This is coolbert:
From the Chicago Tribune:
"Drone spy planes could see more use in bin Laden hunt"
"7 years after his last confirmed sighting, U.S. and Pakistani officials say they are taking a new look at how they’ve conducted the search"
"PESHAWAR, Pakistan - - Frustrated by repeated dead ends in the search for Osama bin Laden, U.S. and Pakistani officials said they are questioning long-held assumptions about their strategy and are shifting tactics to intensify the use of the unmanned but lethal Predator spy plane in the mountains of western Pakistan."
"There have been no confirmed trace of bin Laden since he eluded the CIA and the U.S. military after the battle near Tora Bora. Afghanistan in December 2001, accord to U.S. Pakistani and European officials. They said they are now concentrating on a short list of other Al Qaeda leaders who have en sighted more recently, in hopes that their footprints could lead to bin Laden."
"Although they lack hard evidence, U.S. officials said it is only logical that bin Laden is in Pakistan, where he has roamed the mountains along the Afghan border for two decades and enjoyed the protection of Taliban leaders."
"’In many ways, it’s a perfect place’, said Bruce Riedel, a former South Asia analyst for the CIA and National Security council ‘But there’s not a scintilla a of evidence that we have any idea where he is.’"
"NOT A SCINTILLA OF EVIDENCE!!" NOT EVEN REALLY A SIGHTING EITHER IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS!! THE LAST "SIGHTING" WAS ACTUALLY THE HEARING OF A RADIO COMMUNICATION DURING THE TORA BORA BATTLE!!
The man was not actually seen, ONLY HEARD ON THE RADIO!!
"In many ways, it’s a perfect place"!! "It is only logical"!!
HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED THAT THE PERFECT PLACE AND THE ONLY LOGICAL PLACE - - IS THE LAST PLACE THE MAN WILL BE??!! MAYBE HE IS HIDING IN THE OPEN, DEFYING ALL THE "ASSUMPTIONS" THAT HAVE BEEN MADE!!
TODAY - - OF COURSE, IS 9/11!! AND IT DOES SURPRISE ME THAT BIN LADEN HAS NOT BEEN RUN TO GROUND AND EITHER KILLED OR CAPTURED.
There is precedent for this sort of thing!! During the time of the British Raj [1920's], a fugitive from governmental authority, a Pushtun agitator - - on the run - - hiding in the Swat valley, the North West territories, the Tribal Areas of Pakistan, eluded his pursuers - - and did so FOR DECADES!!
This precedent does not bode well for U.S. efforts in the hunt for bin Laden!