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Bush Administration, Iraq War

By invading Iraq the Bushies carried out Osama bin Laden’s plans so perfectly you’d think al Qaeda had taken over the Department of Defense. Now al Qaeda’s number 2 guy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is repeating Republican talking points, according to Brian Ross at ABC News.

In a new video posted today on the Internet, al Qaeda’s number two man, Ayman al Zawahiri, mocks the bill passed by Congress setting a timetable for the pullout of U.S. troops in Iraq.

“This bill will deprive us of the opportunity to destroy the American forces which we have caught in a historic trap,” Zawahiri says in answer to a question posed to him an interviewer.

Continuing in the same tone, Zawahiri says, “We ask Allah that they only get out of it after losing 200,000 to 300,000 killed, in order that we give the spillers of blood in Washington and Europe an unforgettable lesson.”

Let’s see how the alliances line up — al Qaeda and the Bush Administration, and their various enablers, want to keep slugging it out in Iraq. Everyone else on the planet wants the U.S. out of Iraq. Tells you something.

Righties are thumping their chests and vowing to keep fighting, proving what a pack of stupid dupes they are. They’re playing the part of one of the oldest stock characters in fiction — the fool whose pride, vanity, or greed makes him easy prey for a trickster. Al Qaeda cannot defeat America, but it can trick America into defeating itself. The “historic trap” is not military; it’s psychological. All al Qaeda has to do is issue another video, mocking the U.S., and the entire American Right jumps up and dances to al Qaeda’s tune.

As Cernig at Newshoggers says, snarkily, “So Bush did exactly what the terrorists wanted him to? Say it ain’t so!”

Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars:

Boy, al-Zawahiri couldn’t have served up Republican talking points better if he was on Grover Norquist’s fax distribution list, could he? And the timing…isn’t it amazing how al Qaeda videos seem to come out just when Republican backs are against the wall?

Amazing, yes. But not surprising.

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  1. c u n d gulag  •  May 6, 2007 @9:40 am

    No surprise here!
    W. is Osama’s wet-dream. If he had asked Allah to script the best possible scenario, Allah himself could not have dreamed up a better foil.
    How stupid and arrogant can W. be? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not limited to the present universe we inhabit. If there are alternate universe’s, he’s also setting stupid and arrogant records at a pace that God him/her/it/self would find dizzying….

    Here’s the really scary part: 28% still support him. Which begs the question of who’s worse? The Leader? Or, the follower’s.

  2. Swami  •  May 6, 2007 @12:03 pm

    It was Bush who built the trap. al Qaida was just smart enough to spring it.

    As I try to analyze the situation in Iraq the statement that somebody coined years ago keeps coming back to my mind as profoundly insightful..Quagmire accomplished. For as long as we are projecting scenerios of incredible bloodbaths and the collapse of the entire middle east.. we can’t go anywhere.
    Petraeus claims its a rather complex situation.. really? The ability to reduce that complexity is within our power if we can only understand how to use it.

  3. paradoctor  •  May 6, 2007 @12:33 pm

    My theory is that bin Laden long ago discovered George W Bush’s Malkovich tunnel.

  4. Dan  •  May 6, 2007 @2:08 pm

    UBL: “Holy War, anyone?”
    GWB: “I’m in. Bring it.”

