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September 23, 2006

Bin Laden Dead?

Both the Saudi and French intelligence forces are saying that Osama bin Laden is either gravely ill or dead.  The reports add that he appears to have contracted a "water-borne disease", likely typhoid, and was unable to get proper medical attention.  Time Magazine has the story.

Some of the national bloggers have noted that Bush has been talking a lot about bin Laden again, after barely mentioning him for years.  They had postulated that this election cycle's "October surprise" would therefore have to do with catching bin Laden.  The news of bin Laden's illness and death, if true, will certainly  get a lot of air time but I can't quite see how Bush is going to benefit from it.  It may be that the timing of the release of the information got away from Rove.   French fries, anyone?

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 23, 2006 at 07:54 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

Comments

Bush has known about this report for weeks.

cui bono? The two questions arise:

1. Who benefits from continued suppression of this story?
2. Who benefits from leaking this story at this time?

Posted by: Vigilante | Sep 23, 2006 8:04:19 AM

For me the question always goes back to how would the world be different today if we'd not be so obssessed with the commies? We were in Afghanistan to get even with the Russkies for Nam, would a few generations raised under Atheism as the official state religion been such a terrible thing? How bout if Iran could have kept thier sorta Socialist president and nationalized the oil, how terrible could that have been? What if Bush had not reacted to 11 September in such a predictable way, now he's done more to inspire GeeHadYees than Osama did in a lifetime and beyond his own claims what evidence has ever been presented connecting Osama to anything and why has just bout every other nation on the planet had more actual success in prosecuting terrorist than we?
I think voters, rural and otherwise are smartin from havin been had and ain't fallin for that Fear and Queers line again. Like any deeply closted homophopic homo KR must have been really shaken by the prospect of prison and is much off his game.

Posted by: david edwards | Sep 23, 2006 8:35:29 PM

Fascinating. Dying of typhoid certainly would be hard to spin as a "victory" in the War on Terra.

Posted by: Jon Stahl | Sep 23, 2006 9:55:46 PM

David,

I agree. There's a fascinating book called, "Charley Wilson's War" about how we worked with the Afghanis to take down the Russians in the late 80's. It probably did contribute to the demise of the Soviet Union but it also has led to the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda and the attacks of 9/11 and our subsequent miring in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And Iran drives me crazy. Ahmadidenijad (sp?) was only elected as a reaction to Bush and the targeting of Iran.

Posted by: Lynn | Sep 24, 2006 9:37:05 AM

Lynn,Having myself been a junkie playboy lookin for a cause could give my life purpose can symphatize with Charly Wilson. The book I'd like to make a movie of is All the Shah's Men, our overthrow of the democraticly elected goverment of Iran and return of the Shah, an event most Americans seem oblivious to but very curent for the revolutionarys took our embassy and Ahmadidenijad(sp)? one of their leaders.
One lesson for those who want to bring about regime change is that it does not require invasion and ocupation and for the dictators who do not want to get displaced it's good to ban labour unions and keep a thumb on the press

Posted by: david edwards | Sep 27, 2006 11:05:06 AM

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