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All over the Leftosphere, I'm hearing a huge pile of manure being shoveled regarding former President Bush and Osama Bin Laden. The Leftos are saying Bush didn't care about getting Bin Laden and wasn't even looking for him (I'm not even counting the crazed Lefto conspiracy theorists who think Bush was protecting Bin Laden for some reason). They mainly cite two facts to support their inane hypothesis. First is a statement Bush made in a 2002 press conference:
Second is the fact that Bush closed the CIA "Bin Laden Unit" that was tasked specifically with finding Bin Laden. That unit operated from 1996-2005.
At this point you might be thinking, 'Well gosh, King, it DOES sound like Bush wasn't looking for Bin Laden'.
Yes, I suppose it does...if these two bits of information are all you look at, as the Leftos would have you do. The truth, however, is much different than what the Leftos are shoveling.
Let's start with the obvious fact that Bush wasn't really the one looking for Bin Laden, and neither was Obama. That job was done by the CIA and other intelligence agencies. If Bush said he didn't think much about Bin Laden in 2002, well, the people who count, such as the CIA's Bin Laden Unit, WERE thinking about Bin Laden, and were still looking for him until at least 2005, when the unit was disbanded. This leads to the second fallacy of the Leftos. They are intentionally trying to mislead us into believing the disbandment of the Bin Laden Unit meant Bush (America) was no longer searching for Bin Laden. This is untrue (and the Leftos know it). Here are the facts about the end of the Bin Laden Unit, as reported at by the New York Times:
WASHINGTON, July 3 — The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday.
The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the officials said.
The decision is a milestone for the agency, which formed the unit before Osama bin Laden became a household name and bolstered its ranks after the Sept. 11 attacks, when President Bush pledged to bring Mr. Bin Laden to justice "dead or alive."
The realignment reflects a view that Al Qaeda is no longer as hierarchical as it once was, intelligence officials said, and a growing concern about Qaeda-inspired groups that have begun carrying out attacks independent of Mr. bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Agency officials said that tracking Mr. bin Laden and his deputies remained a high priority, and that the decision to disband the unit was not a sign that the effort had slackened. Instead, the officials said, it reflects a belief that the agency can better deal with high-level threats by focusing on regional trends rather than on specific organizations or individuals.
"The efforts to find Osama bin Laden are as strong as ever," said Jennifer Millerwise Dyck, a C.I.A. spokeswoman. "This is an agile agency, and the decision was made to ensure greater reach and focus."
You'd have to be crazy to think any American President wouldn't be trying to find the man behind the 9/11 attacks. Of course they were looking for Bin Laden. We never stopped looking for him. We were looking for him for 15 years before we finally got him. In fact, Bush sent the might of the Ameican military after Bin Laden following 9/11. We invaded Afghanistan to get him and remove the state Al Qaeda-supporting Taliban from power. If that wasn't about disrupting and apprehending Al Qaedans, I don't know what would be. We nearly got Bin Laden at Tora Bora, but he slipped through our fingers, partly due to a bad decision on our part to outsource some of the job to Afghanis. We got lots of other high-level Al Qaeda terrorists from that invasion, along with a treasure trove of information about Al Qaeda. In my last post, I provided some information about how the interrogations of Al Qaeda members captured in Afghanistan provided us with early information about Bin Laden's couriers. That was one brick in the wall that led to finally getting Bin Laden.
In 2003, Bush took a detour into Iraq, but Bin Laden's trail had gone cold again by then. I thought the Iraq War was a mistake, and I thought so before the wmd intelligence (which was also not gathered by Bush, Leftos) turned out to be wrong. I'm glad Saddam's gone, and I think the Middle East is a better place without the Butcher Of Baghdad, but I wouldn't have made the same call Bush did. If anything would be an argument in favor of the Lefto proposition that Bush stopped looking for Bin Laden, it would be the Iraq War. That diverted resources away from Afghanistan, as the Leftos are quick to point out, but as we all know now, Bin Laden wasn't in Afghanistan. He was in Pakistan. Also, I'm pretty sure we can conduct a war and still have the CIA looking for Bin Laden. I do believe we are capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. I mean, you didn't ever not get your IRS tax refund because the government was too busy with the Iraq War, right ? Our mammoth federal government can do more than one thing at a time.
In the wake of Bin Laden's killing, I'm hearing criticism from Right-wingers of Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to investigate potential illegal activity by the Gitmo CIA interrogators. The Righties say this will demoralize the CIA, and they also point out that those interrogations provided all kinds of valuable info about Al Qaeda. The Leftos have responded by saying...there is no such investigation by Obama, as if right-wingers are lying ?!?!?!? Huh ? Here's what ThinkProgess maintains:
[Former VP] Cheney also echoed former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and chastised Obama for “prosecuting” the intelligence officers who tortured detainees. “These men deserve to be decorated, they don’t deserve to be prosecuted,” he told Wallace, calling it “an outrage that we would go after the people who deserve the credit for keeping us safe for seven and a half years.” While the Obama administration in fact decided long ago not to prosecute any CIA agents involved in torture, Cheney nevertheless suggested Obama has been so relentless in going after those responsible that “these guys…have to look over their shoulder.”
Who is telling the truth here ? Hint - It's not ThinkProgress (no surprise there). While Obama did say he wants to look forward and not backward regarding the CIA interrogations, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed a Special Prosecutor in August 2009 to look into possible illegal activity by CIA interrogators. That investigation is ongoing, and ThinkProgress is misleading it's readers, as usual.
I understand why Left-wingers are so misinformed. They make the gigantic mistake of believing whatever phlegm the Leftosphere coughs up on any particular day, not realizing it is nothing but a collection of conjecture, half-truths, and outright lies. I only wonder why Left-wingers are gullible enough to believe it all (other than because they want to). I read ThinkProgress for two minutes and realize it's a bunch of crap. Why don't they ? They have an entire internet to ferret out the truth. Why don't they ? When crap comes from the Right, like with the Birther stuff, I check into it and find out it's crap. Why can't Lefties do the same ? It's not very difficult.