March 16th, 2010
08:20 PM ET

Analysis: The last 100 yards to bin Laden

The fact that Attorney General Eric Holder believes that Osama bin Laden will not be found alive is not surprising to those I speak to in the national security community.

Senior military and intelligence officials have said to me over the years they don't really expect to get bin Laden alive.

The feeling is either he has a poison pill such as cyanide that he would take if cornered, a weapon on his person at all times to shoot himself, or his immediate security personnel - who are with him at all times - have taken a vow to shoot and kill him before he is taken.

Holder went on to say as much after his initial comment Tuesday.

"The chances he'll be captured alive are infinitesimal. He'll be killed by our people or his own people so he's not captured by us," Holder told Congress.

This has been a long-standing view by almost everyone I have spoken to, that generally the "last 100 yards to bin Laden" would be the toughest because of this scenario.

It was back in 2001, one week after September 11, that I asked then-President George W. Bush about catching bin Laden. His answer became iconic.

"I want justice," Bush said. "And there's an old poster out West… I recall, that said, 'Wanted, Dead or Alive.'"

But since then, almost everyone I talked with said the former option was the most likely. It has generally come to be understood it will not be alive.

Related: Whatever happened to bin Laden?

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  1. Osama been lyin

    Take a few minutes and search google and consider the evidence. From what I've gathered, Osama bin laden has been dead since 2001. Of course the terrorist community and the U.S. Gov't both have something in common.. they want everyone to believe Osama still lives.

    March 20, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rh

    Let's hope he's NOT taken alive. The libs in this country would try their best to get him off the hook.

    March 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sammuel Wallece

    The whole Western World is entrapped in the so called "The War on Terror" after 9/11 and then we brought so many countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan Yemen into a war zone. Iraq which was by and large a peaceful, educated, secular and oil rich country is doomed now and is burning in sectarian clashes amongst Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. Because of the wrong policy of Bush we created another Iran in the Midle East because it is Iran which is in the win win position after Iraq Attack by USA. Iran's political influence and oil wealth has gone much higher after Iraq invasion. Afghanistan is another quagmire for USA, after eight long years of USA presence in Afghanistan USA could not achieve any thing except a huge financial expenses and a bad name for having a Gitmo's and Abu GhareebTorture Policy. I don't know how far this Bin Laden's havoc and fear psychosis will take USA and when USA is going to end this "War Psychosis" and will bring an atmosphere of peace to the world specially USA is going to crack financially and it needs to limit its expenditures.

    March 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave Mann

    BTW, they say the Russians did find Hitler, out back in a shallow grave after his remains had been burned. Years and years later they were released for public inspection and an analysis of his teeth gave inspectors reason to think it was him.

    March 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Martin Aguero Gallo

    There´s no longer ¨a credible¨ Osama Bin Laden in the mass media.

    March 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon

    We fill find him...dead or alive hoorah...

    March 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Manny

    Human's make all the plans but only God makes them happen. If it is God's will th at Bin Ladden will be caught alive and used to command his blind followers to lay down thier arms before being brought to justice, so be it. If he had that control ove r his life would have killed him self already. Remember Sadam Hussien, He had a pistol on him when he was caught and why did he not use it. How stronger or braver is Bin Laden over Sadam. If is it God's will, he will be caught alive. I beilieve he will be caught alive and some time this year God willing.

    March 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mary mendez

    Please just find BIN LADEN DNA.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Trevor Doyle

    Hilarious Hollywood style melodrama.
    UBL was enabled by the CIA. He created Al Qaeda based on his CIA training. He enabled his people to plan and execute the 911 events. You seriously believe anyone in the US intelligence community actually wants to capture him?
    It's time to end the nonsense and get on with things.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George

    Imagine the great TV if he is captured alive. Everyone watched the O.J. trial, and this one would be even bigger.

    March 20, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Butch

    Bush said he wanted justice right after 911. WE'll get Bin Laden dead or alive. But when he had him cornered in a cave at Tora Bora,He pulled out and attacked Iraq what a traitor he should be in jail

    March 20, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Devis Sri lanka

    i think we should not repeat bad guy"s name all the time . If he is alive then he get powerful if we repeat the name frequently. words have power to manifest. lets talk about the young men who are serving in the battle field and pray that they can return to their families soon.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Matt Mccoy


    There is SCUM on both sides in this inequitable world.

