It has been 2,326 days since 9/11, and the chief mastermind behind those attacks, Osama bin Laden, has not yet been captured. “If we could find the cave he is in, I promise you — he would be brought to justice or wherever he’s hiding,” President Bush tells Fox News in “George W. Bush: Fighting to the Finish,” a documentary scheduled to air Sunday night. Fox reports:
Bush says in the interview he’s confident bin Laden ultimately will be found.
“He’ll be gotten by a president,” Bush says.
And to critics who say he hasn’t done enough to find bin Laden, Bush is blunt:
“They don’t know what they’re talking about,” he says.
If bin Laden is indeed “gotten,” it looks increasingly like it will happen on another President’s watch. Bush himself has said openly that bin Laden is not a major priority for him.
In a March 2002 press conference, President Bush said, “I am deeply concerned about Iraq.” But when asked in the same press conference about bin Laden, he said, “I truly am not that concerned about him.”
In Sept. 2006, Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes met with Bush in the Oval Office and came away convinced that “bin Laden doesn’t fit with the administration’s strategy for combating terrorism.” Barnes said that Bush told him capturing bin Laden is “not a top priority use of American resources.”
Bush’s lack of concern appears to be infecting our allies. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said recently, “The 100,000 troops that we are using … are not going around trying to locate Osama bin Laden and Zawahri, frankly.”