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“Senator McCain? Osama Bin Laden Here. Have I Got A Deal For You.”

6 October 2008

What’s wrong with the media?  They fail to see the possibility that a McCain victory would inure to the benefit to Osama Bin Laden and other anti-American terrorist organizations around the world.  They also fail to explore the possibility that a continuation of the threat of Al Qaeda would benefit a McCain Administration.

I’ll admit to being a contrarian on this point, but I don’t believe that Osama Bin Laden is looking forward to an Obama administration in the US.  Why would he?  The very election of Barack Obama would fly in the face of his assertion that the US is an evil empire run by a bunch of old, white Christian men who are out to conquer the Muslim world.  The more militarily conservative our government, the greater recruiting tool it lends to the causes of anti-American terrorists around the world.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

George H W Bush

George H W Bush

Disagree?  Let’s look at some recent America-centric history for indicators.  None other than “The Great Communicator” himself, Ronald Reagan, is credited for bringing down the Soviet Union and the threat of communism in the world.  While it actually happened during Daddy Bush’s administration, it was, in fact, the Reagan arms race that played the greatest role in the fall of the USSR.  What happened next?  Why, we became “best buddies” with the new Russians under Daddy Bush, and the American public stopped worrying about the nuclear sky falling on our heads.  Then what happened?  Without the fear Republicans had used for my whole life to scare the American people about those risky Democrats, a faltering economy became the focus of the 1992 Presidential race and William Jefferson Clinton came into office.

Bill and Hillary Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton

What terrible lesson did those at the top of the Republican Party learn?  Like “The Prince” himself, Machiavelli, said: one way to maintain control over “your” population is to have a common enemy to scare them with.  For eight long years the Republicans watched in horror as, despite all their attacks against Bill and Hillary Clinton, they held their ground in the White House.  Only the chaos of a sexual miscue on the part of President Clinton set the table for the Republicans to turn their culturally conservative “base” loose and bring the 2000 election within “stealing distance.”  Thanks to a well-placed brother in a key battleground state, George W. Bush managed to win the presidency with an assist from the Republican-stacked Supreme Court of the United States.  Notably, it was the last court ruling the “Bushies” seemed to like, as they ran an anti-judiciary government.

George W Bush with Shafig bin Laden, Osama's brother

George W Bush with Shafig bin Laden, Osama's brother

Bush and Salem bin Laden, another Osama brother

Bush and Salem bin Laden, another Osama brother

For those with short memories – I am getting older myself and feel your pain – the first eight months of the W presidency were a laugh a minute.  He seemed absolutely unqualified to do the job, and everyone suspected that Dick Cheney was really running the show.  Bush’s prospects for re-election were off to a very bad start.  But then an old Bush family friend and ally came to the rescue in what is arguably the most dramatic moment in American history.  Osama Bin Laden, a man from a family close to the Bush family, along with the Taliban government of Afghanistan – a government supported by Reagan and Bush – launched a sneak attack against our country just as the New York based early-morning shows were on the air to show it in all its horror.  After initial disarray on the part of both Bush and Cheney, Bush pulled off his great moment in the sun by appearing triumphantly atop the ruins of the World Trade Center and promising to bring justice to those who committed this heinous crime.

Just to keep the record straight, while air traffic was halted over the US immediately after the attack, the Bush Administration granted an exemption to the Bin Laden family members in the US to fly home to Saudi Arabia in their private jet.  How strange.  And how much stranger is the fact that was never really questioned by the media.  In typical fashion the media, whose own capitol, New York City, had been attacked, rushed to judgment and support for our valiant leader in the nation’s moment of loss.  Starting that day the mainstream news media became addicted to Bush Administration Kool-Aid, an addiction that lasted the better part of the next five years.  Judging from their rush to the defense of the Paulson/Bush bailout plan, I suspect they are still secretly sipping the Bush Brew.

Bush Kool-Aid

Bush Kool-Aid

But I digress.  Suddenly, after September 11, 2001, the Bush Administration was able to get anything they wanted from the media and from a Democratic Congress that was afraid to stand up to them for fear of electoral losses in 2002.  The idiot Democrats, as they deserved, were turned out of Congress anyway as the Republicans, armed with a new enemy, turned the scare tactics up to the highest volume possible.  Now, the Republicans had found their old voice.  And it was so effective that by the 2004 re-election campaign of George W. Bush, it took just a little tweaking on a few social issues, gay marriage and right to life (abortion), for the Republicans to scare just enough soccer moms to vote for Bush in Ohio.  Nobody talks about it, but the Department of Homeland Security issued warnings all during the fall months that year that shopping malls in Ohio were being targeted by Al Qaeda.  This less than subtle threat worked, especially after Bin Laden himself appeared in a nick-of-time video days before the election.  Once again, Karl Rove had played his hand masterfully, and now, four years later we find ourselves paying the price for being duped.

