4/11/2005

Why is bin Laden still around?

From Hoffmania's blog:
Look, I know this is old news to many of you, but I'm still surprised at the number of people who are...well, surprised by this nugget of information. So let's run it past y'all again. We'll also be quick to point out that while some will find this to be "Hats by Reynolds" material, the links here aren't of the fringe-formation variety.
Despite Bush's bloviating about how bin laden attacked us on 9/11 because he "hated our freedom"...
Bin Laden's main stated goal while the US had military bases in Saudi Arabia was to get the US military bases out of Saudi Arabia. As the country and the world held its focus on Iraq during March of 2003, something else was happening barely a month later.

U.S. to move operations from Saudi base
Tuesday, April 29, 2003 Posted: 7:08 PM EDT (2308 GMT)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (CNN) --The large U.S. military presence at Saudi Arabia's Prince Sultan Air Base is expected to end in the coming months, depending on the security situation in Iraq, U.S. officials told CNN on Tuesday. The decision to move significant U.S. military resources and personnel to neighboring Qatar marks a major shift in U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf region after a longtime presence in Saudi Arabia, currently at about 5,000 troops. More than 100 aircraft and the U.S. Combined Air Operations Center at the base are expected to make the move, and some of those aircraft could be permanently reassigned to the United States, officials said. The center will be moved to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, part of the post-war U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf, military sources have told CNN.

He continues:
Surprised? Don't be. You and the rest of the world were a little preoccupied while that was going on. We all know the "security situation in Iraq" never improved - in fact, it got worse. And today, there's still no "post-war Iraq." Still, by September 2003, we were out of Saudi Arabia. Gone. Just what bin Laden wanted. Run what's happened in the last couple of years through your head - like bin Laden's pre-election day video which worked to Bush's favor - and it all seems to pervertedly make sense, deal-wise. History has recorded what happened - that we now know. History should also record how we've all been lied to over the last few incredibly sad years. Just a factoid to keep in your noggin when the wingnuts come at you with terror talk.

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