May 04, 2005

"Bring me the head of Osama Bin Laden"

Right after 9/11, former CIA officer Gary Schroen was sent to Afghanistan to help the Northern Alliance in their fight against the Taliban, who was harboring Osama Bin Laden.

He told National Public Radio in an interview broadcast on Monday and Tuesday that he stopped by the office of then-CIA counterterrorism director Cofer Black for final instructions.

He said he was told: "'your basic marching orders are to link up with the Northern Alliance and get their cooperation militarily and they will take on the Taliban.

"'When we break the Taliban, your job is to capture bin Laden, kill him and bring his head back in a box full of dry ice.'"

He said he told Black, '"Sir, those are the clearest orders I have ever received, I can certainly make pikes out in the field but I don't know what I'll do about dry ice to bring the head back but we will manage something."

As we now know, the mafia-esque mission didn't succeed, but the notion of Osama's head in a duffle bag isn't the worst idea I've ever heard.

Two different flicks come to mind: Joe Pesci's "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag," and the legendary Warren Oates flick "Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia."

(More coverage from Outside The Beltway & others)

Posted by mhking at May 4, 2005 08:03 AM
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