    March 19, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matt Mccoy

    Hey WALLEYE,

    Send Dick Cheney out to thousands of neighborhoods in America without his security and see if he lasts 5 minutes.

    March 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frankinbun

    Bin Laden had nothing to do with 911. The FBI even admits it. That video was a fake. That was not Osama. Americans are idiots. Trillions wasted and millions killed so wall street can make trillions. But not enough money for healthcare and education. Chile and Colombia and S. Korea have better living standards. Our children have no future here.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Vader

    forget Bin Laden he's a puppet, Pope Benedict is the one you want – the devils are inside the walls

    March 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. matty david

    The best way to look down upon, discredit and even disrespect this man is to simply say....who cares where he is? He's nothing... never will be...

    March 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  18. 2_dawgs

    oh he's alive all right, and he directed 19 men to fly planes into buildings in the USA.
    i say "no jail, no bail, just straight to hell." and if he isn't alive, then he's already in hell.

    March 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  19. dan

    This man knows that getting captured and rotting in an american cell for the rest of his natural life will destroy the basis for his whole fight. If he dies in battle he is a martyr for his cause. The valient leader who gave it all. But if we could get him alive in some lucky chance and manage to find a way to prison him, which we must, then we win. His organazation loses initiative.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  20. DAN

    I have no doubt that Bin Laden is in Iran being shielded from us by the mullah’s as the Iranian leadership laughs at us as they did after murdering over two hundred of our beloved Marine’s in Lebanon and leveling our embassy there as well. Iran has always run circles around us laughing the laugh of knowing we will never retaliate against them because we just do not get it. Where do you think the IED’s used to kill our trooped came from and where pioneered by?? They are still killing are troops but we do not get it. In their eyes, at least we have continuity as will never rock the Iranian boat as they merely pursue nukes to use. What happened to us?? We used to be the home of the brave not the home of the professional victim. Our military would protect us if their irrational restrictions were removed as in WWII.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dennis1020

    What's with this "100 yards" stuff? A .50 calibre sniper rifle has an effective range of about 1/2 mile. One round to the torso and his bodyguards will be picking up body limbs from the four compass points and the gene pool will be one step closer to being cleaned up.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Cyg

    Cheney's stock options will dry up if he's dead....

    March 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. TheMovieFan

    Robert (March 17th, 2010 10:38 am ET) wrote:

    No doubt, the ACLU and Hollywood liberals will be lining up to defend him.

    I have no doubt you are a mindless idiot.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Tom, Flagstaff AZ

    Let me clarify one thing. The ACLU is a wothy and invaluable orgaization. If Bin Laden were caught alive and the ACLU intervened in some way, the ACLU would be acting to protect the guaratneed rights of the individual, no matter how much we might hate that person.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  25. walleye

    If he is catured, they should release him in NY Times Square. He will last about 5 minutes.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. jballem

    It is my humble opinion that "Osama Bin Laden" will not be captured alive because "Osama Bin Laden" doesn't exist.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jeff

    Dada Khan is right. This is no different than the lie of WWII. Did they ever find Hitler? No. They never even found a body. He was as non existant as the WMD's. He was just a boogeyman created by the decadant powers to justify a war. And all of us who understand this should not post to the web because the CIA can now locate us based on our IP address. When the govt takes over health care the CIA will arrange for our doctors to inject those of us who fight against the lies with cancer causing agents in any vaccine or medicine so we all die.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  28. ekralcmot

    I think Bin laden is too chicken to kill himself. He has no problem strapping bombs onto women and children or killing innocents but I don't think he could do the same to himself, he hasn't got the suicide bug because he isn't poor and helpless like the uneducated "soldiers" he has brainwashed with his perverted brand of Islam. Besides all that, Muslims who don't live in subjugated fear of these religious zealots and their brand of "justice" realize that the Bin Laden's interpretation of Islam is not what being Muslim is all about.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  29. cornea503

    Silly commentary, putting the cart before the horse. Nobody has a clue of where he is so to talk about getting anywhere near him is way to premature and dumb at this point. Lets get close to him, then worry about what will happen next.

    March 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Enver Khorasanee

    This is to Big Bob, did you know that the "Gulf of Tonkin" incident was a complete hoax? Did you know that Mossedeq been smeared as a Commie was a complete hoax setup by the CIA? And two huge towers falling identically alike? Come on tell me another. Enver K.

