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Monday, May 19, 2008

Osama bin Laden winning?

On my way home from work, I listened to the radio program, It's Your World, sponsored by The World Affairs Council. I only heard part of it. Their guest speaker was Mike Scheuer, former chief of the CIA's Osama bin Laden Unit. Chilling. I was skeptical about some of the things he said. However, this part I agree with: he said that we are losing the war on terrorism mightily. He said it's fine that we make jokes about Osama bin Laden ... but that it is crucially important that we also learn about him and respect him -- so that we can defeat him. Right now bin Laden is winning the war and he is a true leader. What have been bin Laden's goals? Scheuer describes them:
-- To bleed us financially to weaken our economy.
-- To make us spread our military too thin so that basically we don't win anywhere.
-- To cause disunity inside our country. A disturbing dangerous disunity.
All three.
Okay ... the tanker is headed for the bridge. We need a leader who can really turn this thing around.

And, as I've said before, Bush and his cronies are smirking all the way to the bank.

Postscript: Wikipedia has a very interesting article about Michael Scheuer. One of the interesting things he talks about is all the chances the CIA had of assassinating bin Laden during Bill Clinton's presidency -- but Clinton did not want him killed. We have no idea the reasons of course. But it's interesting to think about.

Post-postscript: Michael Scheuer
received a Ph.D. in British Empire-U.S.-Canada-U.K. relations from the University of Manitoba. As Ms. Manitoba, I must point this out.


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