COURIC: How important do you think it is, Mr. President-elect, to apprehend Osama bin Laden?Is this the new definition of "Hell"? The Allahpundit reminds us of other past meaty Obama tough talk but everyone already knows about the powerful effect this one single bearded cave freak seems to have on our politicians, and even on old washed up journalists. And soon to be ex-presidents. To wit..
OBAMA: 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. My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him. But if we have so tightened the 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.
His point about it taking 10 years to bring the African Embassy bombers to justice was a good one--you can add Abdul Yasin in that mix, still wanted for mixing the bomb for WTC 1 in 1993. By the way, we can now forget about bin Laden tapes being engineered in Rove's basement as all are now instantly legitimate and irrelevant (just like in 1998). Until God forbid another attack, which will be blamed on Rove.
But hey--Bush was the guy who said "dead or alive" then later claimed bin Laden really didn't matter that much. Can a rational person really be expected to believe any of this? After all, media reports said we were close to getting him at Tora Bora.
Everyone knew Obama would walk back his cat and perhaps Bush was just being Bush--not knowing exactly how many minutes or miles separated us from Dr. Evil because he'd delegated out everything. But dangit, a president should know more than that, meaning there's still a lot we don't know. Forthcoming books might shine some light on this mystery, or not, but we can be certain of one thing--the age of "inside jobs" is over--case in point.