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bin Laden to Bush: I miss you guys
So bin Laden sends out a new tape with the message that the world needs to fight Global Warming and Global Warming is all America's fault.


This is a gift from one right-wing fundamentalist to another.

The right is going to latch on to this and say "If you believe in Global Warming you support Islamic Terrorism" and that's exactly what bin Laden wants.

From 2001-2008 bin Laden had everything he wanted. An infidel on his doorstep that he didn't have to chase down. A villain he could blame for all the ills of his people and a perpetual war he could fight in the name of his religion.

And the American right had everything they wanted, too. An infidel "sleeper" hiding in every town with an airport. A villain it could blame for all the ills of his people and a perpetual war they could fight in the name of their religion.

Then along come the democrats and ruin everything. Despite the criticisms of the American left, Obama is drawing down the troops in Iraq and he is altering the tactics in Aghanistan from "bombing them back to the stoneage" to some form of nation building. It's far from perfect but it actually undermines bin laden instead of helping him.

The only thing I can't be sure of is whether bin Laden did this on purpose or by accident. It's clear that Al Quida isn't really that imaginative or creative. Could they have really come up with this on their own?
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caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: January 30th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I recognize the danger presented by Darth Biden's Drone Wars, especially as it applies to attacks in pakistan. And I recognize that merely increasing troops is a recipe for more problems. Each of these serves bin Laden's needs.

However, there are two things that have changed. One, both state department and military officials are finally starting to talk about terrorism as a criminal matter for police investigation instead of a matter for military response. Two, the Commander in charge in Afghanistan is the same one who changed the Iraq tactics to require soldiers to stay in neighborhoods at night instead of cutting and running to base every night.

That latter tactic causes our soldiers to have a real investment in the neighborhoods they are protecting. When the people see them leave daily, they are just invaders to be sold out to the insurgents at night. But when they see them stay, they start to become neighbors. That's when subtle changes start to occur. That's when the people begin to see the insurgents as criminals instead of freedom fighters.

Politically, it doesn't serve Obama to stay in Afghanistan. It served Cheney, Fox & Co. While Obama *is* continuing military momentum. Both he and bin Laden recognize that his base won't tolerate him doing it for much longer. bin Laden needs someone OPENLY committed to perpetual war, not apologetically so.

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caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: January 31st, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know. You, me, the taliban, the IRA, the Green Party - we're all activists. Most people just want to be left alone to live their lives and they will accept whatever structure gives them that. The Taliban was pretty intrusive. The new government is corrupt but less intrusive. People like having a government they can complain about without really feeling that they have to do something about it. That's why American democracy works so well.

Going back to my OP, though... it's not really about what Obama is doing, it's about what bin Laden needs.
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: January 31st, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mean, he needs to cut through human apathy, too and he needs a good villain to get people to be willing to put themselves under his leadership.

You might want to read Republican Gomorrah. It's an excellent read and really revealing about how the American Right-Wing and its "Culture of crisis" functions.
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caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: February 1st, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
ANd Obama's budget cut? To the smallest parts of the budget instead of to the real fat - defense spending.
retro_rider55 From: retro_rider55 Date: June 30th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good one; sounds like the kind of observation re the smoke & mirrors that all the factions in this mess employ, that my friend fruvous would have made.
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