    March 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mIKE

    Dennis at 12:38

    DUDE are you for real. Your pacifist tone of voice and lack of knowledge about the world, stream through you leftist rhetoric like water through a hose. How nice it would be if the world was at peace and all the bogeymen were dead or housed in closets that would hold them. Unfortunately that is not the case nor will it ever be while there are humans on earth. We are aggressive and violent at heart and it is amazing that a country like ours has had such little effect on the world while holding such a large club. Pacifism will never rule this earth; it can only be dominated by others. I am not promoting war or aggression, I am just pointing out the obvious historical facts. LIKE IT OR NOT!

    March 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  32. BigMike60

    Always was astounded that the GI who caught Saddam had not just rolled a grenade into the spider hole that they found him in. So, I guess it is possible that they will get Bin Laden alive, unless his alleged kidney issues get him first, or we get lucky with a drone attack. Would like to see him strung up from a gallows though.

    March 19, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  33. Big Bob

    John Doe!

    The Saudi's were actually upset with Bin Laden for doing 911.
    (He admitted and celebrated on tape all of you troofers!)
    The Saudis have infiltrated the US from academia all the way up to the Justice and State departments. Along with the Muslim Brotherhood, it's been going on here and in Europe for over 40 years. The West turns a blind eye to it because of it's need for oil.
    911 wasn't necessary in the Saudi's eyes because the peaceful sabotage was/is well underway.
    911 blew the roof off.

    And for all of you troofers...really! Do you think the "evil" Bush/Rove/Cheney could have pulled that off and kept it a secret? The media leaks secrets to our enemies all the time.
    What makes you think that 911 could have been kept under wraps?


    March 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  34. Smeagle

    Why would you compare Hitler to Osama Bin Laden? These are two entirely different people who employ entirely different methods. Some people are too chicken to do themselves in ine leiu of torture. I agree we will most likely not catch him alive but I would rather he be dead anyway. If he lives then he will get a court hearing and consume more funds (although it is pennies compared to the amount spent finding him).

    March 19, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  35. Alex

    Since when has a terrorist been the standard for defining our identity as a country? Do we become a country that violates basic human rights and commits extrajudicial killings simply because our enemies behave in such a manner? Does our country believe in raping rapists? Do we appoint sexual deviants to molest the children of child molesters? Does our thirst for revenge and blood distort the principles and ideals on which this country was founded?
    Be careful for what you ask America. The seeds you sow today to capture a cave-dwelling terrorist, may one day sprout to smother the freedoms and liberties taken for granted in all homes in main street America.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  36. Augustus

    9\11 was a tragedy, but it was also a flash in the pan. Al Qaeda is not as weel rganized nor as powerfull as the "governments of the free world" want you to believe. If they were as powerfull and as well funded and as well organized as our "intelligence community" leads us to believe, why not hit a major city every 3-4 months? Nothing as big as 9\11, but little car bombs, chlorine gas attacks and maybe a randome "martyrdom shooting" ? think of the terror and mayhem that they could generate if a lone terrorist walked into a mall as a not-so-smart bomb! They are a weak and poorly organized bunch of illiterate and uneducated individuals who have perverted the words of Allah and exorcised all that is good from their version of the Quran.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  37. Mr. Davidson

    Bin Laden is likely captive in the underground cities of Iran surrounded by security for life it's no wonder many of his family have been there also recently. Bin Laden is a patron saint to Islam ,Arabs and Muslim fundamentalist throughout the world. Osama is the most important propaganda tool to the US government who ever lived and has been guarded like fort knox by the CIA and allowed to remain free at all cost. Without Bin Laden GWBush would never have been elected President again Halliburton would have gone into bankruptcy and major defense firms the way of Chrysler motors. americans would be financially stable today and there would be no deficit,and thats a fact.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  38. Paul

    After reading these posts I think we should try finding intelligence on earth before looking for it in other parts of the universe.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  39. Boogyman

    Give me half of that $50 million dollar reward up front, and I will go get him. The other half upon delivery. Tax free of course.

    March 19, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  40. doubletalk

    I don't think bin Laden will EVER be captured or killed - it'd be bad for business. Think about it: You have tens of thousands of people and hundreds of billions of dollars in defense spending, dedicated to protecting America from one little old guy in a cave. You think the military, defense contractors, and "Strong on Defense" politicians would allow the rationale for all that to be captured or killed? For the last 10 years, bin Laden has been the boogy man that's helped prop the whole charade up. Captured or Killed? Puuhhhleeaaazeeee...

