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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-28-06 10:54 AM
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7. Bush: "I don't know where bin Laden is... and really don't care.
Edited on Tue Mar-28-06 11:05 AM by IanDB1
Bush Quotes about Bin Laden
November 13, 2002

A BUZZFLASH READER COMMENTARY
by Karen

For your amusement and future reference, here's what Bush has said about bin Laden at various points in time, depending on how he was trying to spin things:

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him."
- G.W. Bush, 9/13/01

"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"
- G.W. Bush, 9/17/01, UPI

"...Secondly, he is not escaping us. This is a guy, who, three months ago, was in control of a county {sic}. Now he's maybe in control of a cave. He's on the run. Listen, a while ago I said to the American people, our objective is more than bin Laden. But one of the things for certain is we're going to get him running and keep him running, and bring him to justice. And that's what's happening. He's on the run, if he's running at all. So we don't know whether he's in cave with the door shut, or a cave with the door open -- we just don't know...."
- Bush, in remarks in a Press Availablity with the Press Travel Pool,
The Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford TX, 12/28/01, as reported on
official White House site

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."
- G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

"I am truly not that concerned about him."
- G.W. Bush, repsonding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts,
3/13/02 (The New American, 4/8/02)

More:
http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/2002/11/13_Laden....


Also:

Third Bush-Kerry debate: on War & Peace
George W. Bush: FactCheck: Bush DID say he was not concerned about Osama

KERRY: Six months after he said Osama bin Laden must be caught dead or alive, this president was asked, "Where is Osama bin Laden?" He said, "I don't know. I don't really think about him very much. I'm not that concerned."

BUSH: Gosh, I just don' think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.

FACT CHECK: Bush stumbled when he denied making some remarks about Osama bin Laden that Kerry had accurately paraphrased. In fact, Bush said almost exactly what Kerry quoted him as saying. It was in a news conference at the White House on March 13, 2002, after US forces had overturned the Taliban regime in Afghanistan:

Q: (March 13, 2002): Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that?

BUSH: So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him , to be honest with you. I truly am not that concerned about him. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country.
Source: Analysis of Third Bush-Kerry debate(FactCheck.org Ad-Watch)


More:
http://www.issues2000.org/Archive/Bush_Kerry_3_War_+_Pe...


March 10, 2006
Osama and George
by Bob Burnett

<snip>

Shortly after 9/11, George W. Bush invoked images of American frontier justice when he discussed the hunt for Bin Laden, When I was a kid I remember that they used to put out there in the old west, a wanted poster. It said: Wanted, Dead or Alive. All I want and America wants him brought to justice. Bush declared, "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him."

Late in November 2001, Bin Laden and many Al Qaeda fighters were cornered in the remote Tora Bora region of Afghanistan. Then the U.S. made the decision to use Afghani mercenaries to capture the fugitives. Not surprisingly, they proved incapable of doing this. By the time American forces arrived, Bin Laden and most of his companions had slipped across the border into northwest Pakistan.

In March 2002, President Bush abruptly changed his story, I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority. Bush has a notoriously short attention span; his focus shifted from Bin Laden in Afghanistan-Pakistan to Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

There are striking similarities between Osama Bin Laden and George Bush: Both grew up in privileged circumstances. Both had strained relationships with their fathers. As young adults, both men were seen as disappointments.

Both fell under the spell of radical religion: Osama was swept up in Islamic Sunni fundamentalism, Wahhabism. This argues that the Koran (Quran) is literally true, that life should be lived by puritanical rules, and that women are second-class citizens. In his late thirties, George W converted to fundamentalist Christianity; he was born again. Bushs version of Christianity teaches that the Bible is literally true, that life should be lived by puritanical rules, and that women are second-class citizens. Both have an ultra-conservative belief system that tells them that the world is inhabited by two kinds of people: believers and infidels. Paradoxically, both men believe in a God of love who directs them to kill non-believers.

More:
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_bob_burn_060310...

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