With friends like this . . .

I know it’s terribly, terribly insensitive of me, but I can’t help being amused by Osama Bin Laden’s latest diatribe, warning against the disastrous potential consequences of global warming and blaming—who else?—the United States for “climate change” and all other horrors environmental (Bin Laden blasts US for climate change ). I wonder if Al Gore will be meeting with bin Laden to enlist his further cooperation in the fight to prevent armageddon. After all, the earth itself is in the balance …

In one address, bin Laden hit for the cycle, naililng each one of the leading doctrines of the anti-American, environment-worshipping, anti-capitalist, progressivist left. One gets a distinct vision of the great statesman sipping an organic (and "fair trade" of course) coffee between paragraphs of his peroration.

First, the world is soon to be destroyed, thanks to global warming. Bin Laden: "The effects of global warming have touched every continent. Drought and deserts are spreading, while from the other floods and hurricanes unseen before the previous decades have now become frequent."

Next, it's America's fault, for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol and being the patsy of big corporations, who are, says bin Laden, "the true criminals against the global climate" and are to blame for the global economic crisis, driving "tens of millions into poverty and unemployment."

Thus, he nails another leftist bromide: corporations have caused the global recession (why entities that sell goods and services would want to create a climate where customers cannot afford to buy goods and services remains unstated in this great economist's announcement).

What's the solution to the crisis? Boycott America of course. Bin Laden wants the "wheels of the American economy" to be brought to a halt. "This is possible ... if the peoples of the world stop consuming American goods."

He goes on, "We must also stop dealings in the dollar and get rid of it as soon as possible. I know that this has great consequences and grave ramifications, but it is the only means to liberate humanity from slavery and dependence on America."

In case you're having trouble following this great thinker's line of, er, thought, he is saying that America and big corporations are destroying the environment and have devastated the world's economy. The way to protect the world economy from further damage is to send it into absolute ruin by boycotting all things American.

Bin Laden's new approach is to appeal to the nobler instincts of the "world community." Apparently, cutting off heads and slaughtering innocent men,women, and children hasn't sold well. "People of the world, it's not right for the burden to be left on the mujahedeen (holy warriors) in an issue that causes harm to everyone," he said. "Boycott them [America, corporations, everything] to save yourselves and your possessions and your children from climate change and to live proud and free."

How inspiring. Perhaps Chris Matthews got a tingle up his leg.

There's more. It's not just America and the big corporations that spawn evil, but a particular culprit is--what else--big oil. "The world is held hostage by major corporations, which are pushing it to the brink," he said. "World politics are not governed by reason but by the force and greed of oil thieves and warmongers and the cruel beasts of capitalism."

"Reason"? This from the murderer of thousands.

Being sure to include all the villains that the left requires in our political drama today (good ole Katrina and George Bush), bin Laden, in the spirit of a true fanatical leftist--or a Congressional Committee--calls for the "punishing and holding to account" of corporate executives, adding, "this should be easy for the American people to do, particularly those who were effected by Hurricane Katrina or those who lost their jobs, since these criminals live among them, particularly in Washington, New York and Texas."

To put it midly, it strains credulity to think that this "new" bin Laden (eco-friendly social justice activist) will take off. Would anyone dare ask his greatness if he ever considered the "carbon footprint" created by the explosion of four jetliners loaded with fuel, and the implosion of two hundred stories of steel and concrete?

Can a cave-dwelling jihadist who would like to bomb the world back to the stone age be taken seriously when he advocates environmental protection and economic development?

Then again, anyone sophisticated enough to have diagnosed all the world's ills so penetratingly must be given his due. America bad, capitalism bad, corporations bad, big oil bad, Katrina bad, Bush bad.

Now that I think of it, maybe there's a Nobel Peace Prize in this clown's future.

Posted by Jack Romano at January 31, 2010 11:29 PM
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You realize that bin Laden has been dead for years now, right?

Posted by: Rhinehold at February 1, 2010 3:00 PM
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Dead or not, J&C love to raise the old canard that Al Gore is Bin Laden.

The sad truth is the Republicans have stranded themselves so far out on that right wing, without their favorite boogie man, they just come off as a bunch of nuts. The Republican party, as evidenced by this laughable nonsense, are Bin Laden’s biggest cheer leaders. Yeah, team!

Posted by: gergle at February 1, 2010 3:04 PM
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oops, wrong Jack. Sorry. Welcome Jack Romano. Wear your flack jacket.

Posted by: gergle at February 1, 2010 3:07 PM
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Posted by: Rhinehold at February 1, 2010 3:11 PM
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Bin Laden is now officially a has-been: “I’m going to go out on a limb here,” says Juan Cole in Informed Comment, and say that the tape isn’t genuine and, moreover, that “it demonstrates that Bin Laden, whether he is dead or alive, is now irrelevant.” The tape isn’t his style, thematically or tactically. If by some chance it really “is Bin Laden, it is a pitiful Bin Laden trying to stay relevant by grandstanding and stealing others’ thunder.”

