Townsend said something else that I thought warranted its own post:
TOWNSEND: Look, we can't do it alone. We understand from the intelligence that he's most likely in the tribal areas. They are inaccessible. They're difficult to reach. It's difficult terrain. And, oh, by the way, it's part of the sovereign country of Pakistan.
I've heard this argument made time and time again, yet it never ceases to amaze me. Even though it is widely accepted that bin Laden is hiding out in the remote areas of Pakistan, the fact that they are a "sovereign county" precludes our troops from entering and taking care of business. Are you kidding me? President Bush even reiterated this point back in September, telling Wolf Blitzer that he wouldn't send troops into Pakistan unless he was "invited" to do so because Pakistan is a "sovereign nation." With all due respect to Our Dear Leader, Iraq too was a "sovereign nation" but that didn't stop him from invading and deposing a leader who (a) didn't attack us and (b) posed no threat to our national security.
So, as Saddam Hussein awaits execution, the man actually responsible for 9/11 and the deaths of 3000 Americans remains free. What's more, he's being protected by our favorite dictatorally in The War on Terror, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, whose sovereignty we respect so much.