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Playing into Bin Laden's Hands...

Hard not to feel that in Iraq, we haven't been playing right into Bin Laden's best hopes. As the Reuter's news piece says:

"President Bush on Tuesday asked for more than $80 billion in new funding for military operations this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, shattering initial cost estimates and pushing the total for both conflicts to nearly $300 billion so far.

The money -- which the White House acknowledged would push the federal deficit to a record $427 billion -- will be used in part to repair and replace equipment for U.S. troops and to equip three new Army brigades."

When I look back at the October 2004 Bin Laden tape, where he says:

"We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah...We, alongside the mujahedeen, bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat...[it is] easy for us to provoke and bait this administration...

...Every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars, by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs... As for the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars. ...[As for Bush] the darkness of black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America.

So the war went ahead, the death toll rose, the American economy bled, and Bush became embroiled in the swamps of Iraq that threaten his future."



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