OSAMA BIN LADEN: STILL CONQUERING AMERICA?
I have seen estimates that we have spent somewhere in the range of $4 trillion with our "war on terror" that never ends and some would argue we are actually losing.
Obama, a radical Muslim himself if the ring he wears and the actions he has taken mean anything at all, has given us $5 trillion in debt with no signs of stopping. Is the Muslim plan to conquer America been to break us financially? It certainly seems that was Osama Bin Laden's plan, and so far, he is winning, even from his alleged watery grave.- W.E.
Losing the Plot: The Afghan War after bin LadenAbdul Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi, was one of the few journalists based in the West to interview bin Laden, spending three days with him in the mountains of Afghanistan in 1996. Atwan told how bin Laden explained his long-term strategy in a 2007 Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview (8/24/07):
According to Atwan, bin Laden expressed disappointment with the pullout of U.S. troops from Somalia:
In a video message released in 2004 (WashingtonPost.com, 11/1/04), bin Laden recalled his “experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers as we alongside the Mujahedeen bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.” He suggested that it would be easy to do the same thing to the United States:
One prominent exception was Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein (5/3/11), who wrote a column around Al-Qaeda expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross’ contention that bin Laden was “enormously successful”:
What bin Laden learned from his fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan, Klein wrote, was that “superpowers fall because their economies crumble, not because they’re beaten on the battlefield,” and that they “are so allergic to losing that they’ll bankrupt themselves trying to conquer a mass of rocks and sand.”
But, noted Klein, “it isn’t quite right to say bin Laden cost us all that money.... We didn’t need to respond to 9/11 by trying to reshape the entire Middle East, but we’re a superpower, and we think on that scale.” He concluded: “We can learn from our mistakes.”
Rachel Maddow, citing Klein, made a similar argument on her MSNBC show (5/3/11):