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July 16th, 2008
04:56 PM ET

Would McCain or Obama more likely capture bin Laden?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain says he knows "how to win wars" and if elected, he will "get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice." Remind you of anybody? Bring 'em on. Dead or alive... you get the picture.

McCain's comments come as he and Barack Obama are focusing on the so-called "forgotten war" in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have staged a comeback. Nine U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday. And in the last two months, more American and allied troops have died there than in Iraq. McCain insists that the strategy of increasing troops in Iraq has worked, and the same thing should be done in Afghanistan.

He says the U.S. should send three more brigades there along with a presidential envoy. He says Obama's call for withdrawal from Iraq would mean defeat.

Obama is also speaking out on Afghanistan, saying that Iraq has been a distraction from the fight against terrorism. Obama insists as president he would quickly end the war in Iraq, which he says hasn't made the U.S. any safer and was never the central front in the war on terror to begin with. Obama has been saying for a year now that more troops should be shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan. As for John McCain, yesterday was the first time he suggested such a move.

Both men also talk about military assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan, nonmilitary aid to foster goodwill in the region and building alliances to fight terrorism.

Meanwhile, McCain – who touts his foreign policy credentials – has made the same blunder twice in two days: he has referred to events on the ground in "Czechoslovakia", a country that ceased to exist 15 years ago – in January 1993.

Here’s my question to you: Who would do a better job of capturing Osama bin Laden: Barack Obama or John McCain?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Peter from Connecticut writes:
It's highly unlikely that either candidate, when he's the president, will affect the capture of bin Laden. He's too convenient a bogeyman to be made to go away. A side comment: McCain said he "knows how to win wars". What war did he win that gives him the credentials to make that statement? The only war he participated in, we lost.

Terrence from Georgia writes:
I think it's obvious who would catch bin Laden: Barack Obama has been saying for months that we needed to increase troops in Afghanistan and that we should be putting more emphasis on targeting high ranking Al Qaeda and Taliban members in the tribal regions of Pakistan. This is how we will catch Bin Laden.

Jared from Korea writes:
Hands down, John McCain. As a former POW and member of the military as well as a member of the Senate for many years, he has the credentials, the initiative, and the fortitude to seek out, find, capture, and bring bin Laden to justice. Obama is just now trying to visit Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jack from Long Island, New York writes:
With Obama in charge, we may actually have allies who would help us find bin Laden… unless McCain's Czechoslovakians can do it alone.

Jerry from Boston writes:
I suspect Obama will "capture" bin Laden in the same way that Reagan secured the release of the Iranian hostages (i.e. he had nothing to do with it, but got the credit). He'll be turned over by the Pakistanis in time for the inauguration as a snub to Bush. If McCain wins, we'll never see bin Laden.

Jim writes:
Jack, The Grim Reaper will finally claim bin Laden before Obama or McCain’s forces get anywhere near him.

Tom from Cincinnati, Ohio writes:
Of course McCain could find bin Laden. He would just use his experience from the wars in Mesopotamia. Or was that Persia?

Rocky from Massachusetts writes:
Neither. Geraldo Rivera is the only choice for finding bin Laden.


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Peter Connecticut

    It's highly unlikely that either candidate, when he's the President, will affect the capture of bin laden. He's too convient a bogeyman to be made to go away.

    A side comment. McCain said he "Knows how to win wars". What war did he win that gives him the credentials to make that statement. The only war he participated in, we lost.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  2. James from Virginia

    neither one of them will catch him. he will die of old age or some sort of disease.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  3. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Neither. He won't be caught. McCain said he's capture bin Laden. So why hasn't he shared his grand plan all this time? What could his plan be? send all U.S. troops in and comb each mountain simultaneously? McCain is talking out his...hat. A catchy sound bite

    July 16, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  4. marti thompson

    McCain by far, this is a tougher job than community organizing !!!!

