Should We Be Scared Of Osama Bin Laden? RNC Ad Suggests "Yes," Even Though President Has Implied "No"
The Republican National Committee unveiled an advertisement on Friday featuring the image and words of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and a warning to voters that "these are the stakes" in the Nov. 7 election.
The ad, first shown on its Web site and scheduled for airing on cable television this week, also includes images of Al Qaeda fighters in training and other Al Qaeda leaders.
"What is yet to come will be even greater," the ad quotes Bin Laden as saying, before concluding with the words: "These are the stakes. Vote November 7."
It's perhaps the most hypocritical advertising campaign in the history of American politics.
Consider that while the RNC wants Americans to be scared of Bin Laden, it's the Bush Administration that has been at the helm for five-plus years, while Bin Laden remains at large.
Consider that while the RNC wants Americans to be scared of Bin Laden, it was President Bush who said that Bin Laden had been "marginalized," and that he was "not that concerned" with Bin Laden.
Those comments came on March 13, 2002. That's roughly six months after the Al Qaeda attacks on the United States. If Bush wasn't "concerned" about Bin Laden then, why is the RNC now using the threat of Bin Laden to scare Americans?
Consider that while the RNC wants Americans to be scared of Bin Laden, the CIA last year closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Bin Laden and his top lieutenants. Of the decision, Michael Scheuer, a former senior CIA official who was the first head of the unit, known as Alec Station, said: "This will clearly denigrate our operations against Al Qaeda."
"These are the stakes," the ad says. I couldn't agree more. If Americans want Osama Bin Laden to be brought to justice, for Al Qaeda to be dismantled, and for fearmongering to end -- not just from Al Qaeda, but from our own government -- they must vote Democrat.