|picture of Bin Laden from Al Jazeera English
President Obama announced today that Osama Bin Ladin is dead.
"Tonight, I can report to the people of the United States and the world, the United States had carried an operation that has killed Osama Bin Laden, a terrorist responsible for killing thousands of innocent people," Obama said in a statement.
"Today, at my direction, the United States carried out that operation... they killed Osama Bin Laden and took custody of his body. "
In 7 years George Bush was unable to find the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld let Bin Laden slip away when he was cornered in Tora Bora late in 2001. Fewer than 100 American troops were at Tora Bora in 2001 with a much larger allied Afghan military force. Why wasn't Osama killed in Tora Bora? The US was already working on plans to invade Iraq and lacked the resources and impetus to mount an offensive to kill a man who murdered thousands of Americans. You can read a Senate Foreign Relations report on the Bush and Rumsfelds failure here. Tora Bora revisted: How we failed to get Bin Laden and why it matters today. Many of the problems in Afghanistan over the last 10 years are traced back to Bush's failure to convincingly pursue Bin Laden at Tora Bora. Maybe if George Bush hadn't invaded Iraq by mistake he could have found Bin Laden also. But Obama did it in a little over 2 years.