Which is it, Dubya?

Which is it, Dubya?

So it is not hard for me to envision a 3:00 a.m. phone call to Senator McCain from Bin Laden offering a new trick in exchange for leaving him free to hide behind the “gates of hell.”  After all, hasn’t the Bush Administration – who had no particular problem tracking down the Saddam Hussein family – seemed peculiarly disinterested in finding Bin Laden?  Let’s face it, Hussein was a family enemy of the Bush’s after Daddy Bush’s Gulf War adventure, but Bin Laden and his family were old oil cronies.  Odd, huh?

So it would be too much not to expect to hear from Osama Bin Laden just before the election.  We can probably count on him making nice about Barack Obama for good measure.  Bin Laden has been playing us like a fiddle for years, and the Republicans are constantly singing his tune.

As I said yesterday, fasten your seatbelts.  It’s going to be a very bumpy ride.  But be of good cheer, Obama has shown over and over that he is able to rise to the occasion each time they throw something new at him.  That’s why he’s my man and should be yours.  Keep the faith!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. 6 October 2008 2:32 pm

    Just to keep the record straight, while air traffic was halted over the US immediately after the attack, the Bush Administration granted an exemption to the Bin Laden family members in the US to fly home to Saudi Arabia in their private jet.

    Just to keep the record even straighter, this is false. Everyone from Richard Clarke, to the FBI, to the 9/11 Commission acknowledge that the Saudis did not fly within or out of US airspace until that airspace was opened for commercial air travel. Further, no ‘private jet’ was involved (assuming ‘private’ means ‘privately owned’. Instead, some six commercially leased US aircraft were used.

    I know, it disrupts the narrative, but facts have to have some weight, no?

  2. Left-Eyed Jack permalink*
    6 October 2008 2:45 pm

    @ John Burgess

    Thanks for the info. Your sources are better than mine on the exit of the Bin Laden family from the US. I don’t mind being corrected when I’m wrong. I think there are still a lot of mysteries surrounding Bush’s failure to round up Osama Bin Laden as he promised.

  3. 6 October 2008 2:59 pm

    Hi. I read a few of your other posts and wanted to know if you would be interested in exchanging blogroll links?

  4. Left-Eyed Jack permalink*
    6 October 2008 4:25 pm

    @Jamie Holts

    Thanks for giving me a read. I would be pleased to exchange links with you.

  5. 7 October 2008 11:13 am

    Standing on my chair and applauding you wildly…great post !

  6. 30 August 2009 6:48 pm

    How long have you been blogging…your good at it.

  7. jeff scrooby permalink
    28 October 2009 2:15 pm

    rightwing,republican whackjobs are always the first to start a war,support thugs,terrorrists,dictators,massmurders,ruin the economy,kill/outsource jobs,gut/change/kill labor/worker safety/osha laws,kill social security/medicare.anything that would hurt/harm the middle class on down.that’s a joke about the senile old chip screwing,jelly bean popping,phony that wasn’t even a real actor,a horrible b-movie reject that was a snitch during the redbaiting witchhunts of the 40’s/50’s,him and pappy bush built up,supported,founded thugs,terrorrists,and dictators saddam hussien,osama bin laden,and how man others!what rightwing nutjob wants to deny/debate that?so much for their myth about “the gipper”!

    • jeff scrooby permalink
      28 October 2009 2:18 pm

      bush,cheney,and defense contractor pals were nothing more than either awol,of draftdodging war profiteers! old tricky dicky(shooter to most)cheney was such an american,flagwaving patriot,he got out of militasry service in vietnam (mr.7/8 deferments) becuase’ he was too busy going to college’.

      • 28 October 2009 3:08 pm

        As a Vietnam era draftee, I am particularly disgusted with the rich white boys of that era who dodged out with their connections and then picked up their flags and began waving. It was common then, and they continue now. Besides deferments for the well connected, there was another bunch of rich boys who crowded themselves into the National Guard units all over the country. Baby Bush was one of those. There’s little mystery as to how the son of a Texas Congressman managed to get into the Alabama National Guard. They ARE NOT patriots, and I have never been fooled by their phony rhetoric. Unfortunately, many have.

        Thanks for stopping by. Come back again!

    • 28 October 2009 3:13 pm

      Oh, yes, let us not forget “the gipper.” There was a REAL gipper who has been forgotten since b-movie Reagan played him in a movie and stole his persona making a political career out of it. Shame on him! But, of course, Republicans seem to be missing the “shame” gene. They only like to hold the rest of us to that moral standard.

      Come back by and read some of my more recent stuff and help me MAKE SOME NOISE! I’M HITTING BACK!

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