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Posts Tagged ‘Osama Bin Laden’

Gitmo Conviction

Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008

Weeping as the verdict was read, Bin Laden’s old driver Salim Hamdan was found guilty of terrorism, not conspiracy, by a six-member military tribunal.  Since he was only convicted on the first count, he’ll probably just have his stay at Gitmo extended for the rest of his life. 

US troops found him in a car in Afghanistan in November 2001 with two SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) in his car… but he claimed only to be a simple mechanic.  Perhaps a jury in LA would have bought that, but not this tribunal.  Wait, that could be sooner than later!

The MSM is all about the “split” nature of this decision and not the progress of having the trial produce a conviction in the first place.  Granted one only needs a majority of the tribunal to bring a conviction, but it’s a good start!  Despite the spin, I think this decision is great.  I think that bringing these trials earlier would also have had the effect of keeping terrorism in the news, while quieting the critics.

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Finishing the “Real War” in Iraq

Posted by Ryan on July 17, 2008

There’s this story going around the AP this morning which indicates that some soldiers are longing to go to the “real war” in Afghanistan, as Iraq is becoming the more quiet of the two battlefields lately.  With violence against Coalition troops in Iraq on pace to be the lowest in years and the Dems even having to accept the Surge’s success, this story reveals two major points in my opinion: 

1.  Our soldiers are awesome, ready for a fight wherever they happen to be sent, even longing for a chance to kill the bad guys.  As professional soldiers, soldiering is their job, so I’m very glad they take pride and have enthusiasm for their work. 

2.  The AP and the MSM are essentially embracing the Democrat’s position on Iraq, that the “real” bad guys are in Afghanistan and that the fight there should be escalated quickly.  This has been their narrative for five years, stating that Iraq was a distraction from the real War on Terror, even though Bin Laden himself believes that Iraq was the central front in the War on Terror.  What does he know, right?  Nonetheless, it’s a position designed to attack Bush and the Republicans on their strongest electoral issue historically, dealing with terrorism, and it’s obviously transparent and won’t work with flip-flop Obama as their spokesman.

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Obama Bounced

Posted by Ryan on June 17, 2008

Usually a Presidential candidate who has just received their party’s nomination gets a traditional “bounce” in the polls in the weeks following their success. 

However, Obama has not received such a bounce:  the same bounce that had Mondale up by 20 in 1984 and Dukakis up by 17 in 1988.  The bounce may be delayed, happening after the DNC in Denver this summer, but Democrats have usually jumped far ahead of Republicans at this point.  Or, using the same example of 1984 and 1988 trouncing of those candidates, maybe the polls have gotten better and these numbers will hold through the Fall. 

Obama and McCain are still within the margin of error in many polls nowadays, and Obama is still having trouble getting many SWMNBN supporters two weeks after she suspended her campaign.  Even the Lefties at ABC see this as a problem

It’s early, but McCain has an opportunity here in my opinion: a campaign which has so much internal party mending to do and even defends habeas corpus for Bin Laden is definitely not going to get a bounce from the American electorate. 

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Osama Has Bin Relevant, Not So Much Anymore

Posted by Mike on March 19, 2008

How the mighty have fallen. In 2001, Osama Bin Laden actively and openly led a sophisticated international terrorist network that was disciplined, organized, well-financed, supported by evil regimes, and successful in carrying out terrorist attacks on American soil. After President Bush responded to the September 11 attack with a multi-pronged strategy including two wars, international law enforcement cooperation, and the freezing of terrorist financial assets, Osama Bin Laden became less relevant with every passing day.

Back in 2001, Bin Laden was undoubtedly shocked when the nation he viewed as a paper tiger actually followed through on its rhetoric for the first time in about eight years. Fortunately for the civilized world, the War on Terror forced Bin Laden to abandon his active leadership role in Al Qaeda so he could hide under a rock somewhere. Unfortunately for the civilized world, he never assumed room temperature and always managed to stay on message when he found a way to release his words to the public. Sure, his days of successful planning were over, but his terrorist pep talks were always relevant, focusing on topics such as Iraq, Madrid, or London. These days, the messages are less frequent, more irrelevant, and simply bizarre.

Today, on the fifth anniversary of the opening of the War on Terror’s Iraq front, Bin Laden revealed just how pathetic his existence has become. Seven years ago, Bin Laden actively led a terrorist organization that successfully planned and funded an attack on American soil that killed 3,000 innocent people and destroyed two of the tallest buildings in the world. Today, he can barely peak out of his cave and when he finally does, the best he can do is to whine about the Pope and demand better cartoons.

I pray that the civilized world keeps up with its progress in the War on Terror because although Bin Laden is marginalized like never before, he is like a dangerous cockroach who will always be a threat until vaporized. May Bin Laden’s next message be his last will and testament.

UPDATE: I should have read Ace of Spades before posting today. He thinks “today’s” message was Bin Laden’s last will and testament, and has 80s music for your enjoyment.

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