or Newly Found Energy
WASHINGTON - The United States is rounding up and questioning the relatives of fugitive al-Qaida leaders to generate information on the possible whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and his top deputies. This tactic helped lead to Saddam Hussein's capture.
Meanwhile, American commanders in Afghanistan have expressed new optimism about finding bin Laden. Late last month, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty said the military believes it could seize bin Laden this year, perhaps within months.
Let's say they capture binLaden in October. Doesn't that beg the question as to why they didn't have him, say, last October, or October 2002? The real question is -will the press fall all over themselves praising the Administration for bin Laden's capture as they did in December over the capture of Saddam or will they begin to ask the questions that should have been broached before Iraq was invaded.


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