I don't believe this story. Not for a minute:
French soldiers in Afghanistan had Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in their crosshairs -- twice -- but did not receive the order from their US commander to open fire, a French documentary reported.
The filmed report, by journalists Eric de Lavarene and Emmanuel Razavi, asserts that the French troops had bin Laden in their rifle scopes in 2003 and then again six months later in 2004.
This is the kind of shoddy, irresponsible rumor-mongering that lets Bush off the hook for his real failures. I believe Bush did divert resources from Tora Bora to Iraq. I believe this act decreased the chances that Osama bin Laden would be captured or killed. But it is well beyond belief that any U.S. commander would believe there would be any negative consequences to killing Osama bin Laden.