Tuesday, September 12, 2006

It's been FIVE YEARS!

All right, Mr. President. You've had five years. You promised "dead or alive". Now where the f^$#! is Osama bin Laden?!?!?

Commander Codpiece on the five-year anniversary, showing his stellar 'logic':
"Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq [and I sure ain't admittin' to any, yaknow...], the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone."
<*BZZZZT!!!*> Wrong. The worst mistake would be if we don't pull out -- after 2670 dead soldiers and counting, and $300B down the drain -- and the terrorists won't leave us alone. That means we've squandered a sh*tload of money and the blood of our sons and daughters for nothing. And, sadly, that seems to be what happened. Maybe we'd have been better off if we never went in; we'll never know ... but we could hardly be any worse off.

Now, once again, Mr. President: Where the f^$#! is Osama bin Laden?!?!?

Update (thanks to Think Progress):

Dubya answered my question. From the Weekly Standard column linked by Think Progress (I won't link them directly; go click through if you're interested), here's Fred Barnes:
WE NOW KNOW WHY the Bush administration hasn't made the capture of Osama bin Laden a paramount goal of the war on terror. Emphasis on bin Laden doesn't fit with the administration's strategy for combating terrorism. Here's how President Bush explained this Tuesday: "This thing about . . . let's put 100,000 of our special forces stomping through Pakistan in order to find bin Laden is just simply not the strategy that will work."

Rather, Bush says there's a better way to stay on offense against terrorists. "The way you win the war on terror," Bush said, "is to find people [who are terrorists] and get them to give you information about what their buddies are fixing to do."
Ummm, wouldn't that "find people [who are terrorists]" include bin Laden?!?!? And while we have him, we can also try him for what he and his buddies did do. Added little bonus on this particular 'head'....

It gets worse....

Fred Barnes continues:
Bush talked about his strategy in the fight against Islamic jihadists in a 95-minute session in the Oval Office with seven journalists. At the outset of the interview, which occurred the morning after his speech to the nation on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Bush declared: "I've never been more convinced that the decisions I made are the right decisions."
Can we impeach him now? Or should we just invoke the 25th Amendment....

4 Comments:

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed the link to the strawman fallacy in your response to me on Unclaimed Territory.

I have commented often on the discussion boards over there in years past. Now I don't post much - I used to have a fundie wife and needed the emotional support. She's no longer fundie.

Now, I am surrounded by HWSNBN supporters, so I hang on liberal blogs for a respite. :-)

Bryan Hayward

 
At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Josh said...

Bush may have a point that it would be very difficult to capture Bin Laden now. Of course, he shouldn't have fucked up his first chance five years ago.

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Arne Langsetmo said...

Bryan:

I used to be an "AA" regular (before Google banned me from posting on UseNet and I discovered blogs as being more interesting for most discussions). Oh. Not that "AA". "alt.atheism"..... ;-)

Cheers,

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger Arne Langsetmo said...

Josh said:

Bush may have a point that it would be very difficult to capture Bin Laden now.

Yes indeed. I've noticed how such facts keep people's names off, for instance, the "FBI Ten Most Wanted"....

To be sure, I think a lot of people have, for unfathomable reasons, some kind of admiration for "results-oriented" people. But if we point out that one of these people got the touch-down by moving the goalposts, maybe we'll see some change for the better.

Cheers,

 

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