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Wednesday
Jun222005

The CIA Director Has An "Excellent Idea" Where Osama is, Does He?

So CIA Director Porter Goss has “an excellent idea” where Osama bin Laden is, does he? He said that very thing to Time magazine. Well that is just great! Glad to hear that after more than three years, billions of dollars, thousands of American lives, countless sleepless nights, and the turning of our country upside down, that the head of the CIA knows where the perpetrator of 9/11 is. We can now all breathe a sigh of relief!

According to Porter, but for the US’s respect for sovereign nations, we would apparently have our nemesis in a concrete cell. That’s right. Because we respect other nations so much, we won’t go conduct operations in them without permission. And yet, multiple countries including Italy, Sweden, and others have claimed that the US has kidnapped people from within their own borders and taken them who knows where. And yet, out of respect, we won’t . . .

Pardon me if I don’t stand up and cheer. As a former CIA Officer, I question Porter’s accuracy as well as his honesty. Apparently, it is vital that we respect countries that protect the one terrorist that we want while at the same time, we are willing to ignore international law and the domestic laws of our European allies in order to get to other people that we want. What is wrong with this picture? Is it just me?

But back to the point. So, we have an excellent idea where he is, do we? Unfortunately, what is a little disconcerting is that we have heard this before. Oh yes, “we have Osama bin Laden in our sites in Tora Bora.” Oh yes, “we will have him in a matter of days of not hours.” Oh yes, “it should be any time now.” Remember all of these statements from other US government officials. I remember going on MSNBC as a former CIA Officer to give my response. I said it then and I will say it again. Talk is cheap!

Look, it is easy to claim all sorts of things. Heck, I have the numbers to the next lottery, but I’m just not in the mood to buy a ticket. I also have the secret formula for turning lead into gold but I don’t like the color. Anybody else?

Yeah, Porter, I’m sure you have an excellent idea where Osama is. Unfortunately, I would be much happier if you would spend less time telling the media and spend more time going to that place where he supposedly is and blowing him to kingdom come. Would that be a novel concept? Just for fun and to maybe break up the monotony!

Maybe if you would have done this two years ago, President Bush would have stayed focused on Al Qaeda rather than diverting our resources into the Iraqi quagmire. And sadly, we now have 1700 dead and counting and more than 13,000 maimed for our troubles.

So, where is Osama is the question on everybody’s lips, right? I’ll tell you what. I’m beginning to believe that he is working in a deli in Flint, Michigan with Elvis and Ritchie Valens.
So, Porter, do me a favor, when you get him, bring me a Pastrami on Rye with some hot mustard. That is, if it is not too much trouble!

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