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    Default Bush vows to capture Osama bin Laden

    Will he be doing this single-handedly, using his vast experience garnered during his stint in the National Guard? Five years and counting, incurious George....

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Bush, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, vowed Wednesday to stand by this emerging democracy despite a resurgence of violence, saying "the United States is not cut and run."

    President George W. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai review the honor guard in Kabul.
    Charles Dharapak, AP

    He also pledged that Osama bin Laden and other planners of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks would be caught despite a mostly futile five-year hunt.

    "It's not a matter of if they're captured and brought to justice, it's when they're brought to justice," Bush said, standing side by side in the Afghan capital with President Hamid Karzai.

    Bin Laden is believed to be hiding out somewhere along the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

    Bush spent just over four hours on the ground during his surprise visit to Afghanistan at the onset of a South Asia trip that was also taking him to India and Pakistan.

    Bush held a working lunch with Karzai and other Afghan leaders, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the U.S. embassy in Kabul and spoke to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base.

    At a news conference with Karzai outside the presidential palace, Bush said that the United States and India — his next stop — still have not reached a deal over U.S. help for India's ci+vilian nuclear program.

    "This is a difficult issue," he said. The United States is seeking assurances that India won't use the technology and material to advance its nuclear weapons program. He said negotiations were continuing, even as he headed to India.

    "People all over the world are watching the experience here in Afghanistan," Bush said, praising Karzai's leadership. Karzai and his U.S.-supported government took power after U.S.-led forces overthrew the Taliban regime

    But Taliban insurgents and al-Qaeda militants have been increasing attacks within Afghanistan in recent months.

    "It's a thrill to come to a country which is dedicating itself to the dignity of every person who lives here," said Bush. It was his first visit.

    For his part, Karzai greeted Bush as "our great friend, our great supporter, a man who helped us liberate."

    Asked about the search for bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States, and of the president's call for getting him "dead or alive," Bush said the search for bin Laden and his associates continues.

    "I am confident he will be brought to justice," Bush said. "We've got U.S. forces on the hunt for not only bin Laden but anybody who plots and plans with bin Laden. There are Afghan forces on the hunt. ... We've got Pakistan forces on the hunt."

    Bush's entourage flew into the city from Bagram Air Base in a flotilla of heavily armed helicopters. Two door gunners on a press helicopter fired off a short burst of machine gun fire at unknown targets as the aircraft flew low and fast over barren countryside.

    The helicopters flew very low over dusty, rugged countryside.

    Before leaving Afghanistan, Bush gave a pep talk to U.S. troops at the air base where he landed and departed.

    Speaking to about 500 soldiers in a huge recreational tent, Bush expressed resolve at the U.S. mission here.

    "I assure you this government of yours will not blink, we will not yield. ...The United States is not cut and run," Bush said to enthusiastic cheers and applause.

    There are about 19,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said the number will be reduced to about 16,000 by summer.

    At the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new U.S. embassy in Kabul, Bush told embassy workers they were "on the front line of freedom's march."

    Suspicions that al-Qaeda and Taliban militants may be using Pakistan as base for launching terror strikes in Afghanistan has become a source of tension in relations with Afghanistan. More than two dozen suicide attacks in recent months have fueled Afghan suspicions.

    Bush said that, when he is in Pakistan later this week, he will raise the issue of cross-border infiltrations with Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

    Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships struck a militant training camp earlier Wednesday in a tribal region on Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing or wounding at least 25 militants, an official said.

    Of hopes to be able to announce a nuclear agreement with India, Bush said that the issue was a difficult one for both the U.S. and Indian governments.

    Bush has promised to sell India nuclear technology and materials to help it with its civilian nuclear energy program, but the deal is hung up on reaching accord on how to ensure that the assistance isn't diverted into weapons programs.

    "Our relationship with India is broader than our discussions about energy," Bush said. "Ours is a strategic relationship."

    U.S. restrictions on providing nuclear assistance to India, slapped on after back-to-back nuclear weapons tests by India and Pakistan in 1998, remain in place.

    "We'll continue to dialogue and work, and hopefully we can reach an agreement," Bush said. "If not, we'll continue to work on it until we do."

    Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed an agreement in July that would provide India with nuclear fuel for the country's booming but energy-starved economy. But the pact faces some political opposition in both countries, mostly over determining how to separate India's civilian and military nuclear facilities.

    Bush was accompanied by his wife, Laura, who visited Afghanistan in April 2005. Vice President Dick Cheney visited there in December 2005.

    "We're impressed by the progress that your country is making," Bush told Karzai. "I come as a friend and an ally."

    The president and his wife stepped off Air Force One under a bright, sunny sky against a background of snowcapped mountains. Security was extremely tight.

    Secret Service agents were deployed around the plane with automatic weapons

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    Default Re: Bush vows to capture bin Laden.

    Um, the US cut and ran to Iraq like 4 years ago. That's why the country is still in shambles, the Taliban regrouping, and the opium trade larger than it has been in a decade.

    Also, didn't bush say he wasn't concerned about Osama awhile back, and that he didn't know where he was?
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