On Tuesday May 1st, former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was interviewed on Fox “News.” In the interview he said that President Obama couldn’t be credited with making a difficult decision for authorizing the raid in Pakistan that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden. Why he would say that illegally violating a sovereign nation to execute a plan that only had a 50/50 chance that bin Laden was actually there was not risky, is curious. It is especially curious when as Cenk Uygur in this TYT video explains, Rumsfeld had a better opportunity in the early days of Afghanistan and passed.
Cenk doesn’t say with certainty why Rumsfeld took a pass on killing or capturing bin Laden. However, he explains what the official line was. He also says what the results might have been if the person attributed with being the mastermind of the 9/11 attack was killed before the invasion of Iraq. The continued occupation of Afghanistan would also have been called into question.
Think of all the alternate outcomes over the last 8 years if bin Laden had been captured back then. The parties that stood to suffer were al Qaeda (which numbered between 200 and 500) and other entities that relied on him for their success. The list of organizations that owe much to Osama bin Laden is a long one and includes names like Halliburton, Blackwater and countless others in the defense and surveillance industry who have turned our national troubles into vast fortunes. Way to go Donny, kudos for looking out for your friends.
Check out the video.