Talking Points Memo’s Joshua Micah Marshall has “skimmed” the OBL transcript and concludes that OBL and President Bush “are tacit partners in creating the world in which we now live.”
This conclusion despite OBL’s exhortation:
People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of the tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven’t made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there, which has led to the vast majority of you being afflicted with disappointment.
And here is the gist of the matter, so one should pause, think, and reflect: why have the Democrats failed to stop this war, despite them being the majority.
No matter how strained a reading Josh Marshall can conjure up, bin Laden thought the Democrats were to be his partners in creating the world he wants to live in.
UPDATE: I read the entire OBL missive on air tonight because of my theory that it is part of media’s job to make sure that the “thinking” of our enemies is available for easy consumption.
Their are many arresting parts of the message, but this one is particularly bizarre:
In the Vietnam War, the leaders of the White House claimed at the time that it was a necessary and crucial war, and during it, Rumsfeld and his aides murdered two million villagers. And when Kennedy took over the presidency and deviated from the general line of policy drawn up for the White House and wanted to stop this unjust war, that angered the owners of the major corporations who were benefiting from its continuation.
And so Kennedy was killed, and al-Qaida wasn’t present at that time, but rather, those corporations were the beneficiary from the killing. And the war continued after that for approximately one decade. But after it became clear to you that it was an unjst and unnecessary war, you made one of your greatest mistakes, in that you neither brought to account nor punished those who waged the war, not even the most violent of its murderers, Rumsfeld. And even more incredible than that is that Bush picked him as secretary of defense in his first term after picking Cheney as his vice president, Powell as his secretary of state and Armitage as Powell’s deputy, despite their horrific and bloody history of murdering humans.