|October 30, 2004||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
Bush Failed to Get His Man, Osama, And Now the Terrorist is Back
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIALIf ever there was a sign of Bush's failure to fight Al-Qaeda, it was the "October Surprise" of a gloating bin Laden videotape emerging late on a Friday afternoon. Bush had promised in 2002 to get bin Laden "Dead or Alive" -- and he failed. After he failed to get bin Laden again, at Tora Bora, Bush claimed that bin Laden wasn't that important anyway.
Now bin Laden is back, when he should be behind bars. And Karl Rove thinks bin Laden's reappearance should HELP Bush. Yes, Rove is relying on primal, irrational fear to push undecided voters into the Bush "Kool-Aid-Jim-Jones" camp of voters. Rove is hoping people get such a Halloween fright that they will vote for Bush, even though Osama's tape only emphasizes Bush's failures.
Remember when everybody thought that the October surprise was that Bush would produce Osama in chains? But we miscalculated on that one. That would assume that Bush could actually succeed at something besides stealing an election. And, indeed, with just a videotape of a boastful Osama to air, the Bush Cartel has sealed four years of failure with a nail that exemplifies their ineptitude at protecting us.
The Kerry camp was, no doubt, prepared for worse. They shouldn't let up. The tape only emphasizes that Bush, as Kerry noted in the debates, took his eye off the ball and let Osama get away. Bush was too preoccupied with Cheney's dream of controlling Iraq's oil and creating an American military presence to shore up Saudi Arabia by building bases in Iraq. So Osama slipped out the back door.
In the meantime, Osama is still out there, planning terrorist attacks. Our tinhorn Texas sheriff failed spectacularly. He is, to adapt his own words, a catastrophic success at bungling the war against terrorism.
On November 2nd, we have the chance to elect a new sheriff.
And then, maybe Osama won't be popping up to give us Halloween frights. Because Osama and Bush need each other to shore up their political bases.
John Kerry will take care of Osama.
He's combat tested and he won't get distracted by Neocon delusions that have led America into a nightmare of death for our soldiers and 100,000 Iraqis -- and a national debt that we will be paying off for years to come.
He's someone who wouldn't have gone on a month's vacation after being warned of imminent attacks and hijackings by Al-Qaeda in 2001, as Bush did.
He's someone who would have worked to prevent 9/11, not ignore the warnings.
Osama won't like John Kerry, because Kerry doesn't need Osama to stay in power. Bush does.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL