Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Alternet: Thanks For The Help, Osama!

By Melissa McEwan
Posted on Alternet at 2:53 p.m. on February 28, 2006,
Re-posted here at 3:45 a.m. on March 1, 2006

Paul the Spud at The Adventures of the Smart Patrol points to this article at CNN, which reports:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Bush said his 2004 re-election victory over Sen. John Kerry was inadvertently aided by Osama bin Laden, The Washington Examiner newspaper reported Tuesday...

“I thought it was going to help,” Bush said.

“I thought it would help remind people that if bin Laden doesn’t want Bush to be the president, something must be right with Bush.”

Paul’s response is perhaps best categorized as decidedly unimpressed.

It was helpful that Bin Laden continues to be a threat, because it helped him get re-elected. He was grateful that his fearmongering techniques worked so well, and Bin Laden is still the monster under the bed, because it helped him get re-elected. He was overjoyed that his attempts to link Bin Laden and Saddam in the minds of Americans worked, because although we “caught” the wrong evildoer, it helped him get re-elected.

As long as Americans are still afraid of the boogeyman, “something must be right with Bush.”

...Now... where is that wacky Bin Laden? Nope, not under here!!!
Argh, etc.

It occurs to me that the one man who has the most power to do something about bin Laden--like, for example, having kept our full attention on him instead of diverting ourselves into Iraq--just shouldn’t have the right to be so bloody cavalier about how bin Laden helped get him reelected.

But that’s just me.

-Melissa McEwan

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