I am just guessing that the news was getting slow or uncomfortable for someone so a new tape had to be regurgitated to get people talking about something else. Anyone buying any of this scare me a bit, they are every bit as responsible for pushing for the further destruction of our individual liberties as Obama’s New Deal II is…

Posted by: Rhinehold at February 1, 2010 3:20 PM
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So two different FBI heads have verified the authenticity of recordings? Big Conspiracy.

I don’t dispute that it’s a possibility that the recordings are fabricated from old stuff, but I doubt that the FBI is lying through two administrations.

I think he’s just fine. I think he’s becoming more and more irrelevant as we begin not to overreact to his blatherings.

Posted by: gergle at February 1, 2010 5:18 PM
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BTW, when developing conspiracy theories, one should keep in mind Nixon couldn’t keep his own staff under his control, even Bush/Cheney had problems with people telling the truth.

Posted by: gergle at February 1, 2010 5:19 PM
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I’m with you, I think Bin Laden is dead as well. Even if he is alive he is irrelevant.

Posted by: eric at February 1, 2010 8:06 PM
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So, has BHO taken credit for OBL’s death?

Posted by: Tom at February 1, 2010 8:15 PM
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Why not. He takes credit for the good things and everything else is Bush’s fault.

Posted by: eric at February 1, 2010 8:18 PM
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Actually Jack, OBL’s adoption of the left’s rhetoric word-for-word should be alarming to liberals for the simple fact that it is anti-american in essence. The question is how does the left actually perceives their own rhetoric in light of this.

Posted by: eric at February 1, 2010 8:25 PM
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If authentic, this is just another salvo in the historically well documented saga of love and hate between the right and bin Laden.

As in 2004, bin Laden has sided with the enemy, the liberals.

The implication being that if our most hated enemy is siding with the liberal agenda then the liberal agenda must be every bit as bad as the right is portraying it, nothing less than the destruction of America and freedom, and to avoid this fate the Republicans must be returned to power.

Posted by: jlw at February 1, 2010 8:35 PM
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Bin Laden (or whoever is doing the talking for this old goat) play to this kind of thing. They feed off Western ideas.

You know that Islamic radicals are essentially parasites on the body of civilization. If they really succeeded in bringing down the West, they would run out of money shortly after.

I just have to tell an old joke about the end of the world. You can update it as you want.

God appears to Reagan, Brezhnev and Begin and tell them that the world will end in a week and they should tell their people.

Reagan goes before the American people and says, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is that we have absolute confirmation that God exists. The bad news is that world will end next week.”

Brezhnev goes before the Politburo and says, “I have bad news and worse news. First, God does exist and we Marxists are in a heap of trouble. Second the world will end next week.”

Menachem Begin speaks to his party and says, “I have good news and better news. First, God exists and second there will never be an independent Palestinian state.”

Posted by: Christine at February 1, 2010 8:55 PM
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Good one Christine.

This goes to show that the old adage that enough monkeys banging on enough typwriters will sooner or later crank out War And Peace, still holds water. The US does put an unnecessary and larger share of CO2 into the atmosphere than anybody else. Its also true that Big Oil has fought any attempt to reighn in our profigate energy consumption and mis-directed our forign policy for generations. This is not news. Its reality.

Posted by: bills at February 1, 2010 10:01 PM
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Bin Laden is a night mananger at a 7-11 outside of Barstow.

Poor Bin Laden lost the best ally he ever had when GWB gave up the presidency. Not only did GWB help knock off one of his enemies, Saddam Hussain, but he gave credence to his accusations that the US wanted to conguer the Holy Lands. This helped recruitment tremendiously. GWB also gave Bin Laden the respect of declaring war instead of treating him and his thugs as the criminals they are. No wonder Bin Laden did not seriously attack the US when GWB was in power. Why ruin a good thing?

Posted by: bills at February 2, 2010 6:26 AM
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Stalin,on his death bed,writes two letters to his successor,Krushev, with instruction to only open them when all else has failed. Krushev goes along for awhile and then 5 year plan after plan falls apart. There is rioting in the streets. He opens the first letter. It says,”Blame it on me”. He does.Statues are pulled down . Stalin’s tomb is closed etc. It works.Things calm down. After a time the whole place is falling apart again. Krusheve,at wits end,opens the second letter. It says,”Write two letters.”

You started it.

Posted by: bills at February 2, 2010 7:45 AM
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Six more weeks of winter the republicants blame the President and Al Gore.

Posted by: Jeff at February 2, 2010 9:50 AM
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The Republicans are playing right into Bin Laden’s hands.

Bin Laden knows the hatred he inspires. He knows Republicans love to fearmonger off of him, and he surely must know that Republicans like to beat up on their counterparts for being terrorist sympathizers.

