Friday, October 29, 2004

I smell a rat

After a week or so of bad news for the President, all of a sudden Osama Bin Laden shows up on Al Jazeera and pokes fun at Bush.

"It never occurred to us that the commander in chief of the country (Bush) would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone ... because he thought listening to a child discussing her goats was more important," bin Laden said, referring to Bush's visit to a FL elementary school when the attacks occurred.

Bin Laden told Americans: "Your security is not in the hands of (Democratic candidate John) Kerry or (President George W.) Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands ...."

This is a little too convenient, don't you think? Just yesterday a Saint Paul TV station was airing it video from April 13, 2003 showing that al Qaqaa munitions site, munitions, IAEA seals, the works. The Pentagon tried to squash the story by using an ambiguous photo proved Saddam had moved the munitions prior to the war, but it flopped when Former Bush WMD inspector David Kay got on CNN and authenticated the local station’s story/video.

Yesterday, bloggers proved that a Bush TV Ad Photoshopped troops into the picture, and the campaign had to take it down and fix it, much to their embarrassment.

Just a couple days ago, Drudge got a phony looking terrorist video with a masked guy speaking in English with an American accent. ABC refuses to play it, saying Bush people tried to pressure them to put it on (Fox News takes the bait). Here’s Drudge’s spin.

Bush couldn’t even catch a break with a campaign event in New Hampshire today. Drudge Reports “Event workers had been told to fire off confetti pods when Bush said, 'God Bless'... his normal closing line. But 5 minutes before the end of his speech, Bush offered a ‘God Bless’ to Arlene Howard, mother of George Howard a Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Police Officer killed in the World Trade Center... BLAM!!!!! Everyone first ducked -- hard -- then looked up to see confetti falling. Bush looked momentarily stunned, then plain [sic] unhappy, then just went on with his speech as the confetti rained to the floor of the Verizon Wireless Arena.”

I hate to put on my Tin Hat, but the whole thing really looks like Rove has gotten so desperate that they brought out Bin Laden. Even Theresa Heinz at one point said she thought Bush would do an “October Surprise” and suddenly capture Bin Laden. John Kerry told the media he didn’t agree with her, and she stopped saying it, but liberals still believe it on some level. Now you see why.

On the other hand, I think this can hurt Bush. It reminds people that he wanted Osama “Dead or Alive” about 2 years ago, and he still doesn’t have him (well, he is Alive I guess). It also reminds people of the lie that Bush uttered during the last debate, denying that he had said in March “I don't know where he is.[PAUSE] I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.” Now if he suddenly acts concerned about Bin Laden and how he is going to undermine the elections, he looks hypocritical.

Plus, the whole, “the terrorists want you to vote for Kerry” argument is just so partisan and laughable on its face that I don’t know what to say. OK, how about, if we get into worrying about which way the terrorists want us to vote, the terrorists have won (because they are thereby influencing the election). Nader and bin Laden support the same things (immediate US troop withdrawal from Iraq), yet no self-respecting Bush hack one will say bin Laden “wants” Nader.

To set the record straight I got suspicious when Clinton started bombing Iraq during the height of the Lewinsky matter in 12/1998-1/1999. At the very least I thought, this has the appearance of impropriety. Those bombing raids might have been the ones that ultimately destroyed Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction that Bush hunted years for, we will never know.

Kerry for his part, said this:
In response to this tape from Osama bin Laden, let me make it clear, crystal clear. As Americans, we are absolutely united in our determination to hunt down and destroy Osama bin Laden and the terrorists. They are barbarians. And I will stop at absolutely nothing to hunt down, capture or kill the terrorists wherever they are, whatever it takes. Period.
Reading the entire bin Laden statement, it seems like UBL is actually quasi apologizing to Americans, or at least rationalizing his mass murder of nearly 3,000 people in a single day. He tried to equate 9/11 with the deaths of Iraqi civilians during and after the war. The thing is Americans weren’t trying to kill these people, whereas bin Laden does. That is the difference between collateral damage/civilian casualties and terrorism. Terrorism’s goal is to kill innocent people to scare people in power to change their ways. But you knew that already.

My point is this: the whole tone of the speech seems totally different from others that he has given. Most of his other ones were angry and triumphant, quoting the Koran etc. This message was aimed directly at the US and not to the greater Arab world, unlike all of his previous speeches. Normally, he would go on tape to get more people angry at America and thereby gin up recruitment. The whole thing strikes me as very odd to say the least.

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