October 29, 2004

October Surprise!

Wonkette reads The Princess Bride and uses it to try to understand what Osama bin Laden is trying to tell us--that George W. Bush is the best thing that ever happened to him:

I'm Osama bin Laden and I Approve of This Message: Ooops: He's alive. And he's condemning Bush. Which of course means that he wants Kerry to win. Unless he really wants Bush to win and is just by default endorsing Kerry in order to get people to vote for Bush out of spite.... So confusing. Clearly, we've fallen for one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is: "Never get involved in a land war in Asia"; but only slightly less well known is this: "Do not read My Pet Goat when death is on the line."

Posted by DeLong at October 29, 2004 06:29 PM | TrackBack
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It may be that future history will judge it TRUE that BOTH (1) it was a good idea to invade Iraq, and later, (2) that the perp was turned out of office. This would be a good advertisement for Democracy, in which presumably we all believe. Why? Because we will have demonstrated (1) an instinct toward an Ideal, and (2) a propensity to correct mistakes. Sure, I’m glossing over (1) the imperial oilburp, and (2) Most of the perps are getting away, to poop on us another day. But are there enough boxes to show the cross-idea?

Try to imagine a better advertisement for Democracy, to peoples long weary of the world’s depredations... Do you change human nature? Not for eons! But you show a way to ameliorate, and so another dialogue will be created. Indeed through an extraordinary nation which is slowly becoming all Nations, and now--historically, suddenly--the superpower, you show a way to co-existence, to freedom and advancement for All. That’s what you signed up for. So what else is new?

Posted by: Lee A. at October 29, 2004 06:41 PM

Count me in on that jetsons super democracy.
Osama's statement (wish I could just see the whole thing all at once) is a gift to Bush.
He likes Bush. All Arabs and Islams know Bush, they know his father, it is really easy to work up a good riot against Bush.
Even though it is obviously true. I wonder if Michael Moore has a shiver and maybe a sense of slight regret when he see's the preeminent Facsist of our day more or less quoting his work.
I have read Kerry's speech form Tempple several times and today heard Jamie Rubin echo those conceptsa. That is what's happening and it is even more ambitious than whatr they say which is half agin and more, more informative than any extened explanation of what is going on than the Pesident has offered.
Bin Laden either wants Bush for an easy rabble-rouse, or if he gets Kerry he will pull a Muktad and make a non-aggression truce while he re-organizes his org.
Menawhile like a school bully he says "gee we're sorry it was so bad, but if you'd just do like I say , I wuldn't do that stuff" it was never true when the bully or local hoodlum said it either.
I found it interesting that he called attention to his ideological roots in Lebanon in 1982. In fact, gave that as the reason for 9/11.
Interesting, in his fatwa of '98 the three reasons were , Troops in Saudi, Sanctions on Iraq ( hmm thought he didn't care about that) and Israel/Palestine.
Mark well, that two of those are Iraq.
I am hampered by not seeing the whole thing but he seemed to be pretty light on Iraq,
I think he is looking for some regroupig time.
He is not going to get it. Thank goodness.


Posted by: Jim A. Sherman at October 29, 2004 07:48 PM

Count me in on that jetsons super democracy.
Osama's statement (wish I could just see the whole thing all at once) is a gift to Bush.
He likes Bush. All Arabs and Islams know Bush, they know his father, it is really easy to work up a good riot against Bush.
Even though it is obviously true. I wonder if Michael Moore has a shiver and maybe a sense of slight regret when he see's the preeminent Facsist of our day more or less quoting his work.
I have read Kerry's speech form Tempple several times and today heard Jamie Rubin echo those conceptsa. That is what's happening and it is even more ambitious than whatr they say which is half agin and more, more informative than any extened explanation of what is going on than the Pesident has offered.
Bin Laden either wants Bush for an easy rabble-rouse, or if he gets Kerry he will pull a Muktad and make a non-aggression truce while he re-organizes his org.
Menawhile like a school bully he says "gee we're sorry it was so bad, but if you'd just do like I say , I wuldn't do that stuff" it was never true when the bully or local hoodlum said it either.
I found it interesting that he called attention to his ideological roots in Lebanon in 1982. In fact, gave that as the reason for 9/11.
Interesting, in his fatwa of '98 the three reasons were , Troops in Saudi, Sanctions on Iraq ( hmm thought he didn't care about that) and Israel/Palestine.
Mark well, that two of those are Iraq.
I am hampered by not seeing the whole thing but he seemed to be pretty light on Iraq,
I think he is looking for some regroupig time.
He is not going to get it. Thank goodness.


