Losing bin Laden

As analysts study a new video, Americans say they've lost confidence in the hunt.

Published September 7, 2007 5:09PM (EDT)

As the U.S. government studies what appears to be a new videotaped message from Osama bin Laden -- it would be his first public "appearance" in nearly three years -- a new CNN Poll has, for the first time, a majority of Americans saying that they don't think the United States will ever kill or capture the terrorist leader.

It's unclear to us whether the 54 percent who think we'll never get bin Laden include the 11 percent who think we already have.

Bonus War Room poll question: How long will it take before a Bush administration official cites the purported bin Laden tape as proof that we must stay the course in Iraq?

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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