Friday, January 20, 2006

Karl Rove: Make Security the Issue in 06

OK, I'm game. Let's do it.
CNN: Embattled White House adviser Karl Rove vowed Friday to make the war on terrorism a central campaign issue in November and said Democratic senators looked "mean-spirited and small-minded" in questioning Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

With Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri, Mullah Omar, and the Anthrax mailer all still free to attack us again. With the unjust war in Iraq, US torture practices, and the reckless killing of innocent people fueling even more hatred for the US around the world. How is it that Bush has made us any safer?

Al Zawahiri Releases Audiotape; U.S. Media Mum
by georgia10 @ dailykos

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, the media couldn't wait to break out their flashy "breaking news" graphics to cover bin Laden's audiotape, but a new audiotape by Al Qaeda's #2, Al Zawahiri, has gone relatively unnoticed. ...

In an update on the Pakistan strike, Zawahiri's brother-in-law and a "bomb maker" for Al Qaeda were purportedly among the four terrorists killed in the strike. But confusion still surrounds the issue, as that claim is not based on any physical identification of the bodies. The corposes of the 4 terrorists could not be found at the scene. Today, some 8,000 took to the streets in Pakistan in protest of the strike. Protestors chanted "Death to America" and "Jihad is our way."

Bush has declared he "wasn't concerned" about the man about murdered thousands on Sept. 11th. And now, faced with the embarrassment of not catching bin Laden or Zawahiri for five years now, the government spin has been minimizing their importance (from a 4/2005 article):

U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday that they do not disagree with Musharraf's assessment that bin Laden's trail has gone cold over the past several months.

However, the officials also said that bin Laden no longer has day-to-day operational control over al-Qaida.
Bin Laden acts more like a non-executive chairman of the board rather than the chief executive officer. Similarly, his No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, also appears to be operating less like a chief operating officer, the officials said.

Bin Laden's trail went cold 10 months ago and he's on tape making fresh threats against us. Zawahiri wasn't killed in the airstrike, and now he's also on tape taunting us. Karl Rove said today Republicans plan to make security the issue in 2006.

Guess what? So do we. (Emphasis mine)

OpEdNews: We are now almost four and a half years post 9/11, and once again, Usama bin Laden is grabbing the headlines with the release of his latest threatening audiotape.

It is utterly horrifying that bin Laden still, after all this time, has the ability to strike terror in our hearts with his threat to strike our nation's heartland.

Additionally, we are incredibly disturbed to learn that even with the use of his illegal domestic NSA spying program, President Bush first learned of the bin Laden audiotape, along with American citizens, as it was being aired on national television.

We have over the course of the last three years continuously, respectfully and stridently disagreed with President Bush's sentiment on the importance of capturing Usama bin Laden. The President's unsettling statement regarding Bin Laden on March 13, 2002, "I don't know where he is. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him ... I truly am not that concerned about him." seems to illustrate that this Administration did not understand our enemy nor the threat that they posed.
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