Bush II had Bin Laden in his sights at Tora Bora but messed it up. He didn't put troops on the ground and instead relied on mercenary Afghani warlords for backup. He could have had Bin Laden at the outset. Then he forgot about Bin Laden and started a war in Iraq. What's there to dispute?
You can read what happened that time on 60 minutes: Elite Officer Recalls Bin Laden Hunt - 60 Minutes - CBS News
"We want to come in on the back door," Fury explains. "The original plan that we sent up through our higher headquarters, Delta Force wants to come in over the mountain with oxygen, coming from the Pakistan side, over the mountains and come in and get a drop on bin Laden from behind."
But they didn't take that route, because Fury says they didn't get approval from a higher level. "Whether that was Central Command all the way up to the president of the United States, I'm not sure," he says.
The next option that Delta wanted to employ was to drop hundreds of landmines in the mountain passes that led to Pakistan, which was bin Laden’s escape route.
"First guy blows his leg off, everybody else stops. That allows aircraft overhead to find them. They see all these heat sources out there. Okay, there a big large group of Al Qaeda moving south. They can engage that," Fury explains.
But they didn't do that either, because Fury says that plan was also disapproved. He says he has "no idea" why.
"How often does Delta come up with a tactical plan that's disapproved by higher headquarters?" Pelley asks.
"In my experience, in my five years at Delta, never before," Fury says.
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I just have to say if our intelligence listened to this man we would have had him years ago!
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The economy and wars happening 2+ years into Obama's Presidency....BUSH'S FAULT. Something occuring 9 months into Bush's term in office....BUSH'S FAULT.
The flat out blaming of 9/11 on Clinton is idiotically narrow focused, but the hypocrisy of your normally narrow focused self when it comes to anything happening under Obama's watch that you can blame on Bush suddenly becoming far more of a wide view when it comes to things happening while Bush was in office is ironic. God forbid there be consistency in your views.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
This ends the conservative argument that liberals are weak when it comes to national security. Whenever a con brings up that tired old criticism, all one has to do is say, "Osama Bin Laden is dead".