The True Measure Of Bush's Failure In The Alleged War On Terror
Number of times Bush referenced Bin Laden in his speech yesterday: 16
Number of times Bush mentioned OBL in last Saturday’s radio address: 0
Number of times Bush mentioned OBL last week to the American Legion: 1
Number of times Bush mentioned OBL in his August 21st press conference: 0
Number of times Bush mentioned OBL in his August 14th State Department speech on national security and terrorism: 0
Number of times Bush mentioned OBL in his August 12th radio address on the British terror arrests: 0
What Bush said four-and-a-half years ago:
Q Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive? Final part -- deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really eliminate the threat of --
THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he's alive at all. Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person is -- really indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission.
Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match.
So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you.
Q But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.
But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore.
You mean, like Iraq or Afghanistan?
Suddenly, after years of ignoring Bin Laden, he is once again Public Enemy Number One for George W. Bush and the Republicans. The party that gave you the Dubai Ports World deal, and Pakistan as our chief ally in that war must still dredge up a guy’s name who has been running free for nearly five years after Tora Bora. The simple fact that Bush uses Bin Laden’s name as an enemy once again shows how bankrupt their record is in fighting Al Qaeda.
And Democrats should hammer this and use Bush's words against him.