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Is bin Laden Still Alive and Does it Matter?

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Is bin Laden Still Alive and Does it Matter?

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, President-Elect Barack Obama lambasted the Bush Administration for its failure to capture Osama bin Laden. Since the election, his advisors indicate finding the Al Qaeda leader will remain a top priority.

Whether or not Obama makes good on his promises will affect the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and influence future relations with neighboring Pakistan and others forces in the region.

Robert Baer thinks U.S. officials have overstated bin Laden's importance. He's a former C.I.A. officer. His book, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism, about his experiences as a U.S. operative in the Middle East inspired the 2005 movie SYRIANA. Robert also penned the November 18, 2008 Time magazine article "When Will Obama Give Up the Bin Laden Ghost Hunt?"

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