Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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.


Anonymous Dave G. said...

It's terrorist propaganda, really, masquerading as an RNC ad. It's about not being able to make any other cohesive argument about the other side than to suggest that they actually enjoy eating puppies and tossing kids out of windows. It's about that subtle.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the donks take an attack serious and dont consider it a law enforcement issue maybe then I will take them serious and go back to voting democrat.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

that's a nice conservative myth, brought to you by the same people who are trying to convince you that the taliban isn't taking over afghanistan (O'Reilly), who says that 91 U.S. soldiers have died this month in Iraq (limbaugh) or that it's questionably anti-troop/anti-American for Paul Bremer to speak his mind (Hannity).

The "reality" among the conservative ranters does not match the reality of the universe. Don't believe the hype.

1:18 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Anonymous said:
"When the donks take an attack serious and dont consider it a law enforcement issue maybe then I will take them serious and go back to voting democrat."

Hey, moron, what was it that captured the Al Queda terrorists in London earlier this year who had planned a widescale U.S. hijacking campaign.
It was purely a law enforcement effort.
Doh! I suppose because it was not a preemptive or otherwise a military action it should not have been utilized (sarcasm).

To capture terrorists you need a combination of well-placed military action, and cooperation between international law enforcement and intelligence sources.* That is the reality.

*Not to infer Bush foreign policy represents a good example here.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

TWOT, anonymous was referring to a purposeful misinterpretation of something John Kerry said during the 2004 campaign.

It was also something that George Bush said, but he didn't use the term "law enforcement," so conservative ranters looked the other way.

Really, this whole line of thought is off subject. The point is that the Bush team hasn't captured Osama, and doesn't expect to do so, but will gladly trot him out when necessary to rally the base. It's B.S., and it shows how scared the Rove-Mehlman think tank is that the Democrats are about to regain the House and possibly the Senate.

2:28 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Republican Hypocrisy is in full force this election season.
Remember the last election?
The Repubs had accused the Democrats of not having a clear message on Iraq.
How about the Repubs now denying they had ever said "stay the course."
We can include all the party's inner dissention on Gen. Casey's withdrawl plans, on Bush's Iraq policy etc.

Further, Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist announced today that GOP hopefuls looking to win on election day must no longer focus on Iraq and terrorism, rather on economic issues.

I seem to recall in the past election Republicans and their MSM enablers chastising the Democrats for focusing on the economy because they could not win an election on Iraq and terrorism issues.
The Republicans are now making this acknowledgment about ---themselves.

2:40 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Good point, Rob. Thanks for setting me straight.

2:42 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

One more comment:
Keith Olbermann observed on Monday that the key to terrorism is not the act, but fear of the act, and therefore, through this ad, the Republicans are only imitating the video tape tactics of Osama bin Laden and his deputies.
Olbermann also reenforced JABBS' argument about the Republican ads only bringing to mind those occasions when Bush dismissed OBL as "somebody he didn't think about" during the past six years he has failed to capture him.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Fearmongering is the NUMBER ONE policy of the repukes not solutions to lower the fear level!!

Fearmongering works on un-educated people and thusly the Republican Party thinks(maybe even knows) there are a lot of idiots in America!!

They know what "No child left behind" is doing to our nation and are trying to taking advantage of it by confusing the un-educated with fearmongering.

Gosh, I vaguely remember having read about this same ideology sometime during my education history and vaguely remember that it worked then as it is working now. I vaguely remember how I was told that to learn history would be heplful in not repeating the same blunders again.

So, now I need to find my college history teacher and tell him I now know that the class was a waste of my time and money.

8:52 PM  

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