    March 19, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  41. Andy, Washington D.C.

    Have you ever poured gas onto a fire? That is exactly what would happen if Bin Laden were killed. Has it ever occured to anyone that perhaps the US doesn't actively pursue killing him or Zawahiri for that exact reason? Do you honestly believe that we can kill their Tier 1 leadership (#3 – #10) over and over again but somehow these two guys manage to sneak by? Use your heads.

    March 19, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  42. Andy, Washington D.C.

    I thoroughly enjoy reading the comments posted under the articles that pertain to Bin Laden, 9/11, and other terroristic events involving the US. Do you conspiracy theorists truly believe what comes out of your mouth and through your finger tips?

    March 19, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  43. Devis Sri lanka

    to chris, we have suffered 28 years war in sri lanka . what we had was ltte one of the most dangerous killers and they had links with Alqueda, jihad or other terrorist organizations.we may not have stepped in Afganistan but we all live in one planet. If we dont care for others one day there will be no one to care for us. I read about other countries and pray for all other nations who are suffering from terrorists acts or tsunami or other tragedy. As a Sri lankan I have tasted it all. . meanwhile I really respect the servicemen in these war zones. From writing about it and commencing to these global problems these forces who are in the battle know world care about what they are doing in war zones and isnt it a support to these dedicated brave men who fight to establish a better world for future generation. Hope this will help little bit to understand your question why.......

    March 19, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  44. You Cant Handle The Truth

    I would prefer Bin Laden be found dead rather than alive in order to avoid the OJ Simpson style media circus revolving around a trial. As an American, I'm disappointed to see how many idiotic government conspiracy theories are in these posts. You might want to read newspapers, magazines and books in order to help you separate make believe from reality. The Islamic militancy movement is real. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Phillipines, Spain, Britain, Denmark, Netherlands, etc. have all had terror incidents. I saw the Pentagon burning on 9-11 from my office.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  45. Devis Sri lanka

    here in Sri lanka many did not believe when the ltte leader was dead. But he was. May be bin laden is dead too. He was an old guy. world has to keep tracking baby bins yet.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  46. DJ Yoyo

    I observe no general consensus here, which is creating a sense of anxiety for me.

    Imagine trying to manage this variety of opinion!!!

    Good Luck 'ol USA!!!

    March 19, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  47. Ed sosa

    Tha guy died long time ago by a predator that hit his comboy.thats why president

    George Bush was laughimg when someone ask him if we going to cacht him.he is dead for good.finish the job,God bles America.

    March 19, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  48. Randy

    Are you people all off your rockers. I just looked it up on the web, George W. and Dick Cheney are no longer in charge of anything but their own bowel movements and even that is debatable. Your Democratic savior is in charge now so get off of your moronic theories that the Bush administrations are still running the show. Bin Laden may have been in charge at some point but he is no specter, he is real and dead or alive he is still a strong influence on the extremists out there who are looking for an excuse to kill or die for a cause. If the people of all religions would suck it up and live by the "golden rule" which the Koran and Bible both teach maybe we could get past all the killing and start to make things just a little better. Would it be nice to spend Trillions of dollars on taking care of people rather than blowing them up? That is both sides not just the U.S. and its buddies but the Islamic radicals money also.

    March 19, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  49. mike

    Don't forget all of the tunneled-visioned people like yourself Chris. I know , I said the same things until I woke up about four years ago.Just because we don't vacation in Afghanistan doesn't mean we are not intelligent enough to review evidence and facts and come to our own common sense conclusions.The cat is out of the bag ,thermite in the dust sealed the deal. It is only a matter of time. The truth is stranger than fiction. There is no 'hunt' for this guy.C'mon sheeple !

    March 19, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  50. Blessed Geek

    We are afraid of trying bin Laden here in the US if he's ever found. We are afraid of trying Guantanamo Bay recruits (as they were "recruited" into that military camp) because we realise that our laws are imperfect and could allow them to be set free.

    There goes my motivation to live because these people are telling me our laws are imperfect.

    I hear there is a movement to have lawyers who have defended terrorists are being threatened with disbarment. There goes my motivation again. Because my impression was that this country mandates that a person is given the utmost effort of justice by trial. Since there is evidence that such efforts would result in the release of criminals and terrorists – we are all doomed. Our laws cannot protect us and yet all of us are sitting idly by playing computer games and watching the stock market fall and buying cheap goods from China instead of having village and town meetings frequently to get rid of the two dominant political parties.

