Monday, June 20, 2005

Goss Shows His Hand

In a recent Time interview, CIA Director Porter Goss told the magazine when asked about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, "I have an excellent idea of where he is." He blamed the fact that he is still at large on the "difficult question of dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you're dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play."

All of this begs the question: Why show your hand? What is the purpose of letting Osama know that we have him in our sights? If he knew what was good for him—and all indications are that he does—he would just slip away again.

Perhaps by making this revelation, the CIA intends to force Osama into a blunder that flushes him out of hiding . Of course, that would assume that U.S. intelligence agencies are on top of things; a proposition that is, to put it mildly, unsupported by the facts.
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