Bush Needs Bin Laden Free and Alive

November 1, 2006 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Afghanistan, America, American politics, Democracy, Democrats, Iran, Iraq, King George, Muslim, Republicans, Santorum, Straw Man, War on Terror | 2 Comments

I don’t think I’ve made this point strongly enough. Bush needs Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist organization to be free and alive and active in order to make his political points for Republicans.

Bush is out campaigning for Republican Congressional candidates, and one of his biggest messages is:

“The Democrat approach on Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win, and America loses,” he said.

“The Democrat goal is to get out of Iraq. The Republican goal is to win in Iraq,” he said. “You cannot win a war unless you are willing to fight the war.”

Here’s the kicker though. Where would Bush be if it weren’t for terrorists attacking America? Where would Bush be if it weren’t for the threat of terrorism still prevalent on America? Bush needs terrorists to continue threatening America in order for him to stay in power. He needs them so he can claim through straw men that his political opponents cuddle up with terrorists. That’s the real irony. Take 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq out of the picture and what do you have? Bush would certainly not have won re-election in 2004.

What is worse is that Bush uses terrorists to attack his political opponents without realizing that bringing up the fact that the threat is still very real means it is HE who in the past five years, has failed to stop the threat of terrorism. Why is Osama Bin Laden still alive? I asked that question on LDSLinkup’s political boards as my first thread, with nary an adequate answer. The question should still be one to be asked of Bush and his supporters, especially since they use Bin Laden in their ads to attack Democrats. Why would you show your ineptitude in catching the mastermind behind the worst attack in American history?

A Los Angeles Times op-ed states:

Part of the Republican playbook consists once again of conveniently confusing the war in Iraq with the post-9/11 war on terror. The disingenuous formulation remains: Criticize the war in Iraq and you’re a Bin Laden sympathizer. Voters seem to be growing tired of such manipulation. Who knows, they may even notice that Al Qaeda’s leader, in fact, has not been captured — except in the video montages of Republican campaign ads.

The op-ed states earlier:

As the 2006 campaign draws to a merciful close, the only idea national Republicans seem to have left is that, when in doubt, accuse Democrats of being a bunch of terrorist-loving wimps. But as the boy who cried wolf learned the hard way, fear-mongering has its diminishing returns.

The strain of escalating demonization is starting to show. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a former GOP wunderkind now scratching for his political life, absurdly accused his opponent, Bob Casey Jr., this week of “aiding and abetting terrorism and genocide.” This after airing a commercial in which Casey was shown next to Kim Jong Il and a mushroom cloud. An ad titled “The Stakes,” produced by the Republican National Committee, features Osama bin Laden and his minions threatening more attacks.

and who can forget Senator Frist actually recommending we allow the Taliban to be a part of the Afghanistan government! Talk about insulting the troops!

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) last week characterized Democrats’ Iraq strategy as “waving the white flag and surrendering.” This just weeks after the spectacularly opportunistic retiring majority leader (who can forget the good doctor’s “I’ve seen the video” second-guessing of Terri Schiavo’s diagnosis?) concluded that the war in Afghanistan can’t be won militarily.

Bush and Bin Laden need each other. They feed each other’s flames. Bush needs Bin Laden to stoke his conservative base. Bin Laden needs Bush to start wars in the Middle East to prove Bin Laden right in the eyes of Muslims. It was Bin Laden who claimed many many times that the West, especially America, was interested in simply conquering the Islamic world. Under Bush, America has invaded TWO Muslim nations, has threatened two others (Syria and Iran) and has supported Israel’s bombing of another (Lebannon).

Do not be surprised to hear more out from Bush, the Republican National Committee and Republican Candidates about how voting for Democrats is voting for Bin Laden, their own creature they simply cannot afford to actually catch or kill. To do so would wipe out their only fear-stoking political tool.

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  1. And this is coming from someone who supports the party that said “Bin Laden is just one man, he isn’t important to the war on terror.”

    Will you guys pick a side please? How can you charge Bush for not wanting him dead after you are the ones that told Bush he’s only one man and doesn’t matter?

    And of course, your view that Bush doesn’t want him dead is only further evidence of your dishonesty.

  2. And this is coming from someone who supports the party that said “Bin Laden is just one man, he isn’t important to the war on terror.”

    Huh? Who said that?


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