    I call for an Apple-Cider party to right these wrongs – because during the Boston Tea Party, the American rebels threw away all the tea (loved by the British) overboard into the bay but took home all the barrels of apple cider (loved by the Americans then). It should have been called the Boston Apple Cider party.

    March 19, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  51. Tevin

    Previous Post: "Does anyone really care what Eric Holder says? Afterall, Holder is only a lawyer and, therefore, little qualified to conjecture on whether or not we will find bin Laden."

    Holder is the AG of the United States, so he isn't just a lawyer. The AG is the highest ranking LAW ENFORCEMENT officer in the United States. As head of the Justice Department, the FBI reports to him.

    March 19, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  52. The LIzard King

    But we also thought the same of Hussein, and look where we found him.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Alan

    Since 9-11 the world is broken, a fracture in our society that grew to an earthquake. At the root are religious differences and long standing wars from the before the Ottoman empire to the present Israeli Palestinian conflict. Religion in general has become fanatical on both sides. Those willing to die in the name of their God, and those willing to kill in the name of their God. The zealous beliefs border on the insane. Drug addicts are addicted to the rush, so too are the extreme beliefs an ungodly actions on both sides. Question a believer of any religion and you get vilified, or worse. When religion saves the lives of their enemies only then will we have peace. Until then we will be manipulated by the so called religious leaders who's tirades lead to death on both sides, and not to a better world.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Doda Khan

    With the greatest Armed Force of the world in Afghanistan. With the most technically advanced satellites and surveillance focused on Afghanistan snooping and eyeballing 24/7 . Carpet bombing B 52s and stealthy drones and bunker busters after this primitive camel jockey. Delta force , Marines, Seals and special ops on hunt

    He is still alive and can not even be located . Is OBL that good ? or like some one wrote earlier this guy is good for everybody's business. Great boogeyman to make tax payers pay and an engine for military industrial complex. A cart blanche to smear faith of the 1.5 Billion human beings. He will never be found dead or alive!

    March 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Robert

    Not so fast. Don't underestimate the basic human survival instinct. Saddam Hussein was captured alive hiding in a hole. Why not Bin Laden hiding in his cave?

    I too would like to see Bin Laden locked away in a *military* prison the rest of his life. Not a martyr.

    March 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Chris

    Why are the only people who comment here right-wing radicals, conspiracy nuts, and generally people who know nothing but have an opinion on everything? Seriously, have any of you people actually set foot in Afghanistan or been involved in the hunt for UBL?

    March 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Mohammad A. Dar

    Do not waste your time and money, He in not a man but a movement.

    March 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  58. El miklo

    I truly believe that Bin laden is nothing more than a boogeyman created by the united states government so they had someone to present to the american people as the cause of their terror. He is simply an icon for what we want to believe and the government will gladly give us the scapegoat we need to help us sleep at night.Osama Bin Laden may be a real person but I doubt his participation and worth is as valuable to the terroristic movement as potrayed by the media. My personal opinion? Its all a big conspiracy- All of it. not just this particular era

    March 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Colin Brown

    Bi Laden has been dead for several years now. See David Frost's BBC interview with Benazir Bhutto, recorded just before she was killed (unedited on the web).

    March 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  60. rrock

    He is just a boogie man representing a poorly organized collection of terrorists. He is only the symbolic head and as a result his death will do little to reduce terrorism. There is not just one leader of the bad guys so he is almost irrelevant.

    March 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  61. J

    I hope not cuz I'm gonna get'em.

    March 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  62. DRP

    You'd think a good navy seal special ops team armed with some flash grenades could take him alive, if they can ever find him. Or if Pakistan would tell us where he is.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  63. MaryX

    They should build a special single cell for Bin laden – on the roof of the new WTC. 🙂

    March 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  64. ralphrank

    There is an Osama Bin Laden in the mind of every American. The question is " is he real or is he an FBI and CIA invention? The world is waiting for an answer from the US government past and present.
    Conspiracy is becoming the hallmark of American politics, and this is hurting the whole world.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Clay

    The 9-11 Commission report was a cover up.
    We need a truly independent investigation into 9-11.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Harold Trunpett

    if none other than benazir bhutto says he's dead, you'd better believe it.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  67. dc

    If we catch bin Laden alive then I think we should let him go ... after we tell everyone in this country when and where. There wouldn't be enough of him left after three minutes to fill a shot glass.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Nadeem Zafar

    And what about those videos that he releases at least once a year in which he makes references to the most recent events?

