Thomas Sowell

 The latest irresponsible charge from John Kerry is that President Bush let Osama bin Laden escape. You would think we had bin Laden in custody and Bush left the door open.
We never "let" bin Laden escape. We never had him. Bush didn't even have another country offer to turn him over to us, as happened when Clinton was President.

 As with so many other things, Senator Kerry says that he would do it better: "I would have used our military and we would have gone after and captured or killed Osama bin Laden." He would have been "tough," he says.

 Do you remember an old musical comedy song that said, "Anything you can do I can do better"? Who would have dreamed that someday a grown man would be running for President of the United States on that childish theme?

 Speaking of bin Laden, have you noticed that it has been a long time since we have seen hide or hair of him? There has not even been an audio tape, which he could have made easily on a portable tape recorder in any of the many caves in Afghanistan.

 Bin Laden's number two guy has been doing the talking -- which may mean that the number two guy is now really the number one guy, if bin Laden is no longer alive.

 We don't know. It may be years before we know. But Senator Kerry apparently knows everything, including that we had bin Laden "cornered" in Afghanistan. The idea of cornering somebody in the vast mountainous regions of Afghanistan would be funny if it were not so tragic that a candidate for President would say such irresponsible things.

 Sadly, it is nothing new for Senator Kerry to say irresponsible things. His denunciations of our "going it alone" in Iraq ignore the countries whose thousands of troops are fighting and dying alongside our own in Iraq, not to mention the countries around the world that are cooperating in disrupting the financial networks that keep the international terrorist networks supplied with money.

 Just because Senator Kerry's beloved France is not with us does not mean that we are "going it alone." France has never been with us, whether under Bush or Clinton or Ronald Reagan. France has had too many of its own foreign policy disasters for us to take them as our guide in anything.

 The reason that there was a Vietnam war in the first place is that France would not grant Vietnam independence after World War II, as other European colonial powers granted independence to their colonies in Asia and Africa.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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