Thursday, October 14, 2004

The Truth about Tora Bora

Senator Kerry has frequently attacked the President's prosecution of the War on Terror, often citing the battle of Tora Bora as a particularly egregious mistake. As Kerry explains it, the U.S. missed a golden opportunity to capture the "surrounded" Osama bin Laden, by relying on Afghani troops rather than U.S. forces. The criticism is particularly cynical coming from Mr. Kerry, who's plan for Iraq seems to involve a wholesale reliance on French and German troops.

In Tora Bora Baloney Melanie Kirkpatrick, writing in the WSJ, sheds some light on the truth about Tora Bora. Based on accounts of the Tora Bora campaign in new books by Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of the U.S. Central Command, and his deputy, Lt. Gen. Michael "Rifle" DeLong, the real story turns out to be much more "nuanced" than Kerry would let on. It's worth reading the whole thing.