So he starts aping the talking points of the Democrats. Why? Well, it should be obvious. He enjoys watching Americans destroying each other and tearing their country down around their ears on account of his provocation.

The Republicans think that by riffing off of this stuff, they’re doing their good deed for the day, when in fact they’re giving aid and comfort to an enemy who simply wants us to lose control of ourselves and our emotions.

Calm down, Mr. Romano. The best ways to deal with subversive agitators like Bin Laden is to ignore him. Reacting to his BS just serves his purpose.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at February 2, 2010 11:10 AM
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bills, good one.

Stephen, I was just having fun with this. I couldn’t resist. I don’t think we have to worry about OBL reading my little submission on watchblog and taking any comfort from it.

My rather lame attempt at satire does, like actually good satire, make a point, I hope, about how easily our own political rhetoric (in this case on the left but my side is hardly exempt)can lapse into such ridiculous levels of hyperbole as to become a sort of parody of its very self.

Posted by: Jack Romano at February 2, 2010 12:03 PM
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Jack Romano-
Your problem here with trying to get this interpreted as satire is that your party’s completely sincere rhetoric these days has a tendency to overtake most people’s idea of what is outrageous, and satire depends on people understanding that you’ve gone so far that you can’t possibly be serious.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at February 2, 2010 12:21 PM
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Stephen, bin Laden’s rant exposes how ridiculous the global warming alarmist/fanatics come accross in their own right.

I understand that those of you who may subscribe to the global warming hype might not like attention being called to this reality, but sorry I am not playing along.

You are asking me not to swing at a hanging curve ball, right over the middle of the plate.

Posted by: Jack Romano at February 2, 2010 12:41 PM
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Yea, the talking points of Democrats and Republicans. Your a commie lover, your a nazi, your a terrorist lover, your a tax and spender and your a borrow and spender.

Government reality is a reflection of citizen reality. We have bought into the good life of corporate capitalism. It has turned us into hedonists, greedy and materialistic beyond our means. We just can’t get enough stuff nor borrow enough to get it and as a result, we have allowed out government, both Republican and Democrat to use our tax dollars to help our corporations join in an unholy union with a totalitarian dictatorship that calls itself a Communist Peoples Republic.

We are making this totalitarian dictatorship wealthy beyond their wildest expectations and it will soon be wealthier than us. Because our hedonism is so insatiable we have been borrowing from this totalitarian dictatorship to the tune of 100’s of billions and the totalitarian dictatorship is begining to dictate to us.

If we continue down the hedonistic road we are on and our Democrats and Republicans continue talking their talking points, we will become just like a third world country, with severe austerity measures placed upon us so our government can borrow more money to keep operating.

Is that already happening? Did we begin applying severe austerity measures on to middle class and the lower working class in the 1980’s?

Posted by: jlw at February 2, 2010 1:00 PM
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Jack Romano-
Here’s one thing you should say to yourself whatever Bin Ladent puts out in one of these statements:

Bin Laden doesn’t give a ****.

Bin Laden is not trying to save the world from global warming, nor deal with the financial crisis, or anything else like that. He says what he says to screw around with our heads, to encourage kneejerk reactions.

Bin Laden clearly wants to harm us, so I don’t trust that what he’s said is meant to be a fair and non-disingenous critique of our country’s mistakes.

So: **** him. I will believe Climate change is a problem because that’s the consensus of those who know what they’re talking about. I’m up to speed on the science, and while nothing is ever completely certain in climate science, there are no reliable models that explain the changes we have seen in the environment without factoring in CO2 from human sources. If Bin Laden wants to use that against us, then I will have another reason to seek a sustainable, economically feasible vision of tomorrow for energy in America. Hell, his terrorism, funded by what we pay for what goes to our gas tanks, ought to be reason enough to kick our addiction to fossil fuels.

I will believe that the current regulatory environment on financial institutions is a crock of **** because of what I have learned about the underpinnings and causes of 2008’s financial disaster, not because Bin Laden taunts me about it. I want changes, because like most good little capitalists, I would rather make money than not make money. But if we want to stick it to Bin Laden, take that market and reform it, so that across the world, people have the confidence to do business once again, without worrying what next economic Tsunami is going to swamp them.

In short, Bin Laden’s going to poke at our sore spots, what we know we should be doing better at. Your response is going to be to try and exploit what this bastard says to tar and feather Democrats. Mine will be to ignore Kaftan Caveman and look to my country’s best interests.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at February 2, 2010 3:40 PM
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I certainly don’t claim to know what Bin Laden thinks or cares about, but being that he is likely a true believer in his cause, I don’t think that is likely an accurate statement. While I think he is someone who the world could do without, and that Muslims would be the largest beneficiaries of his demise, he may well give a ****, just not about America or Americans.

My point is one of his best selling traits to fundamentalists is his dedication to his cause. That his maniacal methodology is completely corrupt and insane will be his eventual downfall.

Posted by: gergle at February 3, 2010 12:27 AM
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