as soon as Afghanistan is mostly wrapped up, there is a convenient attack on the parliament of India, presumably by Pakistani radicals from Kashmir. . .the US, through the mouth of Colin Powell declared India has the right to defend itself. This along with Bin Ladin appearing to have fled to Pakistan sets the stage for the US to have a hand in warfare in Pakistan with India leading the way for them. Play the situation right, and the ally against the Taleban, Pakistan, can be controled or become the next target in the "war on terrorism"
maybe ex? cia asset Bin Ladin can flee to a few countries, giving the US excuse to go into that country, or dictate that countries actions
meanwhile the US has the american John Walker, the Taleban fighter to put on trial and create a drama for the media, and through them, the people, to focus on while the US continues its imperialism across the region