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September 8, 2007

bin Laden's Statement and Vietnam

-- by Dave Johnson

From Osama bin Laden's recent statement,

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 his 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 major corporations who were benefiting from its continuation.

And so Kennedy was killed...

Actually, while Kennedy continued the military advisers that Eisenhower had sent to assist the South Vietnamese government, the Vietnam war got going after Kennedy was killed in November, 1963. The Gulf of Tonkin incident, which provided a pretense for for direct U.S. involvement, occurred in August, 1964. Rumsfeld was Gerald Ford's Secretary of Defense, beginning in 1975.

But bin Laden justifies his attack on the U.S. by saying we allowed Bush to pick Rumsfeld and Cheney, "despite their horrific and blood history of murdering humans" in Vietnam.

Later, bin Laden says,

So in answer to the question about the causes of the Democrats' failure to stop the war, I say: they are the same as the reasons which led to the failure of former President Kennedy to stop the Vietnam war.
The mind of a murderer.

Update - On PBS' Newshour yesterday "conservative" David Brooks repeated the right's talking (smear) point that bin Laden sounds like leftist bloggers:

You read this thing, and it’s like he’s been sitting around reading lefty blogs, and he’s one of these childish people posting rants at the bottom the page, you know, Noam Chomsky and all this stuff.
Lefty bloggers don't get so many facts wrong.

Posted by Dave Johnson at September 8, 2007 1:16 PM

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The Bush Administration and Osama bin Laden mutually support each other, as pretended enemies. ObL is there to make Bush opponents look bad or silly.

On the other hand, remember what happened to Panama and Manuel Noriega when Noriega insulted Bush Sr. once too often.

Posted by: John Morrison [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2007 2:34 PM

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