    July 16, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  5. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Neither man will do a better job of capturing bin Laden. If bin Laden ever gets captured it will be a lot of luck. It was mostly luck that led to the capture of Saddam. Accurate intelligence is of some benefit but more luck, right place...right time, is what will lead to his capture.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  6. Karen-Phoenix

    Obama!! Everything he has said for the last 2 years are coming true!!! Washington, even Bush is starting to listen to this man!! His talk with Fareed Zakaree on Sunday about foreign affairs was brilliant! His panel today at Purdue University in IN on nuclear, syber and bio teriorism was incrediable!!! If only most of the country would listen to some of these things. These are things that will make us a great country again and SAFE!!!!

    July 16, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Jim

    Neither. Osama with his beard dyed dressed in floor length garb left Afghanastan / Pakistan long ago He has probably joined Muslims who all look similar probably in Indonesia or East Africa enjoying the fruitless search carried on by the US Military. He makes one trip a year to Marbella Spain dresses in Western Clothing to spend some of his forture on gambling and the opposite sex. He is no dummy!

    July 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  8. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    Neither one could catch him. if Bin Laden was catchable, he would have been caught by now. However my money would be on Obama simply because he is considerably younger than John McCain and will undoubtedly live longer to be able to pursue him.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Dan, Maryland

    No one will catch him. Bin Laden and Al Queda believe in martyrdom and he will either take his own life or have someone do it for him before he is captured. That being said, who has a better chance to put him in that situation? Obama because he is committed to finishing the job in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region with more than 10,000 troops where Al Queda and Bin Laden are suspected to be operating from. McCain has been hesitant to suggest any increase in troops to Afghanistan because he knows with his open commitment to Iraq he won't be able to divert our resources where they're needed.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  10. andyzag

    Well Jack, Obama is younger , appears to be physically fit and can probably get up and down the mountains with out too much effort. And if I can get concurrence from the DNC that if elected Barack will go off into the Hindu Kush for four years, I'd probably vote for him.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  11. wes rogers newcastle delaware

    Lets see Jack, the bush administration and the republicans have been looking for him for 6 years now and have not found or killed him. With John Mcsame the answer is obvious that Barack Obama would do a better job.Taking a worn link out of a chain and replacing it with the same link will not make the chain stronger.I know you feel the same .I watch you every day and I almost always share your views. KEEP TELLING IT HOW IT REALLY IS JACK!!

    July 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  12. Georgia Independent Voter

    I think Senator Obama's Administration will capture Osama Bin Laden "Period".

    July 16, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  13. Warren - Detroit, MI

    Jack,

    Capturing anything is difficult; didn't you watch Rockie? Now Osama is no chicken, but he's quick. I just don't think McCain or Obama have the physical prowace to take down Osama. That's why I'm in support of sending the good 'ole chicken hawk, G Dubs, in there to take care of business. Instructions: Do not return until mission is accomplished... for real this time!

    -Warren – Detroit, MI

    July 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  14. David of Alexandria

    I can't see either one putting on war-fighter gear and humping into Pakistan to nab the perps. I think that ultimately, it's going to be the military with a couple more brigades to go around - or maybe one of Osama's trusted friends who could just use a little extra cash.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  15. John

    Jack: Senator Obama would be the better candidate to get Osama bien Laden, because he is viewed has weak on defense. Senator Obama would go flat out to get Bien Laden, where as McCain would not push to hard to get him. McCain believes his Bio speaks for itself. Obama will work harder to get Bien Laden.

    John
    Alabama

    July 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  16. Rod from Allentown PA

    Jack,
    Just take a look at the recent cover of The New Yorker. Your answer is there.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  17. Ray Kinserlow

    Jack, they'll be looking for Bin Laden when they find your fossilized bones in the deep strata.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    July 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  18. William Allen

    MCcain wouldnt even be in the race as his comments yesterday show that hes out of it...he sain he knew how to win wars..tell me,which war did he win, certainly not the Vietnam war. and he agreed to start the Iraq war, and look at the mess it is in !

