Sunday, October 23, 2005

An infinite supply of shoes to drop

Karl Rove's playbook says you win by attacking the other guy's strength. So what Larry Johnson reports @ the Booman Tribune is especially meaningful:

The CIA field commander for the agency's Jawbreaker team at Tora Bora, Gary Berntsen, has finally got approval to publish his book, which will hit the streets on December 27, 2005.

The CIA has sat on the book for more than a year and tried to stop its publication. Although the book is not intended as a criticism of President Bush, it will land another body blow to the beleaguered Bush Presidency.

Bernsten's key point in the book is his testimonty that he and other U.S. commanders did know that bin Laden was among the hundreds of fleeing Qaeda and Taliban members.

According to NEWSWEEK, "Berntsen says he had definitive intelligence that bin Laden was holed up at Tora Bora--intelligence operatives had tracked him--and could have been caught. He was there."

Look for General Tommy Franks image as the great commander to be further tarnished.

This book will have the unintended effect of reminding all Americans that George Bush did not finish the job of tracking down Bin Laden. Instead, he shifted key military and intelligence resources and started a war of choice in Iraq.

As best I recall, the only issue on which Shrub still polls better than colon cancer is the GWOT. Assuming he is still in office come December, this book could well change that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, come on. The reason that Bush abandoned the hunt for bin Laden is obvious. bin Laden was more useful as the bogeyman to scare the American public than sitting harmless in some jail cell. As long as bin Laden is free, Bush can keep claiming that this terrorist is free to plan more 9/11 type attacks on America.

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