George W. Bush ordered special forces to capture Osama bin Laden before his presidency is up, and seven and a half years after September 11. Bush arrived in London yesterday, and renewed the urgency to capture bin Laden, according to British and American intelligence sources. Bush has enlisted British special forces to help Americans complete the job. The US led operation will now cross the Afghan border, into Pakistan, with the approval of the Pakistani government.
President Bush has been making a farewell shuffle through Europe, reconnecting with American allies like Germany, Italy, France, and Britain. Check out the pictures!
If America succeeds in capturing Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, will Bush have better secured his nation, as well as a more positive legacy? Or is it too little too late, if al Qaeda does not rely much on its figurative leader?
- Bush delivers speech at Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
- Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk around the gardens at the guest house of the Federal Republic.
- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi stands with Bush as he arrives at Villa Madama, June 12, 2008.
- Pope Benedict XVI holds a picture while meeting with Bush and first lady Laura Bush June 13, 2008.
- Pope Benedict XVI sits with Bush and his delegation in the Vatican June 13, 2008.
- Bush predicted that his successor in January will inherit 'the broadest and most vibrant' transatlantic ties ever.
- Bush attends a joint press conference with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris.
- Bush pauses at a memorial to the French Resistance after laying a wreath. Vive la resistance!
- Bush lands at Heathrow after stops in Slovenia, Germany, Italy, the Vatican and France.
- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh give a tour of St George's Hall at Windsor Castle.