    July 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  19. Chris, Southern California

    At this point I'd say an Obama administration would be more likely because McCain would likely try to use the same alliances in Pakistan and there is no way that government would allow incursion into their country. Obama seems more willing to send an attack into Pakistan, as unpopular as that would be with the Pakistanis.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  20. Emma, San Jose, CA

    The question defies prediction. And experience will not be the difference. Big factors will be the strategists that are selected and what strategies they employ. McCain does not seem to be a critical thinker to the degree Obama is.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  21. Ed Reed

    Sen. McCain took his eye off the ball when he co-sponsored the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq. In addition to weakening us militarily and economically, that decision helped Osama get away and proved that Sen Obama's judgement is better.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    July 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  22. Joe in DE

    neither is going to caputure him – the strtegy for Afaghanstan is preety similar.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  23. Sandra fromTexas

    McSame stands no chance and Obama a slim chance. Meanwhile, we will be waiting with baited breath for Osamas' next video tape. It should be released for our consumption around mid to late October.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  24. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    Obama will catch him since Obama is focusing on Afghanistan like we should have. McCain hasn't said a single word or revealed any plan to catch Bin Laden.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  25. Chester F.

    Neither has an advantage, but Obama seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to issues of war and terrorism. He's been right about everything months . . . even years . . . before others have come around and realized what's going on.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  26. Karen in Fairfax, CA

    I don't know, but after listening to Obama's visionary foreign policy speech yesterday, I'd rather have him be the one trying.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  27. Marva (Oklahoma)

    Obama is the man most likely to at least TRY to capture/kill bin Laden! McCain can promise "dead or alive" BUT McCain has made it clear that he will not step on Pakistan's sovereignty. As for Pakistan ... it musn't be permitted to harbor terrorists and the U.S. musn't permit al Qaida to get its deadly hands on nuclear weapons! If Pakistan wishes to harbor terrorists, why should Pakistan be treated differently than Iran!?

    July 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  28. John, Fort Collins, CO

    A few minutes after the U.S. Air Force obtains the precise coordinates for bin Laden's location his remains will be at the bottom of a deep crater. He will probably never be "captured" as such. I can't imagine the next president, whoever it is, wanting an alive bin Laden martyr on their hands. In his case the wanted poster should be changed to read: "Wanted, Dead or Dead".

    July 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  29. Tony,.......Lou, Ky.

    It would be a major miracle if either of these two bozos catch Bin Laden!

    Tony...................Ky.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  30. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Obama would be better at capturing Osama because he's smart and would check with those who have good knowledge of his whereabouts and would have a good plan before he went in. Bomb, bomb, bomb Iraq McCain would be too busy fighting wars to find Osama.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  31. Phil-Apple Capital of the World

    Do you really think capturing bin Laden will end terrorism? Too many lives have been lost in our attempt to "capture" this lunatic. It's time to focus on the home front.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  32. Chryssa

    Considering McCain thinks Osama bin Laden is from Iraq, I'd say Obama has a much greater chance of catching him.

    Boise, ID

    July 16, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  33. Snapper • New Castle, IN

    Call me crazy, but when has Obama mentioned capturing bin Ladin? Know one will catch him he's too much of a coward. Besides when are people gonna wake up and realize that not unlike Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Ladin shouldn't be our main focus and that protecting this country and our interests abroad from terrorist attack should be?

    July 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  34. Steve from Phoenixville, PA

    Obama not only has the advantage on catching Bin Laden, but he also has the advantage on the entire foregin policy front. All John McCain cares about is staying in Iraq for 100 years and going to war with Iran...two things that shouldn't even be considered at this point in time. I feel that Obama will not only catch Bin Laden, but will also make sure he quickly gives him his due for his part in 9/11

    July 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  35. Carl d. in Illinois

    Jack,
    Neither Obama or McCain will catch Bin Laden. The way i feel about most of our government is shameful. With Bush and Cheney, and this garbage of a congress we have, i truly fell like we are being run like a 3rd. world government. Obama or McCain, either one doesn't have the brains to lead us out of this mess that Dumb and Dumber, or Bush and Cheney sold us into. In my opion, these two idiots are also criminals.
    Carl in Illinois

    July 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  36. Griff

    John McCain... But the thing is who would be the most lenient with Osama..... Borack Obama. Who else..

