JOHN KERRY Plays Hardball on KOS
Here’s what I’d like to see debated on Hardball.
President Bush’s mouthpiece Scott McClellan can claim
this administration puts terrorists out of business, but yesterday’s tape
reminds us that instead of being out of business, Osama is still out there.
If this administration had followed through on the
opportunity to capture Osama Bin Laden at Tora Bora in 2001, the world would
be a better place with Osama Bin Laden brought to justice — and we wouldn’t
be having this discussion today.
And here’s what the media should insist we discuss.
President Bush and his defenders continue to claim
that Osama Bin Laden didn’t escape at Tora Bora. But Gary Bernstein’s book
Jawbreaker documents what I said early in 2002 and during my debates with
George Bush: that because Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon didn’t use American troops
to do the job and instead outsourced the job of killing the world’s #1 terrorist
to Afghan warlords, this cold blooded killer got away.
So what’s the truth? There’s a question that the full
force of cable television should demand be answered. Press accounts over the
last month have raised new concerns about the reliance on Afghan forces at
Tora Bora in 2001. One account cited a Department of Defense document said
to summarize the case against a suspected al Qaeda militant. The militant
was believed to have helped Osama bin Laden escape from Tora Bora. More recently,
August Hanning, the head of German intelligence, has said bin Laden bribed
Afghan forces at Tora Bora to make his escape.
HARDBALL, by John Kerry
Spectacular post on Kos today by John Kerry, simply spectacular,
complete with links. You don’t need me to add anything to it, especially if
you’re regulars around here. I worked my sweet little patoot off for John Kerry,
picking the man from the get go to be our candidate. I was there even when the
odds were bad and everyone had counted him out. I believe in this man, still do. So, don’t waste any more time and head over to Kos and read the rest of what John Kerry had to say.