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Flatulo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-23-08 11:27 PM
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65. I respectfully disagree - the Taliban were playing games.
They would never have handed UBL over. Their culture requires them to grant sanctuary to any Muslim for any reason. Every single Talib would gladly die protecting their guest, as would the militant Pakistani Talibs occupying the Federated areas where he is now (allegedly) hiding.

I suspect that BO will work behind the scenes with the Pakistani government (which is teetering on the brink of an Islamic fundie takeover) while letting them publically howl over Predator strikes and Special Forces ops, just like the Bush regime has done. As I mentioned earlier, the problem is not a military one, but rather a geopolitical one. We could easily carpet bomb the Federated region into rubble but that would push Pakistan over the brink. The last thing we need is a nuclear-armed Islamic militancy.

Bush really, really screwed up by not capturing bin Laden when we had him at Tora Bora. This failure made the whole problem virtually unsolvable.
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