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Questioning The Timing

Osama is apparently talking again:

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Osama bin Laden warned in an audiotape aired Thursday that his fighters are preparing new attacks in the United States but offered the American people a "long-term truce" without specifying the conditions.

The tape, portions of which were aired on Al-Jazeera television, was the first from the al-Qaida leader in more than a year. It came only days after a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan that targeted bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, and reportedly killed four leading al-Qaida figures, possibly including al-Zawahri's son-in-law.

The usual sources are quick to question the timing of this most recent communication.

JACK CAFFERTY: The last time we got a tape from Osama bin Laden was right before the 2004 presidential election. Now here we are four days away from hearings starting in Washington into the wire tapping of America's telephones without bothering to get a court order or a warrant, and up pops another tape from Osama bin Laden. Coincidence? Who knows.

Video at the link.

I honestly don't know how these people can make these accusations with a straight face. In order for us to take them seriously we have to be willing to believe that our federal government is creating these recordings on the sly and then planting with international sources so that they find their way to a media outlet willing to run with them.

Could this be happening? Sure, could be. Our government could also be hiding the wreckage of a crashed alien spaceship at a secret military installation in Nevada. Of course, there's no credible evidence to suggest that either is true, yet some people believe these things anyway. The problem with one of these situations, however, is that the wild speculation and conspiracy theorizing is being done by professional media journalists (who sould know better) in front of an audience of millions.

That's just not right. If Jack Cafferty and people like him have some credible evidence to suggest that these communications from bin Laden are some sort of government plot (outside of the idea that it is inconvenient for their politics that Americans be reminded of the fact that we are at war with global jihadists) then by all means let's hear it. Otherwise, they should just shut up already.

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Comments (20)

Its all about the Super Bow... (Below threshold)
epador:

Its all about the Super Bowl. Watch out for mad Zepplin Pilots!

From your <a href="http://s... (Below threshold)
mantis:

From your November 17th post:

Let’s see…

In January of 2002 Senator Jay Rockefeller traveled to Syria to warn that country that the United States was planning to invade Iraq.

On June 1st of 2002 President Bush gave a speech at West Point where he communicated to the American people a desire to invade Iraq.

According to former military intelligence officer Bill Tierny he began to notice strange border activity between Syria and Iraq in the late summer/fall of 2002 which was possibly consistent with the transportation of WMD’s.

Coincidence? Who knows. There’s nothing concrete here, but there is certainly enough to start asking questions about what it was, exactly, that Senator Rockefeller was doing in Syria.

Pot. Meet kettle.

Nice coincidence that Jacqu... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Nice coincidence that Jacque Chirac issued his severe threat of using nukes to retaliate against terrorism just before OBL's message threatening more attacks comes out.

I don't know whether to hope this is a coincidence or that our intel is as good or better than Chirac's.

Uh, mantis, that doesn't wo... (Below threshold)
JohnAnnArbor:

Uh, mantis, that doesn't work as a comparison unless you're alleging that we've sent delegations to OBL recently--or ever.

Cafferty is in a pickel.</p... (Below threshold)
jdavenport:

Cafferty is in a pickel.

He can either decide that the U.S. is planting this nonsense...

Or that Bin Laden has been intentionally parroting leftist talking points in an effort to undermine U.S. foreign policy, and therefore the pervasive media bias is actually part of the problem.

He's protecting his world view, avoiding the creeping cognitive dissonance.

Every time Osama releases a... (Below threshold)
Hermie Schwartz:

Every time Osama releases a tape, Jack Cafferty suggests that it's a Bush conspiracy. Perhaps Jack Cafferty is floating these crackpot theories on behalf of Al Qaeda. There's as much evidence to support my Cafferty theory as there is to support his conspiracy theory.

I have to wonder if Chirac'... (Below threshold)
George:

I have to wonder if Chirac's threat to use nukes
might actually encourage Islamicists to attack France.
These Islamicists are not a singular crowd. There
are many factions that hate each other. Imagine,
for example, Sunnis attacking France while leaving
evidence that Shiites did the dirty deed. France
nukes the Shiites and the Sunnis will be dancing
in the streets with zero political ramifications (not
that they really care about that anyway).

Chirac almost seems to be daring them with
the misperception that he will know whom to
retaliate against. These Islamicists are nutters
by our logic. Mutually assured destruction
doesn't deter them. They would probably
consider dying in a nuclear blast the fastest
possible route to those 72 virgins in heaven.

