Uncle Jimbo, posting at BlackFive, has an excellent post on the battle at Tora Bora. This battle has been subject to so much revisionism and politicizing that the truth is often overlooked because it is inconvenient to the story. As Uncle Jimbo states, the goal of the mission "was to fix and destroy the Taliban and AQ forces in Tora Bora and if that included bin Laden then happy day. If not then we can certainly consider the hundreds of terrorists killed a success by any reasonable standard." When analyzing any event with the goggles of history you must always remember to go back to the beginning and ask "Why was a certain action taken by a certain person at a certain time?" It is easy to pick bits and pieces of the puzzle and skew them to fit your story line. It is even easier when you move the goals after the event. Uncle Jimbo does a fine job on this one, take the time to read it.