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Friday, October 01, 2004
Tora Bora
One thought occurs to me about what Sen. Kerry (D-France) said last night about the battle of Tora Bora.
Unfortunately, he escaped in the mountains of Tora Bora. We had him surrounded. But we didn't use American forces, the best trained in the world, to go kill him. The president relied on Afghan warlords and he outsourced that job too. That's wrong.

My immediate reaction was how dishonest this remark was. The statement suggests that Sen. Kerry would have ordered an all out assault on the region using US Troops. Everyone knows how foolhardy that would have been. OBL would have still escaped into Pakistan and we would have taken thousands of causalities. Consider the cry of "over 1,000 killed in Iraq" (A very, very low number, thank God) that the Senator's supporters are so fond; what would the Senator say today if The President would have ordered that assault? Impeachment? I might have supported it...

It turns out that this mythical assault could not have happened even if The President would have been foolish enough to order it. Citizen Smash should know.
The only US military on the ground at Tora Bora was a contingent of about two dozen Special Forces who were airlifted in to the area on December 2. Their mission was to coordinate the ground attack and to “laze” targets for US bombers. There is no way that these men could have taken Tora Bora without assistance – And the Marines in Kandahar already had their hands full.

So, we are to believe the Senator from France would have ordered a foolish assault with troops that didn't exist in theater and somehow would have captured OBL in Tora Bora. If he could have somehow marshaled enough troops to make the assault, the causalities would have been unacceptable, even to his own constituents.

Thank God George W. Bush was President. May he enjoy a peaceful second term!

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