RE: Rumsfeld Says He May Drop New Office of Influence

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Date: Wed Feb 27 2002 - 23:54:36 GMT

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    >From: Vincent Campbell <>
    >To: "''" <>
    >Subject: RE: Rumsfeld Says He May Drop New Office of Influence
    >Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 14:41:28 -0000
    > >>How many months now, and where is bin Laden?
    > <Well, now....
    > > This seems like a most tepid condemnation to me.
    > >
    > > As the savvy, retrogrouch lawyer said in the Star Trek episode where
    > > was being court-martialed, 'it's only easy to find a man who _wants_ to
    > > be found.'>
    > >
    > Ok, but I was merely pointing out that the initial goal was to
    >capture bin Laden and close down al-qaeda. Whilst he is at large, surely
    >al-qaeda is not closed down? Whatever the plaudits we might offer for
    >bringing down the Taliban, that was surely a side issue. If bin Laden had
    >been elsewhere in the world, the Taliban would still be in power. A bit
    >like Musharaff- a military dictator who took power via a coup- suddenly
    >becoming Blair and Bush's best buddy. Expediency rules in international
    Is Musharraf going to allow for Pakistani elections to resume towards the
    end of this year? I vaguely recall something being said about this, but it
    has gone irretrievably into my vast memory hole.

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