Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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From the horse's mouth

So Al-Jazeera released the full transcript of Osama bin Laden's recent video on ther web site today. I picked up the story on CNN:

In the full transcript bin Laden states that part of his strategy is to bleed America into bankruptcy. He cites the guerilla fighters in Afghanistan and how their resistance foiled the Russian army. He says of the attacks of September 11, 2001, "Every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars, by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs...." He goes on to say,
"It is true that this shows that al Qaeda has gained, but on the other hand it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something that anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be convinced."
He talks about how easy it has been to bait the Bush administration and how the desire for oil led Bush into the quagmire that is Iraq.

I remember what I wrote, soon after September 11, 2001: That the best response to the attacks would have been no response. Mourn and rebuild and get on with our lives. Others have echoed the idea that the only thing that changed that day was our perception of the amount of danger we were in.

Now, if this is the full story of al Qaeda's strategy, they're in for a bit of a surprise. A big reason that the Soviets failed in Afghanistan was that the U.S. was upping the arms race during the cold war to the point that they couldn't keep up. So, in that case, we were providing economic alliance to the Afghan rebels/freedom-fighters. So if they think that a similar strategy will work against the U.S. today, they are sorely wrong.

Still, if you look at all the Bush administration has done, it turns out that Osama bin Laden said it well: "And it all shows that the real loser is you," he said. "It is the American people and their economy."

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