Think Progress: [J]ust six months after 9/11, Bush suggested in a press conference that Bin Laden was not a top priority for his administration. Asked whether Bush thought capturing Bin Laden was important, Bush scolded those who cared about Bin Laden for not “understand[ing] the scope of the mission” because Bin Laden was just “one person,” whom Bush said, “I really just don’t spend that much time on“:
Who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not. We haven’t heard from him in a long time. The idea of focusing on one person really indicates to me people don’t understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. He’s just a person who’s been marginalized. … I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.
Soon after the 9-11 attacks, Bush said “I want justice. There’s an old poster out west, as I recall, that said ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.’” This video also shows a clip in 2009, when Larry King asked Bush if we ever came close to bin Laden. Bush says, “I don’t know. I’m not trying to hide anything.” Watch:
Yet, somehow, the RWNJs really want to give Bush credit for bin Laden’s killing…
Related: “We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.” — Barack Obama, 2008 debate