Who’s Using Who?

From an ABC interview with Michael Scheuer, former CIA analyst who headed the Bin Laden Unit:

Scheuer: I think one thing we can learn is that he is truly a man of his word. The single most important thing to understand the enemy we face is to review what he said since 1995, because his actions have tracked exactly with his words. If he was a politician in the United States, the Democrats or the Republicans would love him, because he stays on message. He never slips from it. He is entirely reliable in what he is going to say.

One of the most interesting things in post 9/11 America is how the world’s most wanted man is portrayed in so many ways by so many different people. Bush says he hates our freedom. I’ve heard some say he wouldn’t have attacked America if Bush had not been elected (an assertion that is absurd given that he had already attacked the Trade Center once before and attacked the USS Cole in the ’90s and had done the bulk of the planning for 9/11 during Clinton’s watch.)

Some misguided people still claim that he was trained and funded by the CIA and that he even visited the United States in the 1980s (both charges which are untrue, the misunderstandings arise from the fact that the United States did play an indirect role in assisting the Mujahadeen in the fight against the Soviets). Some misinformation seems intentional as different groups try to invoke the spectre of the Al Qaeda leader for their own purposes.

The most blatant misinformation were the claims of an alliance between Bin Laden and Sadaam Hussein. The truth is that Hussein suppressed Islamic militants in Iraq just as hard as he repressed any other group and Bin Laden regarded him as an apostate and enemy of Islam. In this African proverb of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” clearly did not apply.

In this interview Mr. Scheuer contends that the United States is suffering from a fundamental misunderstanding of their target. It is interesting to note that he found it more valuable to resign his post to tell us this rather than to continue in what has so far been an unsuccessful campaign to track him down. The skeptical side of me says all might not be as it seems. It’s understandable that laypersons can still misunderstand Bin Laden in this late hour. It’s not the same for the CIA to do so.

I’m beginning to wonder if the failure to capture him is intentional. They just might need this boogieman to stick around for an ulterior motive, perhaps to justify more dismantling of Middle-eastern regimes. Colin Powell is now making some noise about Iraq mounting nuclear weapons. Another military campaign might be easier to justify with Bin Laden still on the loose. Whatever the case may be the drumbeats of war go on, and it doesn’t look to end anytime soon.

13 Responses to “Who’s Using Who?”

  1. Phelps says:

    One slight disagreement is that I agree that there wasn’t any sort of alliance, but I do think there was a small degree of coordination. I don’t think it was anything specific, just Saddam getting wind that something was planned, and sending an agent (the Prague meeting) to make sure Osama wasn’t planning to step on Saddam’s toes.

    I think that if Osama is still alive and this isn’t a Weekend at Bernie’s, then his last tape is interesting. He’s apparently given up on the whole Caliph thing is just spending his time watching Farfegnugen 9/11. He is absolutely better for us alive, and best for us dead but with the world thinking that he is alive.

    If he is dead, but we don’t announce it, it puts Al Queda in the worst of all worlds. He isn’t there to sign checks and rally the troops (all he ever did anyway), but he isn’t a martyr. If he was alive, he could recruit and rally. If he was dead, his icon could be invoked and they could rally troops around that. With him being in this limbo, they are screwed.

    That was another thing that I remember from his last tape — he was bitching about not being able to recruit. Between that and all the foriegners being killed in Iraq (and I mean non-Iraqis, not non-Americans) it is a pretty good indication that the Bush Doctrine is working.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    I agree and I’ve wondered myself if Al Qaeda would admit he got killed if the US didn’t announce it.

    As an aside I was just wondering who among us knew who Bin Laden was before 9/11 happened. Don’t bother answering Phelps, I know you knew who he was already.

  3. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    I think they would announce his death I think they believe that he will be larger in life than in death. I personally think that once he dies Al-Qaeda will fracture off in to a bunch of splinters. I’m not sure if they will me more or less dangerous once that happens..

  4. Mexigogue says:

    Kind of like this red ship I shot on the Stargate videogame back in the late ’80s. When I shot it it turned into like twenty buzzing little ships that were converging on me. So I used a smart bomb.

  5. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    I remember back in the day when there used to be a stargate game htera and we used to play the hell out of it….That reminds me is that John Mangopalis still still around?

  6. Mexigogue says:

    He ran for something in the last election and got less than a percent of the vote. Hell, his effeminate diatribes about gays should have rated him at least 5% of the vote for comedy’s sake alone! I don’t know if he’s still on TV though. What a character.

  7. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    Dude your blog cut off my post again…It was supposed to say
    I remember when there was a Stargate machine at the corner of Willow and Logan(MLK) and we used to play the hell out of it. Go Mangopolis!!!~!

  8. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    My father-in-law had an interesting take on the Iraq war. He is an old African man and his take suprised me. He siad that the fighting in Iraq kept all that shit bottled up there and away from the streets here in America. Say what you want about the war but those arn’t American houses, businesses or churches getting blown up!

  9. Mexigogue says:

    Once when we were teenagers we taped a quarter to a string and put it in a Stargate game and kept lifting and lowering the same quarter in the machine and we ended up with like 30 credits on Stargate! That rocked! I lasted for like a whole 45 minutes!

    (I kind of sucked at that game)

  10. Ghandi from the "D" says:

    Very good dialogue on this subject. I truly believe the IQ of the Blog increases when I don’t participate. DAMN!!

    What a maroon!

  11. Ghandi from the "D" says:

    Have a great day in K-Zoo again! Mike I want to see you get some big draws tonight on the pool table!

  12. Mexigogue says:

    I lost a game to Ken yesterday where I needed to draw the cue back about 5 inches to get position. It came back like two feet. I’m like ok now I need to learn control.

  13. Phelps says:

    I only had a passing knowledge of OBL pre-9/11. I knew a lot more about al-Zawahiri and Ramsi Yousef and the Iraqis, though. And Yassir, the Babe Ruth of international terrorism.