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    us 7 years delay finding Usama bin Laden.

    Torture and obsession with the piddling alias-oriented phony names of Al Qaeda's worker bees -- that's what Cheney got us by having his dumb ass driven out to CIA HQ and insisting on it. Here's what happened, in five acts:

    1. Torture. The Hunt For bin Laden team get picked in 2002/2003 with a requirement that they support torture enthusiastically. They then spend years torturing everything from Al Q to innocent Canadians. They grab off a few aliases, but make no progress.

    2. Blow back. Al Qaeda strikes back in Pakistan and elsewhere. They target CIA personnel. This culminates in the Camp Chapman suicide-bombing that kills 7 CIA including the head of the torture team. The team has focused on torture and continue to obsess about it. No progress has been made finding bin Laden through December 2009.

    That is the period of Cheney's Folly 2002/2009. Torture was believed in by everybody involved in the Hunt For bin Laden team. They accomplished next to nothing.

    (See Zero Dark Thirty for details. Acts 1 & 2 are presented perfectly -- the torturers get totally lost in what they are doing. Similarly, Dickens displays the excesses of the pre-revolution French nobility in the carriage scene of his novel "A Tale of Two Cities." Equally, ZDT and Dickens oppose those evils.)

    3. New Blood. Torture is stopped by Obama. New people come in and a new project manager. Foreign intelligence that had been boxed and lost in 2002/2003 is unboxed and read. This reversal of Cheney's Folly immediately in 2010 produced the identity of "Abu Ahmed" who is then tracked down, leading to bin Laden's house in Abbottabad.

    4. Salesmanship. A plan is constructed and then "sold" in Washington at the White House for taking out bin Laden.

    5. Kill. Seal Team 6 is sent in and they kill bin Laden. A ton of his papers, computers, hard drives, and rolodex are retrieved. International terrorism and its financiers are suddenlly on the running-dogs end of the equation. almost everything there is new stuff.

    Cheney ?????

    Go to fucking hell, Cheney. That bastard presented himself as an expert on all things Israeli and then insisted on having his torture team and their paltry "alias" intel.

    He cost us 7 years -- 2003 to 2010 -- in the hunt for bin Laden. Gave the bastards an extra 7 years to get established and carry out murders in Spain, Indonesia, India and elsewhere.

    "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

    by bontemps2012 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:11:54 PM PST

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