How Hard Are We Looking?
It was inevitable that Democratic challenger John Kerry would sling out the questions during the debate: Where in the world is Osama bin Laden, and why hasn’t the U.S. captured him? America’s closest allies in the hunt seem unenthusiastic. Nearly three years after closing in on bin Laden and losing him in the Tora Bora mountains, Pakistani and Afghan intelligence officials claim that the trail is cold. The last credible sighting of the gaunt terrorist in chief was more than a year ago along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to a senior Pakistani intelligence official. “He is quiet,” adds the Islamabad official. Says an Afghan official in Kabul who works closely with the U.S. search team: “There’s nothing here to go after. Bin Laden’s fallen off the radar.” Full Story