Letting Osama Go

Seems like a habit.

A documentary says French special forces had Osama bin Laden in their sights twice about three years ago but their U.S. superiors never ordered them to fire.


The documentary, due to air next year and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, says the troops could have killed the al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan but the order to shoot never came, possibly because it took too long to request it.

“In 2003 and 2004 we had bin Laden in our sights. The sniper said ‘I have bin Laden’,” an anonymous French soldier is quoted as saying.

The documentary ‘Bin Laden, the failings of a manhunt’ is by journalists Emmanuel Razavi and Eric de Lavarene, who have worked for several major French media outlets in Afghanistan. A cable television channel plans to air the documentary in March.

Razavi said the soldier told them it took roughly two hours for the request to reach the U.S. officers who could authorize it but the anonymous man is also quoted in the documentary as saying: “There was a hesitation in command.”


Afghans questioned in the documentary said they believed the United States was not interested in finding bin Laden, despite the $25 million price Washington has placed on his head.

The documentary stopped short of that conclusion but raised questions about the U.S. hunt for bin Laden, such as whether Washington is more concerned about preserving stability in Pakistan, where many support bin Laden, than in finding him.

5 thoughts on “Letting Osama Go

  1. Without seeing it at all, I have to be skeptical about this claim. Why on earth would French snipers be in a position of searching for bin Laden, yet not be pre-authorized to shoot if they found him? If you just want to find him, you send some kind of intelligence operative, not a sniper.
    Eli Stephens Left I on the News http://lefti.blogspot.com

  2. Osama bin Laden is like the monster costume under the floorboards in that godawful movie “The Village”
    catching him means they can’t try to use him for a convenient scare tactic or “October Surprise” somewhere along the line.

  3. Are we forgetting that the bin Laden family was in the USA on 9/11, and was given every possible assistance by the US government in leaving the USA as fast as possible? Bush and the bin Ladens are apparently pretty close, just as the Bush family is close to many of the Saud family. I doubt that there was ever any serious effort made to find Osama, let alone to kill him. And, as pansypoo said, ole binny boy does make a great boogieman. Boo!!!

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