While Chirac does seem to be finally acknowledging
that there is a threat out there, he continues to
show his ignorance in knowing how to deal with it.

I think the obvious solutio... (Below threshold)
JSchuler:

I think the obvious solution to this problem is to have these pundits provide a list of dates where the timing of these videos would not be "suspicious." Given that the media seems intent on drudging up non-scandle after non-scandle for as long as Bush is in office, I'm guessing that means anytime any thing comes out between now and Nov. 2, 2008, will have "suspicious" timing.

Osama and his liberal Stali... (Below threshold)
Mescalero:

Osama and his liberal Stalino-Fascist apologists need to ask themselves what price they will pay if these attacks actually occur.

From where I'm standing at present, several mosques, it doesn't matter if people occupy these edifices of hypocrisy or not, will be burned to the ground!! That reaction by the American people cannot be stopped. The Stalino-Democrats had better take that into account when they try to find ways to justify Islamo-Fascist attacks agains American citizens.

[email protected] mantis... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

@ mantis

Frankly that was an absurd comparison. You compared apples and oranges. Repeat your effort and this time do a better job.

Next time don't be so pathetic and actually put some effort into it.

Was just reading about the ... (Below threshold)
EXDemocrat:

Was just reading about the buddy, buddy relationship between Cuba and Iran. In the article, it was suggested that our government should start talking to the American people about this growing threat. I could not help but snicker due to the fact that, no matter what President Bush or our government says, it is not taken seriously. Not only that, it is then turned around and in some fashion, used against them. Those that seek only their own political gain, that would rather support the terrorists instead of our country or who simply refuse to believe anything that our government says, are playing a very dangerous game at a very dangerous time. Those of us who are trying to keep up with the "rat race" that encompasses our world right now, will never forgive or forget.

It's a move of desperation ... (Below threshold)

It's a move of desperation imho.

Chris
http://amateureconblog.blogspot.com/

Hey, here's a conspiracy th... (Below threshold)

Hey, here's a conspiracy theory for you: the reason lefties are suing to stop the NSA intercept program is fear that they'll be overheard transmitting the talking points to UBL and his crowd so they can get their tapes prepared. Isn't the similarity between the al qaeda party line and the hard left's party line a "suspicious coincidence"? Hey, it makes as much sense as the nonsense the lefty conspiracy nuts trot out.

Have a poll going on which ... (Below threshold)

Have a poll going on which Democrat will be the first to accept Bin Laden's offer of a truce!

Poll Here

haha, libs are like bin lad... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

haha, libs are like bin laden. Why isn't he dead or captured? Then these comparisons wouldn't even come up. Jackasses.

Here's another conspiacy theory since that seems to be the theme. Bush doesn't care about bin laden. Oh wait, that's not a theory, it's a quote.

Hey, here's a conspiracy... (Below threshold)

Hey, here's a conspiracy theory for you: the reason lefties are suing to stop the NSA intercept program is fear that they'll be overheard transmitting the talking points to UBL and his crowd...

Too late. They can be overheard daily on ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN.

Why isn't he dead or cap... (Below threshold)

Why isn't he dead or captured?

Well, Sean, because when the Sudan offered to turn him over the Clinton administration said no. Jackasses.

Well, Sean, because when... (Below threshold)
DUDACKATTACK!!!:

Well, Sean, because when the Sudan offered to turn him over the Clinton administration said no. Jackasses.

Sadly, No!


9-11 Commission report's statement: "[F]ormer Sudanese officials claim that Sudan offered to expel Bin Laden to the United States." But the report immediately continued: "Clinton administration officials deny ever receiving such an offer. We have not found any reliable evidence to support the Sudanese claim."

Furthermore:

Sudan was placed on State Department's list of countries that sponsor terrorist activities -in 1993.


Why isn't he dead or cap... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

Why isn't he dead or captured?

Well, Sean, because when the Sudan offered to turn him over the Clinton administration said no. Jackasses.

Good point. We certainly had our chance and should have taken it. Of course, "bin laden determined to strike in US" was something we should have paid attention to at the time also. Many mistakes were made pre-9/11, but not capturing bin laden since is a major embarassment. And every time he releases a tape, it should infuriate Americans, not become the daily punchline.

I would say the timing h... (Below threshold)
B's Freak:

I would say the timing has more to do with losing some top AQ members in a missile strike recently.




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