Kevin McCullough

OK, quiz time. Tell me who said this:

Insurgents are winning the conflict in Iraq and [be] warned that security measures in the West and the United States cannot prevent attacks there.

And tell me who offered up this gem:

The idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong.

But before you answer, consider this one as well:

The U.S. Army is broken, worn out, and living hand-to-mouth from fighting in Iraq. They may not be able to meet future military threats to this country's security. They're barely getting by.

All three quotes come from significant political figures who have in recent days shared a piece of the American psyche via their willing accomplices in the press. It should come as no surprise that one of them is the world's most hunted terrorist, and the other two quotes come from his "useful idiots" in the War On Terror. Yes, one of the people quote above is America's most hated enemy, but the other two, are supposed to be given the benefit of the doubt as to whether or not they love our country.

But look at how closely the messages resemble one another. Is there the smallest amount of daylight between the positions of the three?

The first quote comes from Osama bin Laden's most recent audio tape – which surfaced yesterday. Any guess as to what else popped up on there?

One of the items dealt with Bush's "falling poll numbers." And that was followed up by this dandy:

I am directing my message to the American people after polls showed that an overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq but [Bush] opposed that desire.

Think he's watching CNN?

The other two people I quoted at the top of this column were Howard Dean, the head of the Democratic Party, and John Murtha a Democrat and a sitting U.S. congressman. Both reflected Osama bin Laden's tone, rhetoric and substance in their messages as well.

So a fair question to ask is: "Do they share the substance of the rest of Osama's message?"

Do they think we should take him up on his ''offer'' of truce?

We do not mind offering you a long-term truce with fair conditions that we adhere to. We are a nation that God has forbidden to lie and cheat. So both sides can enjoy security and stability under this truce so we can build Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been destroyed in this war.

Get that? So that he – Osama – can "build" Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been "destroyed" by the way.

I think he's not quite shooting straight with us. I happen to have the audacity to think that some 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq sort of like having their freedom for the first time in 30 years. I also happen to think that seeing girls be allowed to go to school sends shivers up and down Osama's increasingly shrunken spine.

I suppose it is Osama's place to make the offer of truce – he, after all, was the one who authored the fatwa that started this whole mess. But I'm also inclined to think we should hold out for an absolute surrender as opposed to saying, "OK, here's Afghanistan and Iraq for your troubles."

Can we all at least agree that on the very surface it appears that the left in this nation have once and for all been exposed for being the terrorist cheerleaders that they have always been?

What would you like to wager that Dean, Murtha, Kennedy, Kerry and the rest will figure out how to make Osama's offer of truce something that Bush should actually consider? I mean, in their minds Osama can't be any more dishonest than any of them ... and look how well they are able to work together.

Oh, and the one part of Osama's message I actually do put some stock in? His stated desire is to nuke us all to "you know where." He has uttered such visual word pictures before and, on at least one occasion, we got caught flat-footed and left having to pick up body parts of our loved ones in three different states.

Complete surrender or death by choice – these options and nothing less for the terrorists and those who help them.

Hey even though most leftists wouldn't go for it, I think most Americans would agree it has served us well in the past!