Who cares if it’s really him? George Bush doesn’t.

Larry Johnson writes @ Daily Kos:

Sorry. If you’re looking for some breathless analysis about another lame videotape, which allegedly contains the latest ramblings of the man behind the 9-11 attacks, this ain’t it. It is meaningless bullshit. Why? Because the United States, and the Bush Administration in particular, is not serious about finding and eliminating Bin Laden.

Frankly it would not surprise me to learn that the person appearing as Bin Laden is someone else. What’s with the beard dye? Is Bin Laden buying Grecian formula for facial hair? This video just does not make sense in either a strategic or tactical realm. It is simply a fuck you to the West.

Hat-tip Phoenix Woman @ Mercury Rising.

Update: Steve Benen @ Crooks & Liars has some Republican perspectives:

Fred Thompson’s reaction to today’s Osama bin Laden tape:

“Bin Laden is more symbolism than anything else,” he said.

Mitt Romney on bin Laden:

[Romney] said the country would be safer by only “a small percentage” and would see “a very insignificant increase in safety” if al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught because another terrorist would rise to power. “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,” Romney said.

Bush on bin Laden:

“I truly am not that concerned about him.”

At what point did the GOP decide that bin Laden no longer matters? And how would the right respond if Dems made similar comments?

My position is very simple. If he’s responsible for the deaths of Americans on 9/11/2001, indict his ass.

Who killed Mychal Judge?

Update 2: Brando, a commenter on the C&L thread writes:

So, someone comes into your house and murders some of your family members. The guy who ordered the “hit” is on the lam. The police inform you that catching the “mastermind” is not their priority because the crime has already been committed and there are other dastardly people out there to concentrate on. Huh?

Sorry… huh?


16 Responses to “Who cares if it’s really him? George Bush doesn’t.”

  1. Bryan Says:

    I think it was over at Dr. Cole’s place that it was noted that most Islamists on the run shave, and use false beards when necessary to make them harder to identify. If he has a curly blond beard in his next video we’ll know for sure.

    Just as most South American politicians grow facial hair to emphasize their Spanish, rather than Indian blood, most Middle Eastern politicians dye their hair to appear younger.

    I want Osama. That is the be all end all. He’s the one responsible. Get him and it’s over. He started it and getting him ends it. Anyone who ignores Osama doesn’t care about justice. You get him because he is a symbol.

  2. whig Says:

    And what will we do with him when we get him? Torture him?

    Charge him with murder and/or conspiracy to commit murder.

  3. Bryan Says:

    You charge him like any criminal and send him through the courts like any criminal.

    You treat him just like Timothy McVey.

    Doing anything else enhances his status.

    Throw him in a supermax and forget about him.

  4. whig Says:

    So what prevents us charging him now in absentia?

  5. pygalgia Says:

    I’ve gone through the video (in Arabic and in English), and while it pains me to say it, I think there are several things that should be taken seriously. Multiple posts at my place.

  6. whig Says:

    It doesn’t help to take him seriously. There’s nothing we can do about him if the administration doesn’t care enough to capture him or even charge him with a crime.

  7. whig Says:

    I look at terror threats like earthquakes. Nothing I can do about it if the government won’t.

  8. pygalgia Says:

    True that our current clown posse isn’t doing shit, but I do believe that this guy should be dealt with. Legally is the best choice, but I’m OK with “killed in combat”.

  9. fairlane Says:

    It’s not surprising Bush no longer cares about Osama, that fuck doesn’t care about anything, what’s surprising is that Americans don’t care.

    Wingnuts used to say anyone opposed to this war dreamed of making sweet monkey love to Osama, and now “He’s no big deal. Only commies who are bent on undermining the war worry about him.”

  10. whig Says:

    Bush even flew his family out of the country after 9/11. The Bushes and Binladens go way back.

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  12. OmbudsBen Says:

    I look at terror threats like earthquakes. Nothing I can do about it if the government won’t.

    Well, as politely as possible, and because I know you live not far from a fault line, you do take some earthquake prepardeness measures, don’t you? Water, a radio, batteries, first aid kit, flashlight, etc.? Clothes and shoes close to your bed in case you need to get outside and don’t want to step on broken glass?

  13. whig Says:

    We’ve got water, flashlights, etc.

  14. Chris Dashiell Says:

    Ever since the video released days before the 2004 election, in which Bin Laden was using frickin Michael Moore talking points, I’ve been suspicious, almost convinced that all these Osama tapes are phony agitprop produced by CIA or some other spook group to keep us s-s-scared.

  15. whig Says:

    Phony or not, Tim Osman was a CIA asset for awhile wasn’t he?

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