So what’s the deal here? Hasn’t it been a major talking point of the demon-crats that this is one of Bush’s worst failures??? Even the great Obomno said in the debates that "his administration "will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda.". <B><I><FONT face=Arial>Well anyway, here’s the great Obomno, changing again:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4246181/Barack-Obama-killing-Osama-bin-Laden-not-essential.html President-Elect Barack Obama has said that killing Osama bin Laden is not essential in the fight against al-Qaeda. Last Updated: 1:36PM GMT 15 Jan 2009 Obama said that it was not essential to kill or even capture bin Laden . Mr Obama, who assumes power as US commander-in-chief next week after his inauguration on Jan 20, pledged to try to succeed where his predecessor George W Bush failed by catching or killing the terrorist leader. But he said that it was not essential to kill or even capture the elusive bin Laden when there were other ways to weaken the threat posed by his network. "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," Mr Obama told CBS. "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 Speaking hours after bin Laden issued a new audio message in which he threatened the US President-Elect, Mr Obama said that al-Qaeda and its leader remain the "number one threat" to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1lace w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">US</st1:country-region></st1lace> security. "We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that they cannot create safe havens that can attack Americans. That's the bottom line," he said. His comments came in contrast with an Oct 7 debate during the presidential campaign. Then, Mr Obama said that if elected, his administration "will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda." Bin Laden, whose supporters perpetrated the September 11 attacks, earning him a $25 million (£17 million) bounty on his head, is widely believed to be hiding in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Pakistan</st1:country-region> in the mountainous, lawless region bordering <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:country-region></st1lace> Boy, he constantly reminds me of the "Lowered Expectations" skit that used to be on Mad TV late night.