A partial translation of “Osama bin Laden’s” video is here. I said on Kudlow and Cramer this afternoon that reports of bin Laden’s speech made it sound as if he had absorbed the Democrats’ talking points quite well. Reading the speech, or excerpts thereof, reinforces that thought:
I am surprised by you. Despite entering the fourth year after September 11, Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you, and therefore the reasons are still there for a repeat of what happened.
Bush is hiding the truth: a central theme of the Democrats in general, and Michael Moore, their intellectual leader, in particular.
God knows it did not cross our minds to attack the towers.
He [Bush] adopted despotism and the crushing of freedoms from Arab rulers and called it the Patriot Act under the guise of combating terrorism. . . .
It’s Ashcroft’s fault. Where do you suppose he got that?
It never occurred to us that the commander in chief of the American forces would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone at a time when they most needed him because he thought listening to a child discussing her goat and its ramming was more important than the planes and their ramming of the skyscrapers. This gave us three times the time needed to carry out the operations, thanks be to God. . . .
This is, of course, pure Michael Moore. Obviously bin Laden has seen Fahrenheit 9/11, or at least heard about it from other terrorists who have seen it. Just as obviously, they approve of Moore’s movie.
Do you suppose there are any Democrats honest enough to be embarrassed that Osama bin Laden has enthusiastically adopted their campaign themes?
UPDATE: In one respect, bin Laden failed to follow John Kerry’s talking points. Bin Laden knows he is in a war; he said: “O American people, I am speaking to tell you about the ideal way to avoid another Manhattan, about war and its causes and results.” That’s “war,” w-a-r.
John Kerry, however, can’t quite bring himself to acknowledge the war that the terrorists have so unequivocally declared. In his statement today he said: “…we are all united in hunting down and capturing or killing those who conducted that raid and we always knew that that was Osama bin Laden.”
Those raids can be such a nuisance.
Thanks to reader Brick Smith for pointing out Kerry’s “raid.”