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FITSNews – June 30, 2008 – So let’s get this straight … we started a war to get back at the 9/11 terrorists – a war that just got re-upped today to the tune of $162 billion – and yet the White House won’t approve a special forces operation aimed at ousting the No. 1 terrorist of them all?

According to this morning’s New York Times , yes:

The new plan, outlined in a highly classified Pentagon order, was intended to eliminate some of those battles. And it was meant to pave a smoother path into the tribal areas for American commandos, who for years have bristled at what they see as Washington’s risk-averse attitude toward Special Operations missions inside Pakistan. They also argue that catching Mr. bin Laden will come only by capturing some of his senior lieutenants alive.

But more than six months later, the Special Operations forces are still waiting for the green light. The plan has been held up in Washington by the very disagreements it was meant to eliminate. A senior Defense Department official said there was “mounting frustration” in the Pentagon at the continued delay.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush committed the nation to a “war on terrorism” and made the destruction of Mr. bin Laden’s network the top priority of his presidency. But it is increasingly clear that the Bush administration will leave office with Al Qaeda having successfully relocated its base from Afghanistan to Pakistan’s tribal areas, where it has rebuilt much of its ability to attack from the region and broadcast its messages to militants across the world.

So basically, America’s “War on Terror” has been about as effective as anything else the Bush administration has done. Which is to say “not very.”

And while we have no idea how much these Special Forces missions cost (Sic Willie is sworn to secrecy), we can confirm that their price tag is significantly south of $162 billion …