U.S. Aborted Raid on Qaeda Chiefs in Pakistan in ’05 - New York Times: "A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and military officials.I can hardly wait to see how the Republican spin machine - AKA FoxNews -- sums up this story. If you ever watched the channel -- especially after things starting going badly for the neocon crowd -- there was hardly a day when Clinton and "the liberals" weren't blamed for essentially causing 9/11 -- for not taking a shot at Osama back in the 90's.
The target was a meeting of Qaeda leaders that intelligence officials thought included Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy and the man believed to run the terrorist group’s operations.
But the mission was called off after Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the defense secretary, rejected an 11th-hour appeal by Porter J. Goss, then the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said. Members of a Navy Seals unit in parachute gear had already boarded C-130 cargo planes in Afghanistan when the mission was canceled, said a former senior intelligence official involved in the planning."
Chris Wallace even tried to ambush Clinton with the "why didn't you take-out Osama when you had the chance?" question during an interview that was supposed to be about the Clinton Global Initiative.
I'm sure there will be a way to blame it on the Democrats and liberals... I just can't wait to hear the next level of shrill irrationality from the right.