Why can't we get bin Laden? The likely answer is Pakistan. And unless Democrats are willing to support the invasion of Pakistan: specifically the Waziristan portion which lies on the border with Afghanistan, we're not likely to get him anytime soon.
While it is true that Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf risked his political fortune by using the Pak Army to incur into this area to help contain the Taliban and al Qaida operatives who base there it is also true that it appears that he has lost.
Pakistan has a new strategy for fighting al-Qaida and Taliban militancy on its lawless border with Afghanistan: peace. After three years of battles, the army has reached a truce with militants in North Waziristan. But that's only stoked fears that Islamic extremists will have a freer run than ever along the rugged frontier where Osama bin Laden could be hiding.
This incredible development has the government of Pakistan suing for peace with militant Islamists. The importance of this can not be understated in my mind because it shows how weak Musharraf is. And if he is weak, it means he is weak relative to the Islamists. And if he is weak relative to the Islamists, then there is a chance that the government could fall to al Qaida and the Taliban.
If that happens, the hoard of nuclear weapons that Pakistan possesses falls into the hands of al Qaida. At that point, the US will have to take action.
The fact is, we should be taking action now. But the Left has made this so politically untenable, at the very least until November, and quite possibly for much longer than that.
But when Democrats pound Bush and the Republicans for not having captured bin Laden yet, what are they suggesting? That we invade Pakistan? Invade Waziristan?
Well if that's the case, please say so so we can get off the dime and clean out that cesspool before it becomes a nuclear threat. Think about it: A world where both Iran and al Qaida have nukes.
Given the current state of affairs in Pakistan, it's just a matter of time before Musharraf loses control of Pakistan and then things get really bad.
Bill Roggio has a post on how we got to this point.
And while the New York Times is willing to prominently reveal our government's classified defenses against terrorists, the story of how al Qaida is busy taking Pakistan and its nukes is not such a big deal.