The Bush administration's strategy for pursuing al-Qaida in Pakistan's tribal region could stoke support for the Islamic militants who are protecting the terrorist network's leaders....The White House is also threatening U.S. strikes in the region, where bin Laden and his closest followers are believed to have fled after the administration decided against sending U.S. forces to block their escape from Afghanistan in December 2001.Not only have they f*cked up the entire planning and executing of a lied-into war, but they also managed to f*ck up the pursuit of the main figure behind 9/11, allowing him to slip out of Afghanistan and into the warm embrace of Pakistan, thus dodging the best chance they had of getting him. Now Osama is protected by militants who have deep ties with many of the Pakistani forces, so any U.S. moves against bin Laden could significantly weaken and jeopardize Musharraf's hold of the country. If unrest were to hit Pakistan, it will be come the next Iraq in terms of a new breeding ground and haven for al-Qaeda recruiting efforts.
Some U.S. military and diplomatic officials and many independent experts, however, warn that military intervention could fuel greater instability, anti-U.S. hatred and opposition to the Pakistani regime of Gen. Pervez Musharraf....Thomas Fingar, the chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which includes the top U.S. intelligence analysts, told a House of Representatives panel on July 11 that there is "some risk" that U.S. military intervention in the tribal areas could spread anti-Musharraf unrest to other parts of Pakistan.
All because of bone-headed incompetence from the start, thanks to the gang of neocon morons in charge at the time.