I'm still working on this so I'll turn it over to Will Bunch who has more...
The surprising announcement comes as Pakistani army officials announced they were pulling their troops out of the North Waziristan region as part of a "peace deal" with the Taliban.
If he is in Pakistan, bin Laden "would not be taken into custody," Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan told ABC News in a telephone interview, "as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen." -- ABC News, Sept. 5, 2006.
So we botch an offensive in Pakistan, and the resulting surrender truce is now helping the Taliban and its sympathizers tilt the balance of the conflict in Afghanistan their way. The growing success of the Afghan insurgency, in turn, drains our resources in Iraq. And so on...
Nitpicker: Bad timing for Bush, bad news for America
Gen. John Abizaid, commander of the U.S. Central Command, said militants are using Pakistan as a base to infiltrate into Afghanistan, but he said the Pakistani government is not conspiring with them. "I think that Pakistan has done an awful lot in going after al-Qaida and it's important that they don't let the Taliban groups be organized in the Pakistani side of the border," he said in Bagram, where the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan is located.
Abizaid said he does not believe accusations of collusion between Pakistan's government and the resurgent Taliban rebels or other extremists.