November 29th, 2009
10:25 AM ET
9 years ago

Report: 'Bin Laden was within our grasp'

Washington (CNN) - President Obama got some political cover Sunday for his upcoming announcement on sending more troops to Afghanistan.

A report released by the Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blamed the Bush administration for failing to capture or kill Osama bin Laden when the al Qaeda leader was cornered in Afghanistan's Tora Bora mountain region in December 2001.

Bin Laden had written his will, apparently sensing he was trapped, but the lack of sufficient forces to close in for the kill allowed him to escape to tribal areas in Pakistan, according to the report.

It said former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and top U.S. commander Gen. Tommy Franks held back the necessary forces for a "classic sweep-and-block maneuver" that could have prevented bin Laden's escape.

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  1. Mike in Oahu

    Good Governance needs to focus on how to get things done and the path forward. Politics and poll numbers are concerned with making the other guy look worse to make yourself look better.

    Unfortunately our government has been hostage to politicians (and not leaders) for quite some time now. And I'm not talking about just this administration but previous ones as well. This political hostage crisis has paralyzed good governance in our country.

    The founders of this nation were not career politicians, but were educated private citizens who ran their own farms and businesses and looked to governance as a duty rather than a career. It was their private businesses which provided a majority of their income. Today's career politicians are an entirely different breed altogether as most of them are concerned about long careers and will defer to the politically expedient solution rather than making the good hard choices.

    Regardless of the political party in party, this is the reality and conundrum we find ourselves in.

    November 29, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. They call me "tater salad"

    The Republicans LET HIM GET AWAY, because it would have been a lot more difficult for them to keep the fear factor alive and well for so long without Bin Laden out there "supposedly" plotting his next attack on "merica"! You sheep are just too easy to fool..........No wonder our government takes advantage of you so much........You half-wits sit right there and let it happen constantly!!!!!!!!!FOOLS!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. JMikey5 4

    Bush let America down when he allowed Bin Laden to escape into Pakistan. Why did he allow this to happen? What reason or reasons could he have for letting this terrorist escape? We had him and Bush just let him walk away.

    November 29, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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