Posted by: Jim A. Sherman at October 29, 2004 07:50 PM

holler this out loud for next three days: Osama is alive. So that means the USA needs a new commander in chief who really will bring him in dead or alive. It's just that simple. Progressives have to stop interpreting and just say the truth. If it was supposed to be Bush's election winning surprise that he caught Osama then it must be the final fatal failure that he obviously has not caught him! The killer looks more potent than ever! So we need a new c in c.

Posted by: rod at October 29, 2004 07:53 PM

Holler this out for the next three days:

Osama Bin Laden endorses George W. Bush for President

Posted by: Dubblblind at October 29, 2004 08:08 PM

Is it possible to have only those of each side who are fighting for God to fight it out and not include us non-believers? This war is really more about religion than oil. I can live without either if the price is spent bloodshed or relinguishing you ability to use reason in your thinking process..

Posted by: vaughn1111 at October 29, 2004 08:15 PM

He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me. He loves me not......

And so it goes.

Posted by: bobbyp at October 29, 2004 08:47 PM

The image of bin Laden reading this statement was dramatically different from the few other videos of the al-Qaida leader that have emerged since the Sept. 11 attacks. He seemed to understand the Bush family better than the Repubs do!

Bin Laden compared the Bush administration to repressive Arab regimes ``in that half of them are ruled by the military and the other half are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents.''

He said the concept became clear to Bush's father when he was president and visited Arab countries.

``He wound up being impressed by the royal and military regimes and envied them for staying decades in their positions and embezzling the nation's money with no supervision,'' bin Laden said.

``He passed on tyranny and oppression to his son, and they called it the Patriot Act, under the pretext of fighting terror. Bush the father did well in placing his sons as governors and did not forget to pass on the expertise in fraud from the leaders of the (Mideast) region to Florida to use it in critical moments.''

Posted by: aRuss at October 30, 2004 12:38 AM

Just when we thought the Al-Qaqaa weapons discovery was the real surprise! How did Osama know when to strike? Were the conspiracy theorists right after all, that Osama's been in the CIA's pay all along?

Nah, can't be. He's a real bogey.

Posted by: laservisor at October 30, 2004 03:37 AM

"How did Osama know when to strike?"

Let us not start believing our own hype ("madman","animal", etc.)

Bin Laden is a smart man. Do not 'misunderestimate' him.



Posted by: JackNYC at October 30, 2004 06:20 AM

The man is a murderous gangster, and will soon be destroyed. Why should any attention be given, other than to hunt him down?

Posted by: lise at October 30, 2004 07:07 AM

It's hard work. It's hard work. It's hard work.

Posted by: G. W. Bush at October 30, 2004 07:18 AM

Bin Laden is much more useful to the Republicans on the loose. I would bet that Karl Rove had a hand in the decision to take the heat off him in '02, knowing that this bogeyman would come in useful in BC04.

Posted by: Bob H at October 30, 2004 07:35 AM

> The man is a murderous gangster, and will
> soon be destroyed.

When will that be again? He seems to be quite a live after several years of a supposed world wide manhunt.

