08 September, 2007

Osama bin Laden Kos-en?

Sorry, but I couldn't resist pointing out this bit from Powerline:

Fourth, the extent to which bin Laden's talk is a pastiche of liberal cliches and conspiracy theories is striking. He obviously has access to our newspapers, and it sounds like he may be a fan of left-wing web sites as well. Thus, "all of mankind is in danger because of...global warming." The Kennedy assassination finds its way into the story: it was ordered by "the owners of major corporations who were benefiting from [the Vietnam war's] continuation."

Speaking of Vietnam: just as the Democrats can't let go of Vietnam analogies, neither can bin Laden. He says--shades of John Kerry!--that Americans "murdered two million villagers" there. Bin Laden goes a little astray, however, when he tries to lay Vietnam at the feet of the "neoconservatives." He describes Donald Rumsfeld as "the most violent of [America's] murderers" in Vietnam. Actually, Rumsfeld served in the Navy from 1954 to 1957, but was too old for Vietnam.

On Iraq, bin Laden reads from the liberal script. Iraq is a "civil war;" America's involvement was fomented by "neoconservatives like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Richard Perle;" "American statistics" say that 650,000 Iraqis have been killed; the justifications for the Iraq war are "based on deception and blatant lies;" the war was "entirely unnecessary, as testified to by your own reports;" war opponents have denounced the conflict in "eloquent terms" like "no to spilling red blood for black oil;" "thinkers" world-wide have predicted the imminent collapse of the "American Empire;" Bush's problem in Iraq is that he "refused to look at the facts on the ground." And, weirdest of all: "If you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing of your war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer in this regard."

I'm starting to think bin Laden is a regular poster on the Daily Kos.

Sometimes you just gotta laugh to keep from crying. But I'd gladly forgo another opportunity to laugh if it meant we had an actual "loyal opposition."