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Bush On Tora Bora

What he didn’t say in the debates: “Now my opponent is throwing out the wild claim that he knows where bin Laden was in the fall of 2001 — and that our military had a chance to get him in Tora Bora. This is an unjustified and harsh criticism of our military commanders in the field. This is the worst kind of Monday-morning quarterbacking. And it is what we’ve come to expect from Senator Kerry.” Bush then quotes Tommy Franks, before continuing, “Before Senator Kerry got into political difficulty and revised his views, he saw Tora Bora differently. In the fall of 2001, on national TV, Senator Kerry said, ‘I think we have been doing this pretty effectively, and we should continue to do it that way.’ At the time, Senator Kerry said about Tora Bora, ‘I think we’ve been smart. I think administration leadership has done well, and we are on the right track.’ End quote. All I can say is that I am George W. Bush, and I approve of that message.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.