So, if we're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here, but they're "impotent" and can't fight us over here, then we don't need to be fighting them over there, do we?
AP story this morning on Bush's homeland security adviser, Frances Townsend shooting her mouth off on TV yesterday:
WASHINGTON - Seemingly taunting, 's homeland security adviser said Sunday the fugitive leader is "virtually impotent" beyond his ability to hide away and spread anti-American propaganda.
The provocative characterization came just days after bin Laden attracted international attention with the release of a video in which he ridicules President Bush about the Iraq war and reminds the world that he not been captured.
Ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes,aide Frances Fragos Townsend made a clear attempt to diminish the influence — or the perception — of the man who masterminded those attacks.
"This is about the best he can do," Townsend said of bin Laden. "This is a man on a run, from a cave, who's virtually impotent other than these tapes."
I say nobody needs to die to protect us from video tapes.
What is the matter with these people? I know we sometimes think they really want another terrorist attack, but sometimes I think they really want another terrorist attack.
Townsend might as well have said, Bring it on.
There is no logic here, no thought, no concern about the effects of words. Bin Laden, terrorism, the War in Iraq, dead American soldiers, dead Iraqi civilians---none of this means anything to them. They have only one thought, one concern, one goal.
Protect George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from the consequences of their incompetence and their stupid, arrogant, petty rush to war.
General Petraeus is going to go in front of Congress to make the case for continuing the war and continuing it in the exact same way as we've been fighting it the last four and a half years. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and the Bush Leaguers had great plans to exploit our grief and anger all week.
Along comes bin Laden to remind us all that the man who ordered and planned those attacks is still alive, still thriving, still plotting against us and that he wouldn't be if George Bush hadn't let him get away in order to rush us off to his private little war against Saddam.
Looks bad for Bush. Townsend knows just what to do.
Say something, anything, even if it contradicts what you said last week and what you're going to say next week. Just say whatever will distract the Media and the People from the important truth:
Bush and Cheney let the man who killed 3000 Americans six years ago tomorrow and who is still out there plotting to kill more get away so they could rush us off to their private little war in Iraq.
If bin Laden appears on our TVs looking like a threat, they declare him impotent. But when they need him to be a threat to justify their war, then everybody in the Middle East who doesn't like us is al-Qaeda.
From the AP story:
The consensus of the nation's top intelligence analysts is that bin Laden's terrorist network is anything but impotent.
Terrorism experts say the network is regrouping in the lawless Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. The latest National Intelligence Estimate saysis growing in strength, intensifying its efforts to put operatives in the United States and plotting against U.S. targets that will cause massive casualties. The U.S. is in a "heightened threat environment" and al-Qaida is the most serious threat, the analysts found.