Monday, June 20


The Associated Press (AP) reports that CIA Director Porter Goss, in a "Time" magazine interview to be published in its June 27th edition, has stated that he "has an excellent idea where Osama bin Laden is hiding," but that capturing him is complicated by the United States' "respect for sovereign nations."

Now just what in God's name does that mean?

The mastermind behind the dastardly "9/11" attacks that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead on their homeland soil should be captured or shot dead regardless of where he is hiding. This isn't a matter for quiet diplomacy or sensitivity to sovereignty. The United States is at war. And last time I checked we're the most powerful nation on Earth.

In a stirring address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, in the aftermath of the "9/11" terrorists' attack on this country, President Bush said:

Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.

And most pertinent in the context of Porter Goss' comments to "Time" magazine, President Bush declared that night:

Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
How does this unequivocal message from the President of the United States square with Porter Goss' confident knowledge of Osama bin Laden's location, coupled with the outrageous claim that going in after him is complicated by issues of sovereignty?

If Goss is being quoted correctly, the man needs a sobering, no-nonsense meeting with President Bush to set the record straight on the United States' war posture.

This country and its citizens have been compromised by wholesale intelligence failures. If the CIA has an excellent idea of where Osama bin Laden is hiding, then it had better go in after the sonofabitch or have its agency dismantled and an effective one put in its place.

In the minds of most Americans then and in the minds of most Americans now, Osama bin Laden was the man responsible for "9/11"; it was not Saddam Hussein. Goss' ill-chosen remarks will infuriate many Americans and appropriately so.