Barack Obama: killing Osama bin Laden not essential

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Bps1691, Jan 15, 2009.


  1. Bps1691

    Bps1691 Monkey++

    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-com[​IMG]http://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-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">US</st1:country-region></st1:place> 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 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:country-region></st1:place>


    Boy, he constantly reminds me of the "Lowered Expectations" skit that used to be on Mad TV late night.
     
  2. Bps1691

    Bps1691 Monkey++

    The link I posted is the correct link and works fine if you cut and paste it to your browser. I have no clue why it doesn't work directly from this page.
     
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    This iteration of Obie's position comes as no surprise to me. It is not necessary to put the enemy's head on a pike at the gates to discourage others. Gotta admit it would be nice if he is killed; that would be WAY better than capture for obvious reasons. However, finding his cave and laying siege to it and letting him starve seems a pretty good alternative to feeding, clothing, medicating and housing house him and his immediate cohorts. If he is isolated and can't communicate, seems like the organization will fragment. That said, dead, alive, captured or isolated, there will be another symbolic leader crop up to take his place. That is the real problem, and until the ideas borne of fanaticism or zealotry is quelled, the world will not be safe from some sort of terroristic organization.
     
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