Thursday, May 5, 2011

So the news media can't explain how Osama bin Laden could hide in Pakistan?

Investigative journalists have nothing on the intrepid anti-jihadist bloggers who have relentlessly kept track of the progress of radical Islam. Those people posing as journalists and reporters in today's leftist media have at their finger tips an enormous database of records available to research for their stories, so it is inconceivable that they could not keep track of their own material. Case in point, the relationship between Osama bin Laden and the Pakistan government. The same Pakistan government that sits on top of an arsenal of atomic weapons. In the days after the successful assault on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan there have been dozens of stories in the leftist mainstream news media raising questions about how Osama bin Laden could hide in plain sight right under the noses of the Pakistan military. Well, here is why, and this story from Jihad Watch is based upon an ABC News report from 5 years ago.
This story, now almost five years old, is worth revisiting in the aftermath of bin Laden's death in a mansion under the noses of Pakistan's military elite. We first posted it in September of 2006. The link no longer works, but the story was originally run by ABC News under the title "Bin Laden Gets a Pass from Pakistan":
Osama bin Laden, America's most wanted man, will not face capture in Pakistan if he agrees to lead a "peaceful life," Pakistani officials tell ABC News.
The surprising announcement comes as Pakistani army officials announced they were pulling their troops out of the North Waziristan region as part of a "peace deal" with the Taliban.
If he is in Pakistan, bin Laden "would not be taken into custody," Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan told ABC News in a telephone interview, "as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen."
Present-day comment: Perhaps this, or something similar, was the arrangement in Abbottabad, though the definition of behaving "peacefully" is a highly subjective one here.
Bin Laden is believed to be hiding somewhere in the tribal areas of Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, but U.S. officials say his precise location is unknown.
In addition to the pullout of Pakistani troops, the "peace agreement" between Pakistan and the Taliban also provides for the Pakistani army to return captured Taliban weapons and prisoners.
"What this means is that the Taliban and al Qaeda leadership have effectively carved out a sanctuary inside Pakistan," said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, the former White House counter-terrorism director.
The agreement was signed on the same day President Bush said the United States was working with its allies "to deny terrorists the enclaves they seek to establish in ungoverned areas across the world."
The Pakistani Army had gone into Waziristan, under heavy pressure from the United States, but faced a series of humiliating defeats at the hands of the Taliban and al Qaeda fighters.
"They're throwing the towel," said Alexis Debat, who is a Senior Fellow at the Nixon Center and an ABC News consultant. "They're giving al Qaeda and the Taliban a blank check and saying essentially make yourselves at home in the tribal areas," Debat said.
Back in the present, we know how that has worked out for them.
And to think America has given over 20-billion dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan just since 9-11-2001. I can almost understand the rationale in trying to buy friendship but you would think we'd want something in return. How many million-dollar retirement plans have we bankrolled for foreign dictators in the last century? I am sure it was enough to pay off our national debt.

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