  5. erinyes  •  May 6, 2007 @3:45 pm

    I remember when I was in the 8th grade, thinking that if I could just join the marines and kill Ho Chi Minh, all the world’s troubles would be solved.
    Now we have a new enemy (we are told).It is stateless, silent, and sinister….the things nightmares are made of.
    Wanna buy some swampland in Florida?
    Let’s review history.
    Under Clinton, the U.S. and NATO bombed the hell out of Belgrade.We did this to save the Bosnian Muslims from genocide at the hands of the Serbs lead by one Slobodon Milosovitch, who was eventually captured and sent to the Hague to stand trial for war crimes, but died in prison. Now a pipeline runs through the Balkans, bringing oil to the happy citizens of Europe from the Caucasus region, where the U.S has set up military bases.
    In the ’90, UNOCAL was attempting to work a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan to construct a pipeline from the Caspian Basin, down through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea.At the same time, an Argentine corporation was attempting to work a similar deal.
    The Argentine economy went bust (suprise!). War was not declared, but thrust upon Afghanistan to rid the world of evil, and in particular, one evil of all evils, Usama Bin Laden.
    A pipeline deal has been signed with the government of Afghanistan lead by one Hamid Karsai, a former manager of UNOCAL.Afghanistan has NEVER been conquored by a western country.Usama has not been found. Our “Intelligence” sources say he may be hiding in Pakistan….or Saudi Arabia…. or Sudan… or Gula Gula Island. Our “Intelligence” sources gave us such luminaries as Porter Goss and George Tenent. Other sources tell us that the good spooks are leaving the CIA and seeking employment elsewhere. Not a good thing. (see the bees, following statement)
    Iraq was declared to be a threat to the U.S. because they were planning to obtain some very nasty weapons which they would use on our troops and (Gasp!) on the good people of Israel, who we are to protect at all cost because they are “God’s” chosen people.
    The good people of the You Knighted states of ‘merica swallowed this load of bull, mostly because they were sceered of them bad A-rabs, and because it fit in nicely with some twisted “Biblical” prophesy, as told by such holy men as John Hagee, Franklin Graham,Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell.Holy men with billion dollar portfolios and body guards, no less.
    Enter Fox News, with it’s prophets of doom and spinners of lies.
    In Michael Moore’s F 9/11, there was one scene where sales people from the major U.S. corporations were salivating over the prospects of “rebuilding” Iraq (for fun and profit).
    It’s all about the money folks, the power and the money.We are told by the “Commander Guy” that we need to bring democracy to the Iraqis, and to rid the world of something he calls “Islamofascism”, there is no such thing as “Islamofascism”, but the devil is in the details
    We (as a nation) have fallen for the biggest hose job in history, and we’re gonna pay big time for Bush/Cheney and their evil minions.
    On another note, while cutting back the palmettos on my property this morning, I noticed that there were no bees on the many blooms. This time of year, bees are very busy gathering the nectar from the palmettos . No Bees, not a good thing.Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees-PLEASE!
    I googled “Jatropha” this morning to find a source for seeds to plant on some vacant land I own. Jatropha is a plant that produces a high quality oil for biodiesel. The source I found was in India, where biodiesel production is encouraged. I can’t find a local source because Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and the Harris Corporation are encouraged here. Go figure.
    I shall now go back to the realm and kick ass on the Evil queen Andariel with Pinkey, my level 18 barbarian.In the fantasy realm of Diablo II, there are evil beings to be defeated, and just like in real life, we know who they are…the script is written,.and magic happens!

  6. nabalzbbfr  •  May 6, 2007 @8:18 pm

    Boy, al-Zawahiri couldn’t have served up Republican talking points better if he was on Grover Norquist’s fax distribution list, could he?

    Laughable. As if you’ve never heard of reverse psychology

  7. maha  •  May 6, 2007 @9:10 pm

    Laughable

    I’m not laughing. Puppets like you are not the least bit amusing.

  8. tubino  •  May 6, 2007 @11:01 pm

    I would very VERY much like to see some big-dog pundits push this point hard. It’s a solid argument, and the time for it has never been better.

    I would also like a pony, preferably one that never gets tired and never needs to eat or poop.

  9. No More Mr. Nice Guy!  •  May 7, 2007 @12:10 am

    My theory is that bin Laden long ago discovered George W Bush’s Malkovich tunnel.

    There’s a great sentence in Richard Clarke’s book, “Against All Enemies”:

    “It was as if Osama bin Laden, hidden in some high mountain redoubt, were engaging in long-range mind control of George Bush, chanting ‘invade Iraq, you must invade Iraq.'”

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