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Bush Says Ciao to Europe, Get Bin Laden to Special Forces

George W. Bush ordered special forces to capture Osama bin Laden before his presidency is up, and seven and a half years after September 11. Bush arrived in London yesterday, and renewed the urgency to capture bin Laden, according to British and American intelligence sources. Bush has enlisted British special forces to help Americans complete the job. The US led operation will now cross the Afghan border, into Pakistan, with the approval of the Pakistani government.

President Bush has been making a farewell shuffle through Europe, reconnecting with American allies like Germany, Italy, France, and Britain. Check out the pictures!

If America succeeds in capturing Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, will Bush have better secured his nation, as well as a more positive legacy? Or is it too little too late, if al Qaeda does not rely much on its figurative leader?

Bush delivers speech at Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk around the gardens at the guest house of the Federal Republic.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi stands with Bush as he arrives at Villa Madama, June 12, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI holds a picture while meeting with Bush and first lady Laura Bush June 13, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI sits with Bush and his delegation in the Vatican June 13, 2008.

Bush predicted that his successor in January will inherit 'the broadest and most vibrant' transatlantic ties ever.

Bush attends a joint press conference with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris.

Bush pauses at a memorial to the French Resistance after laying a wreath. Vive la resistance!

Bush lands at Heathrow after stops in Slovenia, Germany, Italy, the Vatican and France.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh give a tour of St George's Hall at Windsor Castle.


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stephley stephley 9 years
Stupid us for giving him a round trip ticket!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
:eyeroll: So nice the citizens of America give the Bush's a free trip to Europe before he goes!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Stop splitting hairs! The man is at least doing something! Okay, he is actually by definition not doing something, but at least it's symbolic.
stephley stephley 9 years
Not give it up, give it up, but definitely swing fewer neck shots.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I hear Bush is going to give up polo until bin-Laden is found.
syako syako 9 years
I don't know. I mean we've taken other operatives down and haven't yet faced repercussions for it. I think, if anything, it might show those who are "too good" to be martyrs, that their scheming will bite them in the @ss if they mess with us again.
janneth janneth 9 years
But Sy, seriously, could this be the worse thing we ever did? Would it be bringing alot of terror into our midst?
syako syako 9 years
well janneth, first Cine will throw stones at him... then the trial :P
janneth janneth 9 years
Ok, let's say we get Bin Laden. Then what? Bring him to US, put him in jail, on trial, in prison forever or death penalty. Won't the terrorists strike in retaliation? Won't this motivate them? Won't it make the world of Islam hate us even more--if that's possible...
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
:ROTFL: janneth im sorry im doubting this whole "special forces" thing. seven and a half years is a long time to evade arrest especially when half the world is looking for you and you keep finding places to make videos. he has not exactly been discreet, im no conspriacy theorist but something seems kinda shady.
janneth janneth 9 years
hypno, you know that cave has plush persian rugs and cable tv with HBO. His favorite show? Big Love.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I wish them luck, hope they nab the B*stard.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
The problem with Bin Laden is that spending the rest of his life in a cave as long as it serves his purpose is of no concern to him. Actually apprehending him is going to be literally I think the hardest special operation mission in military history.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
That was exactly what I was thinking, stephley! (just not so eloquently!) ;-)
stephley stephley 9 years
It's good W has his priorities straight - capturing Bin Laden could wait until he needed a little polish on his legacy. Of course now, Bin Laden probably is so irrelevant that someone will hand him over, so they can take over.
syako syako 9 years
when it comes to al-qaeda, the more taken down the merrier.
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