In 2004, a leading critic of the Bush administration issued a stinging critique of the U.S. government's war on terror. He charged that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Bush continued reading to children "a little girl's story about a goat and its butting." The critic insisted that Bush invaded Iraq because of "oil and more business for his private companies." Bush knew Iraq posed no security threat but "the black gold blinded him." As a consequence, "Bush's hands are coverd with blood" and Iraq has become a "quagmire." Yet Bush refuses to change course because of "the enormity of the contracts won by large corporations like Halliburton." Moreover, in the name of fighting terror, Bush has "brought tyranny and the suppression of liberties" through such measures as "the Patriot Act."
Michael Moore? Al Franken? Nancy Pelosi? Actually, it's Bin Laden in his address to the American people on the eve of the 2004 election. In his latest video Bin Laden is at it again, attacking Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and the neocons, and denouncing the role of money in politics. Remove the Koranic references and exhortations to convert to Islam and Bin Laden sounds indistinguishable from Moore. (Alas, Bin Laden forgot to mention that Guantanamo captives get better health care than 9/11 survivors.)
But if Bin Laden has been doing his best Michael Moore imitation, he doesn’t mention Moore by name. He does, however, provide unpaid endorsements for other leading leftists. In his most recent video message, Bin Laden extols the works of the author Noam Chomsky for portraying a correct (i.e. Bin Laden’s own) view of the war on terror. He also directs Americans to read the book Imperial Hubris written by former CIA analyst and Bush critic Michael Scheuer. In his 2004 message, delivered shortly before the presidential election, Bin Laden implored Americans to read the works of author Robert Fisk to get an "unbiased" view of why America was to blame for Muslim woes. And in January 2006 Bin Laden championed the book Rogue State written by William Blum.
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