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Depressed Bin Laden thought about Ďal-Qaida' name change, White House says
Yahoo! News ^ | April 30, 2012 | Olivier Knox

Posted on 04/30/2012 12:24:31 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy

Ever wish you could escape your troubles by changing your name and moving away? Well, according to President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser at the White House, Osama bin Laden knew the feeling.

Hunkered down in his Abbottabad compound, bin Laden anguished as al-Qaida suffered "disaster after disaster," encouraged its operatives to flee to areas "away from aircraft photography and bombardment" and even thought about changing the name of his notorious international terrorist network, John Brennan said in a speech on Monday.

Brennan, Obama's Assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, told the World Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington that bin Laden's pessimism was on full display in documents seized from his fortified home in the Pakistani garrison city. West Point's Combating Terrorism Center will display the papers this week.

Bin Laden worried about recruiting terrorist talent as U.S. strikes killed some of his veterans, fretting that "the rise of lower leaders who are not as experienced" would "lead to the repeat of mistakes," said Brennan. Al-Qaida's American-born public relations officer, Adam Gadahn, "admitted that they were now seen 'as a group that does not hesitate to take people's money by falsehood, detonating mosques [and] spilling the blood of scores of people,'" Brennan said in his prepared remarks.

Bin Laden himself "agreed that 'a large portion' of Muslims around the world 'have lost their trust' in al-Qaida," he continued.

"So damaged is al-Qaida's image that bin Laden even considered changing its name. And one of the reasons? As bin Laden said himself, U.S. officials 'have largely stopped using the phrase 'the war on terror' in the context of not wanting to provoke Muslims,'" said the U.S. official.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaida; binladen
Why not? It worked for ACORN.
1 posted on 04/30/2012 12:24:42 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy
"admitted that they were now seen as a group that does not hesitate to take people's money by falsehood",

Yep, ACORN would be perfect and it's not being used now.

2 posted on 04/30/2012 12:27:04 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

That is my first thought: it worked for ACORN!


3 posted on 04/30/2012 12:28:30 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Bubba_Leroy

“Okay, marketing research is showing that the ‘Al Qaeda’ name high unfavorability rating, despite very high name recognition. I propose we rebrand, and I’m talking the whole schlamiel, logo, spokesman, everthing - we call ourselves “Democrats.”


4 posted on 04/30/2012 12:33:23 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Don’t tell me. He wanted Metta World Peace but it was already taken. Same with Ocho Cinco.


5 posted on 04/30/2012 12:34:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

At the very least he wanted a new slogan: YES WE CAN!


6 posted on 04/30/2012 12:35:09 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Seal Team 6 permanently Depressed Bin Laden into Davy Jones Locker.


7 posted on 04/30/2012 12:36:20 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

good point.


8 posted on 04/30/2012 12:36:47 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Bubba_Leroy

And the white house is bringing up bin ladens name up now....why? Could the upcoming election have anything to do with it?


9 posted on 04/30/2012 12:37:44 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Depressed Bin Laden thought about ‘al-Qaida' name change, White House says

Hey, I know!

How about #OccupyJeruselum? Or #OccupyIsrael?

10 posted on 04/30/2012 12:40:38 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

but DNC was already taken


11 posted on 04/30/2012 12:40:38 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Commies —> Marxists —> Socialists —> Liberals —> Progressives. . . .

Osama learned from the best. But for the massive help with misinformation spread by the MSM, the Rats would have a major league branding problem.


12 posted on 04/30/2012 12:50:42 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Anything with “People”, “Children”, or “Diversity” in the title would have gotten the Left to support him... well, more than they already did.


13 posted on 04/30/2012 12:51:58 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Obama for America seems to work too.


14 posted on 04/30/2012 1:14:25 PM PDT by rotstan
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It was thought that because bin Laden had been in that compound without leaving for five years, and with three wives, he called the Navy Seals himself.


15 posted on 04/30/2012 1:26:01 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: SandRat
Seal Team 6 permanently Depressed Bin Laden into Davy Jones Locker.

No, that was O'bama his own bad self.

He just had to move the joystick to the right place and press the X button.

Don't you pay attention to da nooz?

;-)

16 posted on 04/30/2012 1:26:14 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: From The Deer Stand

LOL! I never thought of that, but you could be right.


17 posted on 04/30/2012 1:27:31 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

How about “Disraeli Gears”? That would be a cool name. Or how about Pink Floyd?


18 posted on 04/30/2012 1:31:17 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: Bubba_Leroy

YahoObama! News

Daily doses of propaganda by state controlled media.


19 posted on 04/30/2012 1:46:03 PM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: Bubba_Leroy; a fool in paradise
Hey, why not, name it... uhm, 'FORWARD!'
20 posted on 04/30/2012 1:50:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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World Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington

Must not have been a very big crowd.

21 posted on 04/30/2012 1:56:31 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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World Wilson International Center ?

I wonder if it was named for World Wilson, our 28th President and first internationalist, America second slob to occupy the White House.

22 posted on 04/30/2012 2:04:04 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

His first choice was to rename Al Qaida “Coca-Cola”. He was even more depressed when he found out that was already taken. So he then wanted to try “Mountain Dew” but that, too was taken. Then he thought of “Patriotic Democrats” and he was going to go with that because no one else is using it. Then he got killed. The End.


23 posted on 04/30/2012 4:44:24 PM PDT by JewishRighter (Anybody but Hussein)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

True story...A guy in Pennsylvania is named “Al Caida” in the phone book. Right after 9/11 he was getting death threats.


24 posted on 04/30/2012 5:32:20 PM PDT by mirkwood (subliminal message here)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

League of Extraordinary Beards
iQaeda
Kandahar Ardent Brotherhood Of Orthodox Muslims (KABOOM)
Bad News Beards
Yes We Quran!
“Weird Al” Qaeda


25 posted on 04/30/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT by mirkwood (subliminal message here)
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To: From The Deer Stand
It was thought that because bin Laden had been in that compound without leaving for five years, and with three wives, he called the Navy Seals himself.

Truly, Polygamy is it's own punishment...

As for the new name, ACORN is too generic and not ethnic enough.

Maybe Al ACORN...

26 posted on 05/01/2012 4:42:05 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: mirkwood

Can I haz Kaboom?


27 posted on 05/01/2012 4:43:03 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
A new name?

Hmmmmm?

Hope and Change

Together We Thrive

Winning The Future

Forward

BOHICA (Bunch Of Highly Incompetent Complete Assholes)

28 posted on 05/01/2012 4:51:26 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Haiku Guy
Depressed Bin Laden thought about ‘al-Qaida' name change, White House says

What, to something like الأمل والتغيير تنظيم المجتمع?
29 posted on 05/01/2012 4:56:50 AM PDT by aruanan
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