Osama caught in Pakistan. Bush apologizes.
Yesterday, in the early morning hours, Osama Bin Laden was caught in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This represents a crushing blow to President Bush at a time when he is trying to rally the nation to garner support for his unpopular wars. President Bush addressed the nation in a televised speech from the White House:
Fellow Americans. In the past years we had been extremely successful in hunting down Osama Bin Laden. Our search for him was so effective at that time, that we had no trace of his whereabouts. However, in the past weeks we let the ball drop. Our search for Bin Laden got less and less efficient, culminating in the end in the devasting blow of actually finding him. I would like to apologize to the nation, and in particular to the family members and friends of the people killed on 9/11.
Press Gaggle by Tony Snow
Aboard Air Force One
September 10, 2006
Q Harder to find than when, since we haven't found him [bin Laden]?
MR. SNOW: Well, let me put it this way. There have been clues in the past, for instance, based on electronic communications, as you know -- satellite telephones -- they have changed the way in which they've done a number of things -- and I won't go into that, but they have changed their methods of operation in response to the fact that they don't want to be found out. It's just tougher. They've moved to more primitive means of communication and they've gone to ground.
Q It sort of sounds like since he's harder to find is a sign of our success.
MR. SNOW: Well, in some ways, it is. I mean, if bin Laden was thoroughly successful, he'd be sitting on a throne conducting press conferences or issuing fatwas in full view of everyone -- and he is not doing so.