    July 16, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  37. Steve

    It depends on which one really wants him, President Bush pulled our troops away from Bora Bora because he had no intention of killing the son of one of his best friends. Bush, also always has to have an official villain in order to keep his war on terror going. John McCain sounds more like he's part of Bush's war machine but who's to say how deep in the ranks is.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  38. Bruce St Paul MN

    I honestly, truly, seincerely do not see how Senator McCain could do a better job at anything. His lack of understanding regarding the economy, healthcare, the war in Iraq, world geography, Muslim sects, and even viagra, is just plain scary. I am not suggesting that he is too old to be president. I just don't think he's up to snuff.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  39. jean in indiana

    Obama of course. He as been dead right from the start.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  40. Ray, Florida

    Sure Jack,

    Either McCain or Obama wil take him out within the first year!
    The only reason Bush didn't press that hard to kill or capture Bin Laden, is that he needed a boogieman!
    You can't justify fighting two wars, stomping on civil right's, setting up the oil companies for mega profit's,and huge american contract's in Iraq going to his buddy's, without an enemy!
    Whithout the war on terror, Bush would have been just another failed president with a few lines in the history book's. Now he may get a few chapter's written in blood.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  41. Stephen Rapp

    Some of the greatest Countries with what we thought had the greatest technological advances in the world are searching for this man and have found nothing. It is sad and ridiculous that some of the greatest Countries in THE WORLD are after ONE MAN who walks with a cain and who is most likely wearing a foil helmet and they can't even catch the guy. That's how you know you're pathetic. Don't forget your helmet Jack.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  42. Carol McKinney, Texas

    With this question you are assuming Osama is still alive in the first place. How do you even know Osama is still alive? There may very well be nothing to catch at all. Either way Obama is just one of many. When and if he goes someone else will pick up his cause. Always has been that way always will be that way. Osama is out to destroy the entire Western world. His followers are many and growing. Don't try and kid yourself that all is well when Osama is dead. That is a fools errand.

    Sound a little bit scary? Sometimes the truth is scary......

    July 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  43. Karl in CA

    Obama has the advantage here. He knows Bin Laden is in Pakistan or Afghanistan and will seek him out and capture or kill him. McCain, on the other hand, will be looking for him in Czechoslovakia.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  44. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Withdrawing our troops from Iraq would indeed mean we lost. So what? It isn't as if we've never lost a war before, and it isn't as if we cannot learn more from defeat than we could from victory.

    Also; we should leave a few troops in Afghanistan, but give up the search on Bin Laden. He's not in Afghanistan anymore, and plus, he's nearly deathly ill, he'll die within a year or two anyways (assuming he hasn't died already, in some Pakistani cave).

    July 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  45. JD in NC

    I'd have to say Obama. McCain views a free Bin Laden as a bonus during elections.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  46. Mike from NYC

    Neither, he'll be caught on the eve of the election. It's all politics

    July 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  47. Bruce, Riverside, CA

    Obama, he will focus on Binladen and stablish his credibility. GW focused on Sadam because he tried to kill his father (a personal war, not strategic). Obama is more competent, I think he will get other nations to assist because of the change in leadership and a new climate between Washington and the rest of the world.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  48. A Kraft Naples, FL

    Obama....he can run much faster than McCain

    July 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  49. Montana is Obama Country

    Jack,
    Barack has always said the fight needs to be in Afghanisatn.. To
    Barack it was never the "forgotten war"..

    If John McCain knows where Bin Laden is then hs should go get him. That would garauntee the election for him.. But heck pander is pander when that is all you've got..

    Maybe Bin Laden has John McCains Flag Pin because John has seem to forgotten to wear that as well.. !

    Straigth-Talk-Express is the "Double-Standard shortbus.."

    July 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  50. John in San Diego

    At 71 years old, I don't think McCain is up to chasing around the rugged mountains of the Afghan-Pakistani border.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  51. Marie Ontario

    Well Bush & McCain have been looking for him in Iraq for the past 7 years with nothing to show for it other than massive amounts of death and destruction.

    Everyone else in the world figures Osama is in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan so just maybe Bush & McCain aren't smarter than everyone else in the world.

