WaPo: Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a longtime and prominent member of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, which notes his role as the suspected mastermind of the deadly U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa on Aug. 7, 1998.
But another more infamous date — Sept. 11, 2001 — is nowhere to be found on the same FBI notice.
The curious omission underscores the Justice Department’s decision, so far, to not seek formal criminal charges against bin Laden for approving al-Qaeda’s most notorious and successful terrorist attack. The notice says bin Laden is “a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world” but does not provide details.
The absence has also provided fodder for conspiracy theorists who think the U.S. government or another power was behind the Sept. 11 hijackings. From this point of view, the lack of a Sept. 11 reference suggests that the connection to al-Qaeda is uncertain. more
I don’t understand the administration’s decision. Why hasn’t capturing or killing Osama bin Laden been our goverment’s number one priority?
The Associated Press is reporting — A wave of bomb attacks and shootings swept Iraq Sunday, killing dozens of people despite a massive security operation in the capital and appeals from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for an end to sectarian fighting.
Al-Maliki insisted that his government was making progress in combatting attacks by insurgents and sectarian clashes between Shiites and Sunnis.
“We’re not in a civil war. Iraq will never be in a civil war,” he said through an interpreter on CNN’s Late Edition. “The violence is in decrease and our security ability is increasing.” more
I’m currently in the middle of the book Fiasco by Thomas Ricks. Although this book is very detailed, it explains exactly why 50 Iraqis are dead today. It explains where we were wrong and who made the mistakes. The violence continues in Iraq because we had poor leadership. President Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Tommy Franks made hundreds of mistakes or as Condoleezza Rice put it, “thousands of mistakes were made.”
Good news. Tiger Woods is human.
He hit a wayward shot onto the roof of the Firestone clubhouse in Akron during the Bridgestone Invitational. He bogeyed four holes in a row for the first time since he was a tour rookie 10 years ago. He lost a three-shot lead with three holes to play. He yelled “Fore!” on several occasions. In a playoff with Stewart Cink, Woods missed two of the first three greens in regulation and bogeyed one of the holes. All in all, Woods looked mortal once again after a stretch where he won three tournaments in a row, including two straight major championships, that made him appear nearly invincible once again. more
It seems that even when he’s bad, he’s plenty good.