When bin Laden appeared last October, he was trying to influence our Presidential election. As we pointed out at the time, his video was drawn largely from Fahrenheit 911, and it accurately reflected the American left’s talking points. While the television reception where bin Laden is hiding isn’t very good, someone obviously feeds him information gained from Western media.
Once again, bin Laden’s familiarity with Western news media is reflected in the latest audiotape:
[W]hat prompted me to speak are the repeated fallacies of your President Bush in his comment on the outcome of US opinion polls, which indicated that the overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of the forces from Iraq, but he objected to this desire and said that the withdrawal of troops would send the wrong message to the enemy.
Bush said: It is better to fight them on their ground than they fighting us on our ground.
In my response to these fallacies, I say: The war in Iraq is raging and operations in Afghanistan are on the rise in our favour, praise be to God. The Pentagon figures indicate the rise in the number of your dead and wounded, let alone the huge material losses.
To go back to where I started, I say that the results of the poll satisfy sane people and that Bush’s objection to them is false.
Reality testifies that the war against America and its allies has not remained confined to Iraq, as he claims. In fact, Iraq has become a point of attraction and recruitment of qualified resources.
Based on the above, we see that Bush’s argument is false.
However, the argument that he avoided, which is the substance of the results of opinion polls on withdrawing the troops, is that it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land and for them not to fight us on our land.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that things are going very badly for bin Laden and al Qaeda. Where does he turn for hope? To American opinion polls–which, of course, he reads very selectively. Still, think how encouraging it must be to him to read about calls for withdrawal from Iraq by Congressmen like Jack Murtha. It’s hard to see much daylight between Murtha’s position and bin Laden’s: we’re losing in Iraq; the American people are tired of the conflict; Iraq is a breeding ground for terrorists; and al Qaeda is less likely to attack us if we just give up and go home. Given his isolation, bin Laden could be excused for believing that he’s just one Congressional election away from salvation.