Osama Bin Laden, Pakistan and Getting Us Out of Afghanistan
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|Mon, 05-02-2011 - 8:26pm|
"President Obama can use this moment to change the national security
narrative. He must lock in our exit from intractable wars that have us
hemorrhaging money we desperately need to offset our yawning national
debt. With Bin Laden dead, we have an opportunity — to declare victory
and change strategy: Ending the clumsy war on terrorism, but maintaining
a focused and flexible regime of measures on the ground — an updated
approach that addresses the new reality of self-radicalizing extremists,
infinitely more maneuverable than the average military formation.
"He might also wish to take a second look at our intelligence apparatus.
"Here's the problem: Osama bin Laden wasn't cowering in a cave. He was, according to ABC News, living in "an acre-large, million-dollar compound with 12 to 18-foot walls [...] eight times the size of other homes in the area and just off a major highway" — some 800 yards from Pakistan's military academy in Abbottabad. And it took us a decade to find him. Really?"