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Where’s Osama?

Rich: I agree with you entirely on Kerry and Iraq. There’s something else Kerry should do: ask why the Bush administration hasn’t found Osama bin Laden after three years of searching. We all know the reason: It’s tough to find a guy living in a cave along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan (assuming that’s even where he is). But the fact remains that if we’re going to judge success in the war on terrorism and hold our political leaders accountable, we’re going to have to lay down a few markers for judging their performance, such as whether there have been any major terrorists attacks on U.S. soil. Another marker is the death or capture of bin Laden. Kerry could make the point that Bush inappropriately diverted resources away from a top goal in the war on terror — and that as a result, the world’s most notorious mass murderer remains at large. It would require Kerry to gamble that bin Laden in fact won’t turn up between now and November 2 — but if he does, Kerry’s a goner anyway. So why doesn’t he condemn Bush for fighting a war on terror that has failed to take down our planet’s #1 terrorist?

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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