After the tragedy of 9/11 George W. Bush and his cronies, including President Cheney, convinced the American people, and a lot of the World, that the single biggest threat to our security was Al-Qaeda, whose leader, Osama bin Laden, was Evil Incarnate. We were going to get him "dead or alive!" said cowboy George.
Well, imagine the surprise when we read that:
Bush shut down CIA's "Osama bin Laden" unit a year agoAnd from the New York Times (subscription only):
by John in DC - 7/03/2006 11:14:00 PM
Michael Scheuer, a former senior C.I.A. official who was the first head of the unit, said the move reflected a view within the agency that Mr. bin Laden was no longer the threat he once was.Excuse me? Didn't we just go through weeks of posturing by the cowboy himself bragging about "taking out" Al-Zarqwai, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (Which, according Al-Zarqwai's wife, was a result of being set up by Don Osama. Do you think Al-Zarqwai found a horse head in his bed? Maybe a goat. Marlon Brando is jealous. He thinks he should have some smart bombs. Just think of the muscle that would bring.)
Mr. Scheuer said that view was mistaken.
"This will clearly denigrate our operations against Al Qaeda," he said. (emphasis added)
I am very, very confused, Mr. Wizard.