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Thursday, October 21, 2004
John Kerry has made a big fuss about America's alleged reliance on Afghan war lords to root out al-Qaeda forces in the mountains of Tora Bora.

This particular allegation has become the bedrock for one of the Kerry campaign's most oft-repeated and fallacious catch-phrases: that the Bush Administration "outsourced" the job of capturing bin Laden to incompetent Afghans.

Not only has Tommy Franks, the general in charge of the Afghan campaign, called Kerry's allegation "false"; but, on top of that, Kerry himself praised the tactics of the Bush Administration. Money quote:

"But for the moment, what we are doing, I think, is having its impact and it is the best way to protect our troops and sort of minimalize the proximity, if you will. I think we have been doing this pretty effectively and we should continue to do it that way."