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Bin Laden doesn't concern Bush?! (Insider Report).

"Mr. President' inquired a reporter during a September 17th press conference, "the Taliban apparently has refused to hand over Osama bin Laden.... Does this mean that the U.S. is prepared to move militarily?" To which the president replied: "All I can tell you is that Osama bin Laden is a prime suspect.... I want justice. There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'"

During a December 28th press conference, another reporter asked President Bush about the notorious videotape in which bin Laden celebrated the September 11th attacks. "He is not escaping us," asserted the president. "This is a guy who, three months ago, was in control of a country.... [O]ne thing we know is that he's not in charge of Afghanistan anymore.''

"Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden," stated another journalist during a March 13th White House press conference. "Why is that?" "Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he's alive at all," responded Mr. Bush. "Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time...." "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?" persisted the reporter. "I truly am not that concerned about him," declared the president.

Bear in mind that it was the president's ultimatum to the Taliban regime demanding the surrender of bin Laden, also known as "The Evil One," that precipitated the war on Afghanistan. The president's blithe indifference about our failure to find the terrorist chieftain suggests that his earlier demand may have been a pretext. This suspicion is strengthened by a remarkable account in the March 4th Christian Science Monitor, piecing together the story of bin Laden's apparent escape from Afghanistan.

Drawing on extensive on-site reports and interviews, the Monitor concludes that sometime between November 28th-3Oth, "the world's most-wanted man escaped the world's most powerful military machine, walking -- with four of his loyalists -- in the direction of Pakistan' Afghan intelligence official Pir Bakash Bardiwal expressed to the paper his astonishment that "the Pentagon planners didn't consider the most obvious exit routes and put down light US infantry to block them."

"The border with Pakistan was the key, but no one paid any attention to it," commented Bardiwal. "And there were plenty of landing areas for helicopters, had the Americans acted decisively. Al Qaeda escaped right out from under their feet."
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Title Annotation:President Bush claims not to be concerned about Osama bin Laden
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 8, 2002
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