It's one of Nancy Pelosi's "go to" themes, as if the Democrats - if
elected to a majority - would immediately "get" the world's number one
How conveniently she and her minions forget that Bill Clinton failed to snag bin
Laden during his entire presidency, when the mass murderer was much more out in
But as history tells us, not finding fugitives - even in the most highly publicized
cases and with the full force of government investigative agencies on their
trail - should be expected.
In 1934, Adolf Eichmann was appointed to the Jewish section of the SS, the
security and military organization of Germany's Nazi party, quickly becoming
a chief architect of "the final solution," and ultimately taking great
pride in the death of six-million, mainly European Jews. He escaped the Nuremberg
trials and the "Avengers," a group that tracked down and brought over
a thousand Nazis to justice. By 1945, with former Nazis helping him to move
to Argentina, all trace of Eichmann had vanished. It was not until May 11, 1960,
that Israeli authorities, led by the Mossad, captured Eichmann, and it was not
until 1961 that a court in Israel condemned the war criminal to death by hanging.
It took fifteen years to capture and bring to justice one of the most heinous
criminals in human history.
In 1986, Sweden's Prime Minister, Olof Palme, was walking home from a Stockholm
movie theater with his wife - in the middle of a bustling western city, not
in a mountainous region in the remotest part of the world - when a lone gunmen
shot and killed him. Twenty years have passed and no one has been charged with
In 1995, Bosnian Serb nationalist Radovan Karadzic was indicted by the International
Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague for war crimes and
genocide. In spite of a $5 million reward offered for information leading to
his capture, he has still roamed free for the last almost-12 years.
During the 1996 Olympics, Eric Rudolph detonated a bomb that killed one person
and injured 111. Two years later, "the Olympic park bomber" made the
FBI's Most Wanted List, with a million-dollar bounty on his head. Again, it
took the "best and the brightest" crime fighters seven years to find
Rudolph, hiding in an American mountain range - and not the caves and hills
of South Waziristan.
In 1916, the Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa attacked the 13th U.S. Cavalry
in Columbus, New Mexico, killing 18 people. In response, President Woodrow Wilson
dispatched General John J. Pershing, with 6,000 men under his command (plus
several divisions of Army and national Guard troops), to capture Villa. Pershing
never found the fugitive and the search was eventually called off. Villa was
assassinated seven years later.
In 1978, the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, sent through the mail the first of several
deadly bombs. For the next 20 years, he continued his rampage of terror and
murder. Although the target of the most expensive manhunt in the FBI's history,
the former academic eluded capture for two decades before being apprehended
in Lincoln, Montana.
Surely Democrats know these stories - that apprehending the worst villains
of our times is often impossibly difficult and almost always a lengthy, complicated
process. Yet they ignore these facts in favor of politicizing America's inability,
as yet, to "get" bin Laden, thus - indefensibly - weakening America's
Commander-in-Chief in a time of war.
The difficulty in apprehending Osama bin Laden is not unusual. As the above
examples attest to, capturing killers is difficult enough when they're on our
soil. When they're ten thousand miles away, hiding in dank caves and surrounded
by hundreds, if not thousands of armed, hard-core Taliban militia forming concentric
defensive rings protecting them, in the toughest terrain on earth -- it's that