Monday’s question

Tapped's Tara McKelvey notes the election-year cynicism indicated by this CNN report on the hunt for Osama bin Laden:

U.S. forces searching for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden along the mountainous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan will soon implement high-tech surveillance tactics in the region, enabling them to monitor the area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, CNN has learned.

Yes, now that elections are approaching, the Bush administration has decided — two and a half years after Sept. 11 — to begin using high-tech surveillance in a 24/7 search for Osama bin Laden. So my own unanswered question for today is what on earth have we been doing up until now? Hoping he would turn himself in?

The Family Steering Committee of the 9/11 Independent Commission would like to ask President Bush:

At what time were you made aware that other planes were hijacked in addition to Flight 11 and Flight 175? Who notified you? What was your course of action as commander-in-chief of the United States?

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  • SKBubba

    Bush just didn’t have the resources or capability to carry out all that high-tech surveilance because Kerry cut his intelligence funding back in 1995. It has taken our fearless leader three years of tax cuts and deficits to get our high-tech intelligence capabilities back in order.

  • none

    Okay, let’s look at what Kerry actually cut back in 1995, as well as his fellow senators
    “Another bit of dishonesty is RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie’s claim, at a news conference today, that in 1995, Kerry voted to cut $1.5 billion from the intelligence budget. John Pike, who runs the invaluable Web site, told me what that cut was about: The Air Force’s National Reconnaissance Office had appropriated that much money to operate a spy satellite that, as things turned out, it never launched. So the Senate passed an amendment rescinding the money—not to cancel a program, but to get a refund on a program that the NRO had canceled. Kerry voted for the amendment, as did a majority of his colleagues.”
    Fred Kaplan, Slate, February 25 2004
    Keep in mind that the reduction of the US Military, and the cutting of intelligence funds was spearheaded by George Bush Sr. in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union. To claim that somehow Kerry was the vangard of the ‘pussying’ of the US military and intelligence communities, doesn’t know their history.

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  • Corruption, Bloody Corruption

    The story has been bouncing around the web for months, but the New Republic has now brought it out into the mainstream. It seems that after two plus years of passivity in the hunt for Bin Laden, and chasing after mirages in the Iraqi sands, the Bush ad…