April 16, 2010

Osama, where are you?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 2:03 pm

As President Obama escalates the war in Afghanistan, and anywhere between 24 and 53 percent of your federal tax $’s are spent on defense, let’s not forgot about one of the boogeymen that got us in this mess in the first place. Where’s Osama Bin Laden?

Besides a tape that Bin Laden supposedly made a few months ago that was so poorly produced that even the corporate media gave it little attention, we have not heard much from the arch-nemesis of western capitalism. Thus far in 2010, a nuclear arsenal, 11 aircraft carrier strike groups, 14 Trident-class nuclear submarines, 21 B-2 stealth bombers, a $75+ billion intelligence network and about 100,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan have failed to flush Bin Laden and his dialysis machine out of a cave.

Last November, staff members for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Democratic majority prepared a report at the request of the chairman, Sen. John Kerry. According to MSNBC, the report states categorically that bin Laden was hiding in Tora Bora when the U.S. had the means to mount a rapid assault with several thousand troops.

The report, however, seems to overlook the fact that bin Laden was suffering from diabetes, Hepatitis C, and an “untreated lung complication” and would have had to have “walked unmolested” out of the rugged mountains of Afghanistan under the surveillance of “thousands” of special operations troops with at least one kidney dialysis machine in tow. The report also does not mention that electricity to power a dialysis machine may be difficult to generate on the move through the mountains of Afghanistan.

The latest report also ignores numerous reports in both mainstream U.S. media and international media that bin Laden is probably dead. In Jan. 2002, Pakistani president Gen. Pervez Mushharraf said in an interview with CNN, “I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a … kidney patient.” The BBC reported on July 18, 2002 that the FBI’s counter-terrorism chief, Dale Watson, says he thinks Osama bin Laden is “probably” dead. Afghan president Harmad Karzai concurred when he said on CNN’s Late Edition on Oct. 8, 2002, “I would come to believe that [bin Laden] probably is dead.” Before Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, she also said bin Laden is dead. Janes reported in Dec. 2002 that “bin Laden was never on the annual list of Islamist extremists issued by the espionage and security services” of Israel.

With our economy in shambles, our deficit and national debt skyrocketing, our infrastructure crumbling and our military stretched to the limits, Americans must ask themselves: Is this one man really worth it, especially considering the real possibility that he may already be dead? Why is our military really in Afghanistan? Is it because of “terrorists” like Bin Laden or because of an oil and natural gas pipeline that was being planned when Harmed Karzai was a Unocal consultant? Is it possible that the U.S. government, with the help of the mainstream media, is scaring the American people into prolonging a war that can only have one outcome – exiting Afghanistan?

One thing is certain, if Osama bin Laden’s intent was to destroy this nation, he did a nice job of it – thanks to shortsighted leaders in this country that failed, and continue to fail to see the long term implications of a perpetual war for private energy company profits, or chasing what may amount to be nothing more than a long-dead boogeyman.

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