Saturday, October 16, 2004

Bin Laden Dead?

Bin Laden has not been heard from since the battle of Tora Bora. There have been a couple of undated videos released, but no solid proof that he is living, much less directing Al-Qaeda. Powerline has posted a link to a relatively new blog called Froggy Ruminations. The propriator of that site, Matthew Heidt, argues that Bin Laden is pushing up daisies:

You hadn't heard? Well, I'm not breaking news, President Bush knows damn well that UBL has been dead for quite some time. But why would Bush keep it to himself? If he were to disclose his knowledge that UBL is dead he would blow John Kerry's doors off in the election, and yet he remains silent. Why?

Maybe you're wondering how I know he's dead. Perhaps one of my SEAL buddies let me in on the secret? NO. I know because a publicity whore and grandstanding scumbag like UBL could not possibly resist the multitude of opportunites to inspire his cult members. His number 1, Zwahiri, has appeared on video or audio broadcasts every few months since 9/11. UBL has not been heard from since Tora Bora despite developments in the GWOT in Afghanistan and Iraq that make it unthinkable for him to have remained silent. Not to mention successful attacks in Bali, Madrid, Turkey, and Jakarta to name a few that remain unremarked upon by UBL. The invasion and occupation of an Islamic state by the US and not a word. Elections held for the first time in Afghan history, and he had nothing to say about it in the lead up. AQ tried once early on to air a tape that never mentioned key developments in the Afghan campaign and was quickly discredited as an attempt to put one over on his followers by airing a previous recording. Zwahiri decided that it was better to just pretend that UBL was alive because there was no plausible martyr story to tell. UBL went out running for his life like a coward. He is dead. His remains are turds shat by scavenging animals in the mountains of Afghanistan blown by the wind and stomped on by US troops.

By why not make it public? After all, this is the one thing that could ensure the President's re-election. Have you noticed how coy DOD officials and high ranking officers are when the question is posed? They know. They certainly have intelligence to this effect. Of course, the President could have instructed subordinates to start saying that intel indicates UBL is dead. This would have put pressure on him to prove otherwise by issuing a statement which he is clearly unable to make. This process could have started 6 months ago, and if UBL did not answer, it would in effect prove the case. But it didn't happen. Why not?

This is what most people believe to be true. Even if Bin Laden is alive, if he is incapable of leading al-Queda or inspiring the terrorists hoardes he is as good as dead as far as the war on terror goes. The points made by Froggy Ruminations are spot on. It is very likely that John Kerry also knows that Bin Laden is dead, yet he persists in his arguement that the president took his eye off the ball, Bin Laden, with the invasion of Iraq. Just another integrity test that John Kerry loses.

(Via Powerline)

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