February 20, 2006

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Bin Laden: ‘I will never be taken alive’

Did somebody want him alive?

I have to say these Bin Laden tapes are boring as hell. Maybe if he sang, or danced, or learned some closeup magic, somebody would want him alive. As it is now, not so much.

That’s why I don’t get why it’s all over the news when he releases a new tape. He never performs live and his followers are like fanatics, watching the same tapes over and over again. It’s worse then* Insane Clown Posse.

Our own vice president has to shoot an old guy in the face to get publicity. Osama must have an incredible publicist.

[* Misuse of the word “then” as a shout-out to ICP fans]

Posted by James at February 20, 2006 5:41 PM
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I had a similar feeling last week when Saddam announced that he was going on a hunger strike.

Posted by: Julie at February 21, 2006 11:06 AM

LOL! I know. "I'm going to starve myself to death!" Cool. Thanks. That'll save on court and prison costs.

I think the Osama tapes are designed to show his followers that he is still out there and plotting. Best thing that could happen? He dies in a training camp accident at the hands of his own people. Or maybe in a cave-in or a rockslide. No martyrdom there.

Posted by: briwei at February 21, 2006 1:48 PM

Why is it in the news? Because Bush needs this guy and this guy needs Bush. They can keep this war on terror thing going forever and it enhances the power of the Bush crew AND the power of bin Laden.

Fear feeds on fear. Hate feeds on hate. And the news loves any sign of either fear or hate because that is what gets people's attention. News is entertainment. It's not about providing us with useful information, it's about somehow getting our attention so they can sell us more stuff we don't need.

So everyone wins - everyone, except the vast majority of us who want to pay attention to the things we have some control over and mean something in our lives.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying this is a vast conspiracy. I'm sayings it's all as natural as night and day - one thing very logically follows the other. The people in power - media and politicians - win. So prepare for more meaningless gibberish from bin Laden - and more of the same from Bush, our father and protector - oh, and while you're at it, tell me why in the world Bush is so uptight about protecting this deal with the UAE company that wants to run our major ports? Now there's a mystery. Bush suddenly taking on his own base, threatening a veto, and calling an impromtu press conference. And remember, Congress wasn't trying to stop the deal - they were trying to delay it so they could take a close LOOK AT IT. So the president, who hasn't vetoed anything, is suddenly pulling out the stops to prevent the leaders of his own party from taking a close look at a secret business deal. Uh huh - so what the real story?


Posted by: Greg at February 22, 2006 8:50 AM
Because Bush needs this guy and this guy needs Bush. They can keep this war on terror thing going forever and it enhances the power of the Bush crew AND the power of bin Laden.

I seem to remember reading about an arrangement like this in a book somewhere. The name escapes me. They made us read it in school... Gee - you'd think I would remember. It was when I was in high school. Hmm. Some time in the 1980's. 1984, I think. Nope, can't remember the name. ;)

tell me why in the world Bush is so uptight about protecting this deal with the UAE company that wants to run our major ports? Now there's a mystery.

I have a few guesses, any of which could be right. Or all could be wrong.

Maybe it's just a power thing. Maybe just because he can help out his friends.

Or, maybe it's to help out congress for the 2006 elections. He gives them something that will hit the news big, lets them make a big show of putting their feet down about it, and then gives in. They can campaign on how important they are. They need that after letting the administration walk all over them on domestic spying.

Posted by: James at February 22, 2006 10:18 AM

Whoa, Bush gives in to help the Republican party? I don't see that. That requires, like, three thinking steps... I don't think so. "Help his friends" sounds more plausible to me, but I'm just amazed that he's stomping his little foot over it. I hope they uncover something really good.

Posted by: Maggie at February 22, 2006 10:40 AM

Yeah. I think there are some personal connections there. Plus, he just nominated one of the Directors of DP World to be U.S. Maritime Administrator. He testified earlier this month. I bet that is the reason the administration did the review of DP secretly. Didn't want to cause his friend any undue strife in his testmony before Congress.

Posted by: briwei at February 22, 2006 11:29 AM

I read your blog post, Brian. Interesting stuff. I do hope that congress can buy more time to sort it all out.

Posted by: Maggie at February 22, 2006 11:44 AM

Why do I feel like, lately, that hoping the government can sort out its problems is like crying in the ocean?

Congress no longer seems to want much responsibility. The administration little reason to believe that congress has teeth on this issue, considering its anemic approach to previous issues.

Posted by: James at February 22, 2006 1:05 PM

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