Skip to comments.The Zawahiri Era
Posted on 08/29/2011 7:43:34 AM PDT by bayouranger
ON MAY 2, 2011, al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden left this world for the next, and the American bipartisan political elitenot to mention the U.S.-Euro war-loving quintet made up of Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, UK prime minister David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozyleapt off the precipice of simple unreality into the rarefied environs of true fantasy. They are behaving as if bin Ladens death has ushered in an era in which the United States and the West will at long last get their way in the Muslim world through diktat backed by military force, which, of course, amounts to making our little Muslim brothers just like us . . . Au contraire.
Since 2001, ten thousand U.S. citizens have died, more than thirty thousand have been wounded or maimed, two U.S. field armies are quitting wars without winning, and the public purse will incur costs estimated at up to $4 trillion when all is said and done. Each component of this laundry list of failures is in one way or another attributable to bin Laden. No individual, moreover, has had a greater negative impact on Americans in the last fifty years. From the way U.S. citizens look at their government (can it protect us?), immigrants (what are they really up to in that garage?) or the police (how secure are our civil liberties?), the assumptions of everyday life have been changed for the worse by bin Ladens words and deeds. At the least Americans will be able to welcome the absence of a man who for fifteen years bombed their cities, ships and embassies; killed their soldier-children; helped ruin their economy; and consistently made asses out of their presidents and generals. But while killing bin Laden is a significant achievement
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I feel as though I met the author of this piece, Michael Scheuer, or his clones, when I was a Poli Sci major at IU in the late 1970’s. He rattles off the same tired old mantras that the left has been spewing since then, and probably for about a decade before that, too. It came from the professors and far too many of my classmates eagerly drank the Kool-Ade.
Make no mistake, Michael Scheuer wants to see the U.S. punished for its militaristic sins. I’m sure he’s pining for the good old days when the USSR was his gleaming city on the hill.
It is not hard to see his frank admiration for Bin Laden.
Destruction is easy. Building is hard.
Shouldn’t there be a barf alert on this drivel?
You do realize that he was the Head of the Bin Laden Group at the CIA before he resigned, right?
I see that he was under the Clinton Administration (1996-1999). It does explain his position pretty well.
I read what he wrote. It doesn’t matter to me what job he had. He’s made his world view quite clear.