Posted by: person at October 30, 2004 07:48 AM

This is why Osama is endorsing Bush. Bush's incompetence has kept him free, alive and well. Why would Osama want to risk a new president who just might capture or kill him. Not to mention Bush's fantastic recruiting ability for Al Qaida.

Posted by: Dubblblind at October 30, 2004 08:37 AM

Missing explosives still unexplained
Missing WMD
Missing TANG record
Missing Al qaeda link to Saddam
Missing Saddam connection to 9/11
Missing Budget surplus
Missing Osama from Tora Bora


Heeeelp....
Can somebody help me please?
It's hard work. It's hard work. It's hard work.

Posted by: George W Bush at October 30, 2004 09:05 AM

This from AP:

"Vice President Dick Cheney made his pitch in Pennsylvania, suggesting that bin Laden's latest message underscores the importance of staying focused on the fight against terrorism."

Be afraid, be very afraid.
http://www.badmash.org/dishoom.php

Posted by: ttubby at October 30, 2004 10:08 AM

I don't know why Osama didn't just post his message directly here. Except for his superior grammar and syntax, it reads just like what most of you guys are always saying.

Posted by: Patrick R. Sullivan at October 30, 2004 10:18 AM

Osama is both intelligent and well informed. He knows damn good and well that terrorism is the one area where Bush has consistently polled better than Kerry and that he is the symbol of that threat. His message is aimed not at the reality based community but at the ignorance and shallowness of the faith based Bush supporters. When he chides Bush he does so knowing that his very message encourages (some) voters to cower behind Bush while mocking them for doing so.

Posted by: Dubblblind at October 30, 2004 10:35 AM

If only Patrick Sullivan had an imagination. Bin Laden's message isn't for us, it's for the Arab world. So far, he has made the world's only superpower (is that trademarked yet) look inept, dishonest and murderous.

With Bush as president, the fires of hatred will stay white hot with little stoking. With Kerry, there's a chance the world might give the United States a chance to get Iraq right. There would be a spirit of goodwill (which may not last very long).

What next? Al-Qaeda Veterans For Bush?

Posted by: Steve at October 30, 2004 11:15 AM

Or: this Osama's a dummy. I think his nose is a little wide. More than one network news reporter says he looks heavily made-up. Is it possible to fool Al Jazeera upon the provenance of a tape or disk?

Posted by: Lee A. at October 30, 2004 11:23 AM

My reaction to the tape is, "what a reminder that Bush hasn't caught him!"

Only me, I'm sure.

Did anyone else have the sense that, at least in translation, Usama bin Laden sounded eerily like a pundit; what he said would not look too out of place on an op-ed age.

Posted by: Randolph Fritz at October 30, 2004 07:57 PM

"Imperial Hubris" by "Anonymous" presents clear analysis of Usama's voluminous pronunciamentos, arguing conclusively that, far from being a crazyman, he is a rationalistic religious warrior who, with many Muslims, objects to U.S. policies and actions: (1) "challenging god's word," as provided in their holy book, down to U.S. demands toMuslim religious authorities to alter their curricula; (2) "attack the Islamic faithful and their resources:" direct military actions as well as support for apostate and repressive governments, to control what happens in the oil peninsula; (3) "occupies and dismembers Muslim lands," which they see all over the world, and prominently in aquiescence to Israel's expansion. (Pp. 11-13.) According to this book, this set of complaints is consistently formulated in clear terms, with highly detailed illustrations thereof.

Unfortunately he must be gotten rid of, because the course of killing people sets like concrete into a self-limiting cul-de-sac on the paths to god, and by detours missing whole doors, certainly prevents entry into several of the major heavens.

Posted by: Lee A. at October 31, 2004 02:07 PM

I should however upon further drunkenness point out that, very far from "thou shallt not kill," each of us has benefitted economistically from the killings of others--even if they were far away, and over long-ago periods of time: and it therefore follows, that we each follow jihad, at our own speed...

Posted by: Lee A. at November 1, 2004 06:42 PM