October 19th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Opinion: Why U.S. can't find Osama bin Laden

Editor's note: Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, is a fellow at the New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank tank, and at New York University's Center on Law and Security. He's the author of "The Osama bin Laden I Know."

American taxpayers have forked over around half a trillion dollars to U.S. intelligence services since the 9/11 attacks, yet nearly a decade after al Qaeda assaults on New York and Washington, the American intelligence community still cannot answer the most basic of questions:

Where is Osama bin Laden? Where is his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri? And where is Taliban leader Mullah Omar?

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  1. SHER

    It Took 9 Years To Find The Uni Bomber. And He Was In Our Country. Oh But Wait A Minute.....His Brother Turned Him In. Does That Count For Our Special Trained BTU's Tucked in their Tactical Boot Wearing Undercover Sniper Expert USA Agents......NO Let A USA Marine,Or USA Army Soldier Go Find Him. They Could Do It.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marine Corps SOCOM

    First off, Osama bin-Laden is probably a terrorist that thinks he has his wits about him, until of course he slips up, or ends up getting shot by one of his own.

    October 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saman

    this is very simple answer that if a thing hide in ur,s own hands than how is posible to find in other hands ,

    October 21, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Andrew bin-Laden had declared war on America not once but three times and made it clear by attacking American embassies, the USS Cole and lest you not forget the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Afghanistan is where he was allowed to train his terrorist organization al Qaeda with the help of the ruling power, the Taliban which would not give him up for him to be tried for these crimes! We gave them several days to do so and then we attacked the Taliban and al Qaeda! Let me remind you that many countries did not recognize the Taliban as the governing power of Afghanistan and the people themselves were brutally oppressed by them and some groups stood along side us to fight the Taliban also! NOW IF YOU THINK WERE STILL THE BAD GUYS YOUR HEAD IS ALL SCREWED UP MAN!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Do you mean like the Germans were not the bad guys in Poland back in 1939? Of course they were.

      October 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Old Sarge

    Andrew, we have every right to be there-don't you remember who attacked first.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Kind of like the Gemans had a right to march down the Champs-Elysee back in June 1940?

      October 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    It is only a matter of time! Be patient and we shall prevail against all evil!!! TIME TIME TIME IS ON MY SIDE YES IT IS!

    October 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      We are the bad guys,Dan. We have no right even to be there.

      October 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    The answer to that is quite simple.Osama bin Laden is most probably dead,but the right-wing thugs in Washington don't want us to believe it as they need him for their bogeyman to scare the public into supporting thses obscene wars and nobody knows the whereabouts of the other two.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |