Joe Biden recently, in one of his rare pithy quotes, stated that everytime Bush has had to choose between two or more options in regard to Iraq or terrorism the last five years, he has chosen the wrong course. From Tora Bora to the invasion of Iraq and continuing.
And no where can this be more demonstrated than his reaction to Pakistan's accord with tribal leaders in Pakistan last year.
September 22, 2006:
The U.S. administration has urged Musharraf's government to do more to prevent cross-border Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, but Bush said today that he believes Musharraf when he says the treaty is meant to limit militant activity along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Both Bush and Musharraf said their two governments cooperate fully in the war against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and in the hunt for Al-Qaeda's elusive founder, Osama bin Laden.
"We're on the hunt together," Bush said. "It's in [Musharraf's] interest that Al-Qaeda be brought to justice. And it's in our interests. And we collaborate and we strategize and we talk a lot about how best to do this.
Yeah, that "strategizin'" worked out as you would expect it to have in Bush World:
Al Qaeda has strongholds throughout Pakistan, not just in the areas bordering Afghanistan that were emphasized in a terrorism assessment this week, according to U.S. intelligence officials and counter-terrorism experts who say Osama bin Laden's network is more deeply entrenched than described.
The National Intelligence Estimate on the Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland, which reflects the consensus of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, described Al Qaeda as having "regenerated key elements" and freely operating from bases in northwestern Pakistan. But several officials and outside experts interviewed since the document's release this week say the situation is more problematic...
Of course, that treaty is not the sum total of why Al Qaeda is resurgent, the fact is Pakistan has little control in those areas. But it was Bush that proclaimed it part of their strategizin'.