Where is Osama bin Laden? Who?!?!?
American and Pakistani officials have vowed to keep looking for Osama bin Laden, but they acknowledged the trail was cold. The Pakistani president said they had a dragnet surrounding the area where they thought he was hiding (about 10 months ago), but they’ve since lost track of him. White House spokesman Scott McCllellan had no new information but confirmed that bin Laden “remains a high priority.”
McClellan also made the earthshaking observation that bin Laden “is someone who has been on the run.” Whoa!! Stop the presses!!
U.S. officials, while admitting that the trail has gone cold, are also playing down bin Laden’s importance. They’re saying he’s more like a non-executive chairman of the board, rather than a CEO. Well, maybe. But then again, if you’re unable to solve a problem, the easiest way to save face is to say “oh, that didn’t really matter anyway. No biggie.”
In a related story, the Homeland Security Department has been going over some possible scenarios for future terrorist attacks. Possibilities include:
An exploding liquid chlorine tank, killing 17,500 people and injuring more than 100,000;
Spreading pneumonic plague in the bathrooms of an airport, sports arena and train station, killing 2,500 and sickening 8,000 worldwide;
A prolonged anthrax attack, infecting 350,000 and killing over 13,000;
A nuclear bomb (no estimate of casualties).
With these cheerful possibilities, and our inability to capture bin Laden, do you think it’s more important for our troops to be:
a) still quagmired in Iraq after two years; or
b) stationed here in America, protecting us against future 9/11 attacks?