Osama’s Hate franchise
Osama bin Laden was a smart person in need of an important mission, something that he could build his brand and image upon. He wanted his own kingdom of sort, though being buried seventeen layers deep in the Saudi family; he would have to do something extraordinary to develop a resume and portfolio of accomplishments.
He wanted to be a freedom fighter for the Arab community. He wanted to defend the culture and status quo with the exception of advancing himself to a senior leadership position.
He had wealth to fuel him and he sought help from within his family structure. However, they sensed that his personal mission might undermine or threaten their own status, so they kept their distance.
That further infuriated Osama who developed his power base among the Afghans fighting Russians and who would emerge as the Taliban.
Making the USA the enemy and symbol of Western invasion was an easy target. Spreading the target to include USA allies was effective. Employing terrorism as a tactic took the fight to his enemy’s home turf.
He underestimated America’s persistence in defeating him, and he underestimated his lack of ability to recruit assistance to counter the super power.
Osama/Usama bin Laden
“Bin Laden Home Videos Offer Glimpse Into His Daily Life
Published May 07, 2011
WASHINGTON -- A detailed portrait of Usama bin Laden's daily life emerged Saturday from the single largest intelligence collection ever, including a disclosure of home videos that show him watching news coverage of himself on television.
The videos were shown to the news media Saturday by intelligence officials. The five movies offer the first public glimpse at bin Laden's life behind the walls of his compound in suburban Pakistan.
The government-selected clips also provide an opportunity for the U.S. to paint bin Laden in an unflattering light to his supporters. The videos include outtakes of his propaganda films and, taken together, portray him as someone obsessed with his own image and how he is portrayed to the world.
For example, bin Laden dyed his beard for one video and "jealously guarded his image," an intelligence official said.
The videos are among the wealth of information collected during the U.S. raid that killed bin Laden and four others. The information suggests bin Laden played a strong role in planning and directing attacks by Al Qaeda and its affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.
"The material found in the compound only further confirms how important it was to go after bin Laden," CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a statement. "Since 9/11, this is what the American people have expected of us. In this critical operation, we delivered."
Already the Afghan Taliban has warned that bin Laden's death will only boost morale of insurgents battling the U.S. and its NATO allies. Al Qaeda itself vowed revenge, confirming bin Laden's death for the first time Friday but saying that Americans' "happiness will turn to sadness."
Intelligence officials said the statement was interesting because no new leader was announced, suggesting that Al Qaeda may still be shuffling in the aftermath of bin Laden's death.
Al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahri is the presumed successor but there are strong indications that he is not popular in some quarters.
Officials would not confirm reports that the raid yielded clues to the whereabouts of Zawahri.
The data showed no indication that the Pakistan government was aware that bin Laden was at the compound, which was the active center of Al Qaeda.
Pakistani officials have denied sheltering bin Laden, and they have criticized the U.S. operation as a violation of their country's sovereignty.
For its part, the U.S. has already launched at least one drone strike into Pakistan in the days since bin Laden was killed, and there is no suggestion those will be curtailed at all.
The strikes are largely carried out by pilotless CIA drones, and the expectation is that they will continue in the coming days as U.S. military and intelligence officials try to take quick advantage of the data they swept up in the raid before insurgents have a chance to change plans or locations.
The raid on bin Laden's compound deep inside the Pakistan border has further eroded already strained relations between Washington and Islamabad, and angry Pakistani officials have said they want the U.S. to reduce its military presence in their country. The Pakistani army, while acknowledging it failed to find bin Laden, said it would review cooperation with the U.S. if there is another similar attack.
Obama met on Friday with the U.S. commandos who killed bin Laden after a decade-long search.
"Job well done," the president declared, addressing roughly 2,000 troops after meeting privately with the full assault team -- Army helicopter pilots and Navy SEAL commandos -- who executed the dangerous raid. Their identities are kept secret.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.