Is Bin Laden a Liberal Democrat?
It must make Liberal Democrats uncomfortable to hear Bin Ladens rant on the new video. He hit all the Democrat talking points. Does it make Dems nervous that Bin Laden is on the same page as them? Does he sound like the Anti American and International Left? Maybe it validates the opinion that many on the Left are on Bin Ladens side but do not want to admit it. Interesing.
seems unreal, almost ridiculous that Osama Bin Laden would use the
exact same criticisms used by Democrats against George Bush.
But the tape released yesterday of Bin Laden's address to the
American people makes it abundantly clear that at least as far as
talking points are concerned, Osama would be at home if he attended any
Democratic party gathering in the country:
He says to the American people, "you made one of your greatest
mistakes, in that you neither brought to account nor punished those who
waged this war, not even the most violent of its murderers, [former
Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld…” "You permitted Bush to complete
his first term, and stranger still, chose him for a second term, which
gave him a clear mandate from you -- with your full knowledge and
consent -- to continue to murder our people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Then you claim to be innocent! The innocence of yours is like my
innocence of the blood of your sons on the 11th -- were I to claim such
a thing." Bin Laden says President Bush's words echo "neoconservatives
like Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Richard Perle."
Osama even established that he probably reads liberal blogs when he took the Democrats to task for their inaction on Iraq:
"People of America: the world is following your news in regards to
your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that,
after several years of tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you
want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this
purpose, but the Democrats haven't made a move worth mentioning. On the
contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to
continue the killing and war there."
He went on to praise far left author Noam Chomsky and invite the American people to overthrow the government and embrace Islam.
I wonder how it makes Democrats feel to see their criticisms and
even their exact words thrown back at them by Bin Laden? No one is
suggesting that the Democrats agree with Osama's tactics or his kooky
ideas about religion. But it still must be unsettling to see your own
talking points being used by an avowed enemy of the United States.
In the video, bin Laden makes no overt threats and does not directly call for attacks. Instead, he addresses Americans, telling them the Iraq war has failed and urging them to turn away from capitalism and democracy and convert to Islam.
His emergence Friday comes at a time when terrorism experts believe bin Laden's terror network is regrouping in the lawless Pakistan-Afghanistan border region - and it underlines the U.S. failure to catch him.
American intelligence agencies were studying the video to determine whether it was authentic and to look for clues about bin Laden's health.
In the video, bin Laden attacked capitalism, multinational corporations and globalization.
"This is why I tell you: as you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system," he said.
Several current and former government officials said they believed an American - 28-year-old Adam Gadahn - may have written at least part of the speech.
Gadahn, who has been charged with treason and supporting terrorism for serving as an al-Qaida propagandist, has appeared in several past al-Qaida-produced videos, lecturing against capitalism and globalization and making insider references to American culture.
"It has Adam Gadahn written all over it," one former senior intelligence official said of bin Laden's tape, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
In the new video, bin Laden derided President Bush, saying events in Iraq have gotten "out of control" and the American leader "is like the one who plows and sows the sea: He harvests nothing but failure."
Bush made the rare move of speaking about an al-Qaida video. The tape is "a reminder about the dangerous world in which we live, he told reporters on the sidelines of a summit of Pacific Rim nations in Sydney, Australia.
"It's important that we show resolve and determination to protect ourselves, deny al-Qaida safe haven and support young democracies," Bush said.
Bin Laden said there were two solutions to stopping the Iraq war. "One is from our side, and it is to escalate the fighting and killing against you. This is our duty, and our brothers are carrying it out," bin Laden said.
"The second solution is from your side. ... I invite you to embrace Islam," he said.
One result of that, bin Laden said, would be an end to the Iraq war. He said "warmongering owners of the major corporations" would rush to appease voters who showed they are looking for an alternative, "and this alternative is Islam."
Bin Laden wears a white robe, a white circular cap and a beige cloak seated behind a table while reading an address to the American people from papers in front of him.
His trimmed beard is shorter than in his last video, in 2004, and is fully black - apparently dyed, since in past videos it was mostly gray. He speaks softly, as he usually does, and has dark bags under his eyes, but his appearance dispelled rumors that he had died.