Right Wing Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy
by realvalues, Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 04:58:07 AM EST
Osama Bin Laden is a lot of things. A mass murder, a terrorist, and a threat to Americans every where. Bin Laden is not, however, stupid. Osama Bin Laden has to realize that every time he opens his mouth, Bush's poll ratings go up. Bin Laden has to realize that every time he attacks Bush and the neo-cons, the GOP's electoral prospects improve.
Was it any surprise that Bin Laden released a tape days before the 2004 Presidential election? No. Is it any surprise that he has chosen to release a tape now as we enter the 2006 election season? No. The reason is simple - Bin Laden wants, no, Bin Laden needs the GOP to win. He needed Bush to win re-election. He needs the neo-cons to win in 06. He needs American troops in Iraq. He needs a bombastic, trigger happy administration, aided by a neo-con dominated Congress. The war in Iraq, indeed the entire Bush presidency, is a huge recruiting tool for Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.
Does anyone really believe that Bin Laden believes that by attacking Bush and the GOP neo-cons that he would actually be helping Democrats? Give me a break. I wish Bin Laden would release a tape attacking Hillary Clinton and praising John McCain.
Given that it is clear that Bin Laden wants to influence our elections, why in God's name would the right wing pundits aid and abet his efforts? Why would folks like Joe Scarborough do the bidding of Bin Laden? Here is Joe Scarborough last night on Hardball (compliments of Think Progress):
MATTHEWS: Why is he doing it? Why is he trying to track what he picks up in the internet and from the media as the lingo of the left in America, like Moore? Why would he start to talk like Moore? People misunderstood what I said last night. I think he's getting some advice from people, he's getting some lingo, some wordage that he hears working in the United States about this thing for war profiteers and he's jumping on every opportunity. Is that what you are saying Joe?
SCARBOROUGH: Listen, if somebody can't look at the words that Bin Laden said last night and match them up with what Michael Moore said, with what John Kerry said on Face the Nation with he said Americans were terrorizing Iraqi women and children in their homes hat night, which is what Bin Laden in effect said. What Ted Kennedy has been saying. Remember he said after Abu Ghraib that Saddam's torture chambers were turned over to -- chambers were turned over to new management, U.S. troops, that's the same thing Bin Laden hit on.
Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich were also quick to jump in and help to do Bin Laden's bidding. Talk about giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Bin Laden couldn't have paid for better spin than this (compliments of Media Matters):
GINGRICH: I think it's quite clear as you point out, Sean, that from this tape, that bin Laden and his lieutenants are monitoring the American news media, they're monitoring public opinion polling, and I suspect they take a great deal of comfort when they see people attacking United States policies. That doesn't mean we shouldn't be a free society and have open debate, but we should recognize, when some of our politicians use very extreme language or some of our celebrities -- like Michael Moore -- use very extreme language, that the enemy does, in fact, take great comfort from that.
HANNITY: It's more than that. I think it's also the leaders in the Democratic Party that, from the very beginning, have undermined this war. If I were to give you a quiz, Mr. Speaker, and if I would say to you, "You know, was it [Sen.] Ted Kennedy [D-MA], [House Democratic Leader] Nancy Pelosi [D-CA], [Rep.] John Murtha [D-PA] who said, 'George Bush gives continuous, deliberate misinformation. Polls reveal that we want to withdraw from Iraq.' " You would have guessed either of -- any of those. Well, it was bin Laden who said that.
Right wing pundits should stop doing the bidding of Osama Bin Laden. Right wing pundits should stop giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Who knew that Fox News was the new Al Jazeera?
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