The latest diatribe from the Just-For-Men Taliban Department is either hilarious or just cracked, whichever way you look at it. Did OBL actually use the term "neoconservative"? Is he really echoing Daily Kos on the wimpiness of the Democrats? Does he really think Richard Perle is that powerful? Or is Terry Jones hiding under that silly hat? I love this Chomskyesque digression:

According to the transcript, bin Laden says there are two ways to end the war:

"The first is from our side, and it is to continue to escalate the killing and fighting against you."

The second is to do away with the American democratic system of government. 

"It has now become clear to you and the entire world the impotence of the democratic system and how it plays with the interests of the peoples and their blood by sacrificing soldiers and populations to achieve the interests of the major corporations."

No Blood For Oil!

The Hewitt-Weimar crowd will doubtless be eager to point out that OBL wants us out of Iraq. Or so he says. So? Do we take our marching orders from al Qaeda? Do we really want our objectives and priorities and judgment to be in any way affected by this religious kook? You could well argue that OBL has every interest in headfaking the US into staying in Iraq's quicksand. But it seems to me that both sides in the argument over the surge would be best to leave OBL's rant alone. It's just a helpful reminder that behind all the smoke and mirrors, there is an Islamic Ted Kazcinski still ranting. He should be laughed at or brought to justice. Bush, alas, has been able to do neither.

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