National Security

Anytime anybody wants to start asking why our big-codpieced preznit hasn’t caught this guy yet, that’d be great:

In the tape posted to the Web site Monday, bin Laden offered the United States a long-term truce but also said his al-Qaida terror network would soon launch a fresh attack on American soil. The tape was initially broadcast Jan. 19 on Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite channel.

Islamic militant Web forums often repost messages from al-Qaida leaders to ensure sympathizers can see them. U.S. intelligence officials confirmed that last month’s tape was of bin Laden — making it his first message in more than a year.

Seriously. Forget North Korea and Iran for a moment (and Syria, and every other place where people generally just don’t like us much). This guy was pissed off at us long before this administration began taking him seriously, and the fact that he’s still free and chasing around releasing tapes is, how do I put this, fucking scary.

That’s what was insane about Iraq: there was no need to manufacture a boogey-man if that’s what they wanted. We’ve got one already, out there someplace, and we’re doing … what, about him, exactly? I don’t mean to endorse keeping America spooked as a strategy, but I am saying, if we must be kept spooked, it’s not like there’s a shortage of shit to be spooked about that actually, you know, exists.

So if unnamed politicians really are looking for a way to seem tough by finding a target to go after, may I politely suggest THIS ONE? Jesus.