George Bush’s supposed walk-away from the hunt for bin Laden has been all over the news, in the blogosphere, and even in the comments here.
Everyone points to this video, six months after 9/11.
I have pointed out that the video is overstated, because at the time Bush was not trying to raise expectations given that we did not know where bin Laden was, or even if he was alive. Nonetheless, the record is clear that the U.S. never gave up the hunt for bin Laden, and in fact pressed very heavily to find him resulting in key intelligence which led to bin Laden.
Considering how people are contrasting Obama’s aggressive policy with that of Bush, I wonder why the mainstream media did not bring up this statement:
‘My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him,’ he said.
‘But if we have so tightened his noose that he’s in a cave somewhere and can’t even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America.
‘I think that we have to so weaken (his) infrastructure that, whether he is technically alive or not, he is so pinned down that he cannot function.
‘I’m confident that we can keep them on the run and ensure that they cannot train terrorists to attack our homeland.
After all, such a statement would signal not an attempt to keep expectations in check, but a lack of desire to get bin Laden.
When will the mainstream media start doing its job, and stop leaving it to the blogosphere to dig up the evidence?