Why is Bin Laden’s Escape from Tora Bora Such Shocking News?
Tomorrow the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will formally release a report asserting that in December, 2001,
Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made the crucial and costly decision not to pursue the terrorist leader with massive force.
In other words, if we’d captured Bin Laden then, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq would have been pointless but since the Bush administration wanted to wage both of those wars, they let him escape.
But why, eight years on, is this news? For those of us who have been paying attention, it isn’t. Take this for example, from March, 2002: How bin Laden Got Away.
So why is the media feigning shock about this report? It isn’t news. The news is that the media didn’t do its job. Were we a nation that was honest about its past, we would have put to bed as a national embarrassment by now.