Suggestion-<quoted text> The same damn thing Obama did when he took office. Use the CIA to track all who self proclaimed to be a part of 9/11. Not invade invade a sovereign nation that had nothing to do with it. Using your logic, we should've went to war with Pakistan because that's where we found bin Laden. That was Bush's premise for invading Afghanistan. This is where the smart president Barack understood we didn't need a full out invasion to kill bin Laden. That's what or special forces are for. Compared to the not so smart president Bush tried to use military might in a fill out invasion which accomplished nothing.
You know those things they call libraries...those places Galt defines as repositories of "old information"?
If you walk into one of those...find one of them thar new fangled machines they call computers, complete with programs that let patrons search the shelves with a couple clicks of a mouse button...and type in a few relative to the subject keywords (like al qeada, afghanistan, bin_laden and 9/11)...you might find some very enlightening information.
Like that's exactly what the initial "battle back" plan was.
The United States Army in Afghanistan. Operation Enduring Freedom. Oct 2001-March 2002.
After the attacks on Americans in September 2001, the United States quickly uncovered clues as to the identity and organizational affiliation of the suicide terrorists who crashed planes into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. However, knowing that al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks, and that al Qaeda was based primarily in Afghanistan, was one thing. How to attack it was another. Afghanistan is an immense, land-locked country approximately the size of Texas with a population of around 24 million.(See Map 1.) It is a land of massive mountain ranges and remote valleys in the north and east and near desert-like conditions on the plains to the south and west. Road and rail communications nets were minimal and in disrepair. The rough terrain had been one of the major obstacles the Soviet troops faced during their war, and it would provide challenges to any U.S. military effort.
The United States had attempted to attack the terrorists in Afghanistan before. In 1998 the Clinton administration had launched cruise missiles against known or suspected terrorist training camps after terrorists attacked several U.S. embassies.
This handful of cruise missiles, however, did little more than stir up the hornet's nest. Only troops on the ground would be able to locate and kill the terrorists. However, without sea or air lines of communications, the movement of large numbers of conventional troops to the area with the missions of seizing terrain or locating and killing terrorists seemed a nearly impossible task. Reflecting that assessment, both Taliban and al Qaeda leaders seemed smugly safe in their faraway mountain strongholds. Nevertheless, within a month of the September 11th attacks the U.S. Army had deployed forces to Central Asia to confront the terrorists on their own ground. One of the first of these units was the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The unique talents and skills of this Special Operations unit would be tapped to penetrate this terrorist redoubt and assist the Northern Alliance in overthrowing the Taliban and rooting out the al Qaeda.
And just as a side note DUHpont-how is it your "o so smert current opotus admin" totally FAILED on even being able to recognize the blatant signs of TERRORISM in it's FACE-of big black flags waving in Benghazi AND red flags and whistles blowing of Chechnyan mujuhideens romping around Boston?????????? Didn't they learn Anything from history????