March 4, 2004

Who gets the bin Laden endorsement?

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at March 4, 2004 2:56 PM

The new line from Bush supporters seems to be that Osama bin Laden (and other unsavory characters) would prefer a Kerry victory in November. Thinking about the actions of Bush and his administration over the past three years, it's pretty astonishing that they would suggest this. Consider:

  • Despite the "Wanted: Dead or Alive" rhetoric, Bush quickly set the pursuit of bin Laden on the back burner, diverting troops for the impending Iraq war...

  • ...which was a convenient thing for bin Laden, who had railed against Iraq's secular government on multiple occasions. Fortunately for him, Bush got rid of said government and Iraq may now be moving down the path to the preferred government of Al Qaeda, Islamic theocracy.

  • But the benefits of the Iraq war to Islamic terrorism don't stop there. Osama can only be pleased at the continued increase of anti-American sentiment in the Middle East created by the invasion...

  • ...not to mention the skyrocketing recruitment by Al Qaeda and others.

  • And remember the international coalition against terrorism that emerged after 9/11? The Bush administration's unilateralism on Iraq squandered that goodwill. Osama can only be feeling safer now that America is isolated in the international community.

  • Meanwhile, actual state sponsors of terror like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan get a free pass from the United States. Sure is nice of President Bush. Would bin Laden want to risk a less friendly foreign policy under Kerry?

  • And finally, Bush's budget keeps homeland security efforts underfunded, making sure that America remains a nice big target.

So I have to wonder why bin Laden would want Kerry to win the election, after all Bush has done for him?



Posted by: Student | April 27, 2004 2:27 PM
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