    March 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Shawn

    He' already dead people!

    March 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  70. J Potratz

    Hard to scare the American Public with a dead terrorist. It fit the Bush agenda to have bin Laden alive and out there to help pass their wire tap, bank records, mail opening laws. Those laws had NOTHING to do with terrorism, and everything to do with finding out who financed the Democrats, who they talked to, e-mailed, what they bought, where they went, etc.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Timothy

    Do you think the CIA will admit bin Laden died years ago and stop circulating those old movies of him? In some of the later ones he apparently gets younger.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  72. g.r.r.

    I would LOVE to see us get him alive. Put him in levenworth or NY prisons in general population.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  73. Matthew

    Ignorance runs amok... I truly hope this isn't all our intelligence community can come up with. If so... no wonder why they haven't caught/killed him. Ingenuity and imagination seems to be a description that's not attached to articles and discussions regarding internation terrorism.

    There are thousands of scenarios that are available to Bin Laden besides the obvious above. What's the worst case scenario that no one is mentioning? If Bin Laden is actually still out there... what about the day he finally decides to martyr himself and he commits suicide with a bomb at a very strategic place? I'm sure there's going to be enough video footage for propaganda to last decades for producing little Bin Laden idols.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  74. Daniel

    It is quite dubious that bin Laden is even alive since he had a severe case of nephritis back in 2001.The right-wing thugs in Washington still need him to scare the American public into a right-wing frenzy.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  75. DCB

    I am wondering if Robert read the same news item I did. Nowhere does it mention Miranda rights, the ACLU, Khalid Sheik Mohammad, or Hollywood. If I, as a liberal, employed similar tactics, I could certainly make self-serving cracks about conservative lemmings, foaming-at-the-mouth Faux News, and the stupidity of invading Iraq under false pretences when we already had a real war and a real enemy in Afghanistan.

    However, I can say I agree with Robert that it would be easier if Bin Laden were killed rather than captured. But if he is captured, he will get his fair trial. Because in this country, that's what we do - we live by our principles. We don't say one thing and then do another because it's more convenient.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  76. dick pierce

    Does anyone really care what Eric Holder says? Afterall, Holder is only a lawyer and, therefore, little qualified to conjecture on whether or not we will find bin Laden.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  77. Jason Francis

    Ironically, the smartest thing Bin Laden could do right now is turn himself in without a fight at a very public place in Belgium or France. He'd get free medical care, free meals, prayer time, and put the western world into a legal mess that would take at least a decade to sort out. Then once the trial started the prosecution would have to actually prove he had committed a crime while not even standing in the same hemisphere as where the crime was committed.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  78. jocelyn blais

    By th way...
    Benazir Bhutto, in a BBC interview (in the last year before her death) said, that BenLaden was killed since a long time.

    She seemed to know a lot of things about it...

    March 18, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  79. Firas

    In Islamic laws, suicide is prohibited. I know that there have been many muslim suicide bombings in the past but killing self to avoid capture is a different story. So, I really doubt that Osama bin laden would kill himself to avoid getting captured.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  80. Chris P.

    Bin Laden's been dead for years. The U.S. pretends he's alive so as to keep the GWOT going and funded, and Pakistan does so the U.S. will keep sending money. All "his" recent audio and video pieces have been faked. Time to find a new villain!

    March 18, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  81. HRPufnstuf

    I'd like to see his head displayed in a museum.

    March 18, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |

    BEN LADIN IS DEAD !! - B-52'sburied him years ago –Medfa loves to keep him alive.

    March 18, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  83. Allen

    Well put.

    March 18, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  84. ejaylinz

    The government do not want him alive, since that would mean a trial which would mean evidence. They would have to look at the whole event again reopen it in a way and ummm well they do not want that.