    Fact is neither Bush or McCain wants to capture or kill Bin Laden and Iraq is the proof so Obama is the only logical person to actually try and accomplish this feat but even then it likely borders on the impossible.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  52. circy in New Mexico

    Neither one. It doesn't matter how many troops you put in Afghanistan or even if you conduct illegal raids into Pakistan. These are Muslim countries and very few Americans speak their language. Bin Laden can elude us as long as he wants to and our chances of finding him are about as good as winning the lottery. Which brings up the question. Why are we in Afghanistan? It seem like a fool's errand to me. Do we actually think we are going to eliminate all terrorists when our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is creating more each day! Our so-called foreign policy is about as bright as a puzzled donkey.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  53. Warren - Detroit, MI

    To clarify, McCain said he knew how to win wars; granted the military experiences he's had as a troop and as a public servant were not wars. Yes, in a broad perspective America did not win either of these military engagements, but they weren't wars. I guess my point is, does McCain want Congress to declare war on Iraq? Osama Bin Laden?

    I'm confused... is it really important that we catch the devil we know, isn't it better that we know how Bin Laden will react rather than some [more] radical #2 behind him? Personally, he seems to be a non-issue now; not to mention we still don't know if he's still alive. He could just be a sound bite or video recording being manipulated on someone's PC... you never really know for sure...

    July 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  54. Paulina, Deventer, NL

    You forgot the "none of the above" option.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  55. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, The Republicans had their shot at Bin Laden and it was deflected to Saddem Hussein. McCain talks a good talk but he didn"t even graduate in the top forty-nine percent of his class at Annapolis, so how can he say he knows how to win wars? Maybe he flunked that class or slept through it. Let's give Obama a chance to show us what an intelligent president could do.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  56. Monica in Phoenix

    My friends, McCain will be looking all over Czechoslovachia...

    July 16, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  57. Jim

    Jack: I can’t believe that anyone thinks that Bin Laden is still hiding in caves in Afghanistan or Pakistan after all these years. He is living in style in Saudi Arabia or Syria or the like and is helping to direct his term goal of bankrupting us. We most likely will never get him.

    Jim
    Hoffman Estates, IL

    July 16, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  58. David Richards

    John McCain has been saying for more than a year now that he would follow Osama bin Laden to the Gates of Hell. But apparently he won't follow him into Pakistan. I trust Obama on this one.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  59. Teri in FL

    Neither. After all these years isn't it apparent they're looking in the wrong place? My guess is that he's "hiding" in one of those big old palaces in Saudi Arabia....and you know, we'd never look there.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  60. Dan from Kitchener

    Remember a guy they called Bondar Bush? He was a Saudi and top playmate for G.W. but seemed to vanish after 9/11 along with Osama Bin Laden and the rest of the Saudi elite.

    Well Iraq took everyone's mind off these issues and it's obvious the Bush cronies, (McCain included) have no intentions of looking any where else lest they should happen to find him. What would the rest of the Saudis and Bin Ladens think of that.

    Obviously Obama would at least be looking and if you don't look you don't have much of a chance.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  61. Rodney from Charlotte, NC

    Jack,

    So now your saying that the president will get the credit for capturing this guy if it happens? What about the troops out there putting there lives on the line, shouldn't they get some of the credit?

    July 16, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  62. Mike from Baltimore, MD

    Jack,

    It would have to be Obama. He knows that Bin Laden is along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. McCain seems to think that the only war going on is taking place in Iraq and that Bin Laden is hiding out in Kirkuk or Baghadad.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  63. Kirk Neuman (Apple Valley, MN)

    It's far too late to think about "capturing" bin Laden. If Bush had concentrated on that instead of his disastorous invasion of Iraq and it's aftermath, bin Laden would now be a foot note in history.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  64. Terry in Hanover County

    Neither. The Grim Reaper will collect his soul long before anyone finds him.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  65. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Because I believe that the Bush Administration was never serious about capturing Osama bin Laden (911 was used as an excuse to go after Saddam.....not the actual perpetrator bin Laden)...

    and I believe the Barack Obama is very intent of capturing/killing him (and therefore will make it a priority). I think that it will be Obama.

    McCain is McSame....McBush.....McWar. His focus will be "winning" in Iraq (regardless of how many Troops we lose or how much money we spend).

    July 16, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  66. Ed North Carolina

    We missed our chance when Bush started the war in Iraq and changed the focus from retaliating against those who attacked us to bringing democracy to the Middle East. Our only real hope is that he just happens to be in the wrong place at the right time. It will be dumb luck if we do.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  67. Tearched Scott Chicago, IL

    Jack,

    I believe that Barack Obama would be morely to catch him. McSame will do everything to dance around getting to him. Obama will go in and do what needs to be done to find him. As a former POW I believe that McCain has alot of hostility for alot of people which makes sense, but he can't just try to take out everyone.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  68. mitchell ,arkansaw

    barack.he's in much better shape for mountain climbing ,and cave spelunking ,in pakistan,than john is .mccain's lack of geographical and cultural knowledge,as well as current events,may make it difficult for him to know which continent to begin his search.he probably thinks pakistan is just west of norway.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  69. joseph watson

    Jack ,

    You will catch Bin Laden before two politicians do and I will bet the
    ranch on that.

    Joe
    Tucson, Az

    July 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  70. Fluffy in Lovelock, NV

    Dear Jack,

    Forget it. Neither McCain nor Obama can catch Bin Laden…he’s as elusive as Big Foot and twice as smart. But suppose by some stroke of luck they were able to capture him, then what? Every prominent defense attorney in this great land of ours would be lining up for miles to take Osama’s case. They would argue that you could never find an unbiased jury, and that.the allegations against him are tenuous at best. There’s no DNA, no finger prints, and who in the world would testify against him. He would simply walk and countersue the U.S. government for libel and slander. And he would win, of course. Ah yes, what a great country we live in.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  71. David, Orlando, FL

    Osama bin Laden is probably dead. And if he’s still alive I don’t think it matters. I would be far more interested in recapturing the White House. It’s been in enemy hands for too long.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  72. JW Georgia

    Niether one. Guys who make a whole lot less money, guys who live a whole lot less comfortably, guys who enjoy a whole lot less federal protection, guys who have little or no say in the way politics are conducted but have to clean up the messes war-prone egomaniacs tend to make will capture or kill Bin Laden, if he gets capture at all.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  73. Ron from Colorado

    In other words, who would be more inclined to invade Saudi Arabia? That is where bin Laden really is.

    Getting bin Laden would not solve the problems. There are many others like him. He is just the figurehead presented to the U.S. to keep us distracted.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  74. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    I'm not sure capturing Osama bin Laden is what's most important about the war in Afghanistan. The reason that the Taliban even exist is because refugees from the Soviet/Afghan war in the 'tribal areas' of Pakistan were educated in madrassas stocked with Wahabi (Saudi) teaching material.

    Provide security for the towns who keep getting overran by Taliban and then reconquered by NATO. Abandoning towns to the Taliban and then coming back with force later creates a general mood of distrust and disillusionment.

    Funnel in money for the building of new schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan with more traditional NON-Wahabi religious materials and our problems in the area will gradually subside. Of course these schools cannot be seen as agents of America, but it shouldn't be too hard to dictate curriculum in a roundabout sort of way.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  75. Herb -Texas

    It would be Obama that would be more apt to capture him.

    McCain would seach the mountains, cities and countryside all over the world.

    Obama would just invite him to dinner.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  76. Jan from Boca Raton, Fl

    Hands Down McCain....

    July 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  77. Colleen, Weddington, North Carolina

    Obama-Hands down. I don't think John Mc Cain has proven himself very good at this war stuff. Does being a POW make you good at catching public enemy #1? I just don't see the logic.....

    July 16, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  78. Rocky from Chicopee, Ma

    Neither. Geraldo Rivera is the only choice for finding binLaden.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  79. Quincy. Chesapeake, VA

    Neither, Bin Laden has out 4 presidents and he wont be takin alive...

    July 16, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  80. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I don’t care, he’s as irrelevant as Bush and Jessie Jackson. Al Queda has been fractured into hundreds of pieces and with or without OBL they will continue to destroy our economy unless we get a president who understands that we need to worry about our own country and our economy and stop depending on the people who hate us. Even Afghanistan has been so mishandled by shifting focus that it will turn into another Iraq.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  81. Mitchell in NJ

    I have no doubt Bush has had an eyeball on BinLaden's location for years and I'll bet a year's salary that we'll see John McBush standing outside BinLaden's cell between now and the November elections.

    October surprise? Shame of the century.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  82. The Opinionator

    Hmmm.
    Well, let's see jack...
    One candidate wants to send troops to the country where Bin Laden is reportedly hiding, the other wanted to stay in iraq for 1,000,000 years or whatever. Even george w. bush could figure out this no-brainer. Um, wait...nevermind.

    We should be more concerned with why mccain is all of a sudden jumping on the afghan bandwagon and off the crooked-talk express.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  83. Kenny in NC

    Jack, I think that by the time McCain gets out of Iraq in 100 years, Osama bin Laden will be dead of old age. If that happens then McCain would be the one to catch bin Laden in the "After Life".

    July 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  84. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    McCain is an idiot! He couldn't find his way out of a paper bag. He does sound like [my way or the highway]Bush doesn't he. Capturing and prosecuting Bin Laden will be difficult, no matter who is in charge. Why does everything in this race have to be "I'm better than you are"? I will be so glad when this election is over!

    July 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  85. Jackson from Rome, GA

    I'm going with Barack Obama on this one, seeing how he's the only one who says we need to put more pressure on Pakistan. You know, Pakistan, the country that we're bretty sure Bin Laden is in?

    July 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  86. Laurent Duchesne, Rockville, MD

    As you probably know, the CIA, Bush Sr., al-Qaeda and the Taliban have worked together in the past, so, who knows who's playing who, all I know is that thanks to Osama bin Laden, Bush and Norquist were able to carry out their agenda almost to completion. What agenda? Bankrupting America by giving tax giveaways in times of war while emptying our coffers at the same time Big Oil and the military industrial complex (Bush's cohorts) rake in record profits. Brilliant but a crime against Humanity.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  87. Fluffy in Lovelock, NV

    Dear Jack,

    Forget it. Neither McCain nor Obama can catch Bin Laden…he’s as elusive as Big Foot and twice as smart. But suppose by some stroke of luck they were able to capture him, then what? Every prominent defense attorney in this great land of ours would be lining up for miles to take Osama’s case. They would argue that you could never find an unbiased jury, and that.the allegations against him are tenuous at best. There’s no DNA, no finger prints, and who in the world would testify against him. He would simply walk and countersue the U.S. government for libel and slander. And he would win, of course. Ah yes, what a wonderful country we live in.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  88. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    McCain has the experience to do it, but Obama is smarter, so it must be Obama who can capture him. Bin Laden has outsmarted everyone so far, but then again they are republicans!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  89. marvinj

    Obama of course, war is good for business GOP 101. Osama is one of those people you put to sleep without alot of fan fair. Once the U.S. has it's world wide cred's back and Bush nor McCain are in office to do favors for Bush's Saudi brothers. Someone will give Bin Laden up. Bush's ties to the Saudis are to close people in the middle east would be stupid to snitch / give him up when the U.S. can not protect them from massive retaliations...

    Obama / Powell 08

    July 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  90. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Jack,

    This is a no brainer! If John McCain has admitted to not knowing how to use a computer – you know he can't work a GPS!

    July 16, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  91. Opal

    I believe Obama would get the job done, since I don't believe a Republican wants to capture Bin Laden, it to their advantage to keep him alive, that can make more money and give our money away.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  92. Will from San Jose, CA

    The reality is that capturing bin Laden is a lot like controlling the economy. Presidents can't directly do much about either situation, regardless of what they claim.

    The only thing they can do is shift the allocation of resources and hope for the best. Less resources in Iraq means more potential resources dedicated to Al Qaeda and Bin Laden.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  93. lampe

    Obama will find him,maybe in one of the 57 states he campaigned in. Or maybe him might know a little about combat from the little green soilders he played with as a boy. Give me a break how can you trust you safety and that of your loved ones, to a 2year senator. Maybe he could invite him over for some tea. McCain, for peace of mind and our safet. McCain\ Clinton 08

    July 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  94. Denise from Brooklyn, New York, USA

    Neither, but McCain will complete the bankruption of America trying to and Barack will just talk us all to death about it.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  95. Rusty

    I say it would be any women. Tell them that Bin Laden has their money they are owed for child support & I bet you 10 bucks they would find Bin Laden in a half day. Women can find money any where

    July 16, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  96. Larry Smooth

    who gets Osama is not important,what is ,is that he is captured and brought to justice.But my fear is that he will probably be dead before we get to him.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  97. John in NC

    McCain doesn't know that Czechoslovakia no longer exists. How could he accomplish anything. He should loose the election in all fifty seven states.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  98. Cathy in MD

    OBAMA!!! ... '08 and beyond!

    July 16, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  99. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Since neither man is on the ground and doing any personal fighting themselves, than I would have to say that neither one of them will capture Bin Laden. Politicians have an extremely ugly habit of taking credit for things that they don't really do, then shafting the poor foot soldier who takes all the risk and suffers for his country. Besides, Bin Laden is probably walking down the street in Hollywood right this moment with a new face and a cheap fake ID card purchased in Mexico.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  100. Brad

    Jack,

    If elected, Obama will begin looking for Osama in mystery states 51 – 57.

    Brad
    Tampa

    July 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  101. Amarissa

    I don't know if McCain will or will not. What I do know is Obama won't !He will be too busy invading Pakistan, talking to the troops for hours about "change and hope" while Bin Laden is slipping away to Irak where he will find no resistance since Obama took all the troups out !

    July 16, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  102. Nancy, Tennessee

    Barack Obama will probably have the best chance of capturing Osama bin Ladin if he were President. At least he may be looking in the right country for him. Or then again as elusive as Osama bin Laden has been maybe he is hiding in Czechoslovakia and McCain will get him.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  103. Lynn

    Jack – John McCain of course. Obama only experience I can figure out is being a community organizer. He started running for President as soon as his foot touch the Capital grounds or before. I was a community organizer in my younger days. Do I think that is enough to be President? No way.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  104. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Obama would concentrate on capturing bin Laden while McCain would continue Bush's policy of "spreading democracy." 'Nuff said.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  105. Pietro from NYC

    Neither one could catch Bin Laden since he is most likely back home in Saudi Arabia, hooked up to a primo dialysis machine, being catered to by the bin Laden family members who were escorted out of the United States by the Bush Administration just days after 9/11 when EVERY OTHER PLANE in the United States air space were grounded! You can't catch him if you have no intention of finding him!

    July 16, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  106. Joyce H from Akron OH

    Maybe McCain, if he only had a brain. But he doesnt. So its Obama. Obama is a thinker and a visionary. He's already been saying we need to redirect our war efforts to where they should have been all along ...Afghanistan. I haven't heard McCain or even Bush emphasize Afghanistan. But they will.

    July 16, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  107. An American Whiner

    Obama.

    It takes JUDGEMENT and INTELLEGENCE to lead not Military prowess.

    July 16, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  108. Julius

    Its will be much easer for the head of cow to pass through the hole of a nidle than to catch Bi laden.

    Julius
    Plano Tx

    July 16, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  109. peter benton

    Jack,
    There would really be nothing accomplished in the war or terror or any other war by capturing Bin Laden . A lot of spent effort for no return. Our time could be better spent getting the goods on Bush , Cheney and company

    July 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  110. lina

    I think Obama has a better chance only because he has been saying we should concentrate on the war in Afghanistan for quite some. The Republicans kept us from fighting the real war on terror by going to Iraq, Mcsame finally realized yesterday we should send more troops to Afghanistan. We need to get out of Iraq and fight the war on terror in Afghanistan. What war did McCain win? I've always thought he is delusional and he proved it with that comment. Thanks, Jack I always agree with you and your opinion.

    July 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  111. eddy, dallas ,tx

    Both have no experience whatsoever about being comander in chief let alone comander. But whoever sounds sensible among them would do good. I think Obama.

    July 16, 2008 at 5:30 pm |