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The U.S. Could Have Killed Bin Laden in 2001 AND IN 2007

Washington’s Blog [1]
Monday, Nov 30th, 2009

You’ve heard that – according to the U.S. Senate – Bin Laden was “within the grasp” of the U.S. military in Afghanistan in December 2001, but that then-secretary of defense Rumsfeld refused [2] to provide the soldiers necessary to capture him.

This is not news: it was disclosed [3] in 2005 by the CIA field commander for the area in Afghanistan where Bin Laden was holed up.

In addition, French soldiers allegedly [4] say that they easily could have captured or killed Bin Laden in Afghanistan, but that the American commanders stopped them.

And the oldest – and second-largest – French newspaper claims [5] that CIA agents met with Bin Laden two months before 9/11, when he was already wanted for the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

At that point, it should have been obvious to the American and allied intelligence services that
Bin Laden was involved in planning 9/11:

 

 

But even ignoring everything that happened in and before 2001, there are still unanswered questions. Specifically, a retired Colonel and Fox News military analyst said [17] that the U.S. could have killed Bin Laden in 2007, but didn’t:

[18]

We know, with a 70 percent level of certainty — which is huge in the world of intelligence — that in August of 2007, bin Laden was in a convoy headed south from Tora Bora. We had his butt, on camera, on satellite. We were listening to his conversations. We had the world’s best hunters/killers — Seal Team 6 — nearby. We had the world class Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) coordinating with the CIA and other agencies. We had unmanned drones overhead with missiles on their wings; we had the best Air Force on the planet, begging to drop one on the terrorist. We had him in our sights; we had done it ….Unbelievably, and in my opinion, criminally, we did not kill Usama bin Laden.

Postscript: Many people claim that Bin Laden died a long time ago. According to Israeli intelligence [19], Pakistani intelligence [20], and other sources, Bin Laden is dead.

According to video experts [21] and and top Bin Laden experts [22], recent Bin Laden videos are fake.

So if Bin Laden is alive, American leaders have to explain why they have repeatedly chosen not to pull the trigger. And if he is dead, they have to explain why they are claiming that he’s alive and authenticating his videos.