But will he settle for another #3?
The arrest of a jihadi cell in California reminded the United States that Pakistan was still a part of the problem. Musharraf is back in the doghouse after the Mukhtaran Mai case. Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to Afghanistan has made a point (and escaped assassination by Pakistani hands). Hamid Karzai, has accused Pakistan of forcing Taliban forces to fight US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
And then George Bush’s handpicked CIA chief made it quite clear why the United States is unable to capture Bin Laden.
TIME: When will we get Osama bin Laden?
Goss: That is a question that goes far deeper than you know. In the chain that you need to successfully wrap up the war on terror, we have some weak links… when you go to the very difficult question of dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you’re dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play.
TIME:It sounds like you have a pretty good idea of where he is. Where?
Goss: I have an excellent idea of where he is. What’s the next question? [TIME]
When it gets this hot in Washington, Gen Musharraf’s men usually capture another ‘high-ranking’ al-Qaeda operative, presumably Bin Laden’s right hand man, and hand him over to American authorities. Usually Mr Goss (or his political masters) content themselves with that. Will they go any further this time around?