3,200. 12/15/2001

In December 2001, “the American military learned that Bin Laden was hiding in Tora Bora, a dense mountain range in southeastern Afghanistan. …Instead of sending thousands of American soldiers to go into the mountain range to capture or kill Bin Laden, [President] Bush did not send one single American soldier. He only dispatched forty American Special Forces soldiers there to coordinate the bombing, by U.S. B-52 bombers, of caves and areas in the mountain where Bin Laden…was believed to be. The job of capturing Bin Laden was given to three anti-Taliban Afghan warlords and their men. Haji Mohammed Zaman, one of the warlords, in disbelief and frustration told the assembled press who had converged on Tora Bora: ‘If America wants to capture Osama, why aren’t they trying?’ A top aide to Zaman said: ‘I don’t think the United States wants to capture Osama. We know where he is, we tell them and they do nothing. So they are not as serious as they say they are.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Vincent Bugliosi, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Page 214

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