From a military outlook, the odds of apprehending Osama bin Laden looked good as soon as his complicity in the 9/11 attacks was established. This optimism began to fade after I watched the Bush Administration stumble over the months and years. After I watched the inept spectacle at Tora Bora, I was fairly certain that the Bush Administration would never come back with bin Laden's head in a sack. We've had some spectacularly incompetent generals and politicians over the last nine years.
The latest claim by Dick Cheney and Karl Rove is that bin Laden's demise in 2011 was brought about by the Bush Administration's waterboarding of suspects in 2002. I've given this some thought, but the time line doesn't check out. It's fairly easy to tell that neither Cheney nor Rove was ever in the military. Bin Laden must have enjoyed quite a vacation while he was being chased by the Bush Administration.
Neil Thex, Mesa