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BLITZER: Osama bin Laden’s still at large, Ayman al-Zawahiri is still at large. What went wrong?
BUSH: Well, a lot went right. Khalid Sheik Mohammed is — if we can get a good bill out of the Senate and the House — is going to go on trial. Ramzi Binalshibh, Abu Zubaydah — the whole …
BLITZER: But the guys — the major guys are still at large.
BUSH: Well, no question Osama bin Laden’s at large, but the man who ordered the attack and about 75 to 80 percent of al Qaeda that was involved in planning and operating the attacks are in — just — Osama …
BLITZER: But the United States is the most powerful country in the world …
BUSH: Can I finish? Let me finish.
BLITZER: Why can’t we find these guys?
BUSH: Wolf, thank you. Just give me a chance to finish.
Osama bin Laden is in hiding and we’re still spending a lot of time trying to find him. But the key thing that the American people have got to know is that security comes not only with getting him — which I’m convinced we will — but also doing other things to protect them.
One is to dismantle al Qaeda. Two is to listen to phone calls if al Qaeda’s calling to the United States and respond to that. Three is to get information so we can prevent attack. Getting bin Laden is important, but putting things in place, putting procedures in place that protect you is equally important, and we’re doing both.