Originally Posted by Chris
On sending an SF team in...so what? How would they have found the bugger? If it was easy, he would have been caught or killed by now. Bush's options were really limited to 1) launching a few random crusie missiles, 2) sending in an invasion, 3) nuking the place, or 4) letting it go.
As far as finding OBL is concerned, that is correct. But AIUI the location of the Al Q'aeda camps within Afghanistan was well known, so it would have been possible to take them out. That would have been the minimal response.
IMO there was no point in kicking the Taliban out of the country unless there was the intention to put in the resources necessary to establish and support
a democratic government.
One of the basic problems with US policy in the Middle East was that they didn't want to get sucked in to any messy business, so they thought in terms of using their military technology to flatten the bad guys in a quick and surgical way, then pulling out. Unfortunately, they didn't realise that knocking out the bad guys is only the beginning of the process, and by far the easiest stage.
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