Stop Askin’ Me About Osama!

From Holden:

Chimpy’s “surprise” visit to Afghanistan provokes an uncomfortable question.

Q I’d like to ask you, Mr. President, there was a time when you talked about getting Osama bin Laden dead or alive. Why is he still on the loose five years later? And are you still confident that you’ll get him?

PRESIDENT BUSH: I am confident he will be brought to justice. What’s happening is, is that we got U.S. forces on the hunt for not only bin Laden, but anybody who plots and plans with bin Laden. There are Afghan forces on the hunt for not only bin Laden, but those who plot and plan with him. We’ve got Pakistan forces on the hunt. And part of my message to President Musharraf is, is that it’s important that we bring these people to justice. He understands that. After all, they’ve tried to kill him four times. So we’ve got a common alliance, all aimed at routing out people who are evildoers, people who have hijacked a great religion and kill innocent people in the name of that religion.

We’re making progress of dismantling al Qaeda. Slowly but surely, we’re bringing the people to justice, and the world is better for it, as a result of our steady progress.

And if he hoped to get a softball from the Afghan press he was wrong.

Q Your Excellency President Bush, welcome to Afghanistan and wish you a pleasant stay. The question is — it has been four years since the presence of the international forces in Afghanistan. However, the security situation is increasingly deteriorating. What will be your long-term security policy to Afghanistan? And the second part of the question is, how will the U.S. policy be affected in regards to Afghanistan if Osama and Mullah Omar are captured?

PRESIDENT BUSH: It’s not a matter of if they’re captured or brought to justice, it’s when they’re brought to justice.