Did the US really let bin Laden get away?

In the week leading up to the US presidential election, the Bush campaign still finds itself answering renewed challenges on its handling of the war on terror.
US Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday called Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry an “armchair general” for his recent criticisms relating to the loss of 380 tons of explosives in Iraq.
As part of his argument that President George W. Bush has “failed miserably” to make America “safer at home and more respected in the world,” Mr. Kerry has repeatedly asserted that Mr. Bush “took his eye off the ball of Osama bin Laden” in Afghanistan to attack Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.
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