    March 18, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  85. Dennis

    ACLU and Hollywood liberals?...No,the right wing fanatics believe we should commit 100k troops while losing possibly half to casualties trying to capture him and bring him to Gitmo for waterboarding and interrogation techniques while Dick Cheney says"see how it works" and GWB can finally say "mission accomplished".Then we can somehow justify the 4,000+ needless deaths in Iraq.This country was either in denial or in a coma for the previous 8 years prior to the current administration.I guess Osama was in Iraq all along and that's why we invaded that country.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  86. mike

    What evidence , exactly , does the F.B.I. have connecting this guy to 9/11 ? His most wanted poster doesn't mention 9/11. Quit theorizing on lies and search the truth . It's hidden in plain sight , one only need open their eyes.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  87. buckem

    We will never see Bin Laden's head on a pike.
    He is too valuable as an inspiration to more jihadists and a boogyman to the west.
    He is a great asset to the military/industrial machine.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  88. william

    it would be nice to capture him alive, waterboard him for an extended period to find out who , in what goverments have suported him and then tie him to a pole and target practice, on him ,, them wrap him in a nice pigskin sack and bury him in secret at sea.....

    March 17, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  89. sam

    But who is her really? I believe he works for the CIA in Black Opts. Bush/Cheeney/Rove (the unholy trinity) needed him to scare the bejesus out of the American people so they could do their dirty work unmolested. Cheeney was the main driving force since he wanted lucrative military contracts for his old buds Haliburton, and they in return would generously reward him. One really has no idea what these monsters were all about. May they roast in hell for all eternity!

    March 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Jeremy

    Yes I do agree with the general opinion on what will happen if and when Bin laden is cornered. He will not be taken alive, but in retrospec to what has been stated in the above opinions, I would dare say that to prevent him from becoming anymore of an icon/martyr then he already has been made, the death should be silent and quick so as not to be over glorified or stated by his followers. Just something to mull over... May he rot in hell.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  91. John Doe

    You all make valid points but I believe Bin Ladens activities have aroused global awareness of terrorist activities. The 9/11 attacks are minimalistic compared to what could have been done with the level of terrorist awareness back then.

    I don't condone what Bin Laden did, but on the other hand if it wasn't Bin Laden it could have been someone worse who could have done worse. Much like mass suicides perhaps Bin Laden meant to teach us all something.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Devine Justice

    Why would this murderer stay in Afghanistan when that's where the hunt for him is going on? Why not back in his homeland or some obscure place on earth. He could be dead already, but our leaders won't say so until better conclusions there.

    Whatever & wherever, eternal misery awaits for this coward. I sure would like to group a clip at his beard.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  93. steve

    The 10:38 guy is an idiot.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  94. wcnea567

    Robert forgot that churches will also line up to defend bin Laden.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  95. A. Smith, Oregon

    Obviously the US Govt. agency's do not want Osama bin Ladin publicly on the record stating he was on the CIA payroll for a full 10 years and out the CIA involvement with the Taliban, Opium exports et. al. for the past 20 years in Afghanistan.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  96. dejuan brown

    I really feel that bin laden is alive he is just unground some where,with a doctor or maybe even another army of some sort to protect him an care him until he's well so he can reconstruct some type of bomb,or devices to terror attack are united states of america again,just like he acted when the 9/11 hit, so you can capture him as rapidly.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  97. PatUSA

    I hope that we will be able to capture Bin Laden alive. He would not achieve martyrdom, he would just grow old in a little cell, spending the rest of his life watching the world go on without him. That would be perfect.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Heidi

    I always figured someone has his derringer handy for when that time comes. He's too much of a coward for him to actually put up a fight. I he gets cornered he'll probably simply take as many people with him as he can. My only hope is we get the opportunity to drop a bunker buster on him..and take as many of his friends with him as possible. Sick of hearing about Bin Ladin...let the rocks have him....he's condemned to the underground already..leave him there..and roll the rock into place across the door..or collapse it..either way..problem solved. And I swear if he gets away again because "we wait for for the exact right moment" I am going to scream.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Robert

    Hitler did not allow himself to be captured alive, and neither do I expect Bin Laden to be, so any talk of reading the "Miranda Rights" to him is entirely of theoretical interests only.

    That said, suppose we do find Bin Laden, I do hope that rather than capture him alive and have to deal with the political consequences, he is killed on the battlefield. There is a circus developing around KSM now. No doubt, the ACLU and Hollywood liberals will be lining up to defend him. Let's not give Bin Laden and Co. a soapbox to air their sick propaganda, because that's precisely why they perpetrated 9/11 in the first place, so the world is forced to sit up and listen to them – that's always the motive for terrorists. Therefore, the best thing we can do for the victims of 9/11 is to silence their killers and erase memories of them forever and not letting them get their way, which is to propagandize.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  100. Hillcoguy

    He's in an unmarked grave in an unlocated cave in the Hindu Kush. Good Riddance!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |