Thursday, December 28, 2006

Bin Laden wants Bush re-elected

Most of us are familiar with all kinds of conspiracy theories. This one takes the cake for best imagination. It is not as much a conspiracy theory, as it is a propoganda theory. Whoever would have even imagined that Bin Laden's motives were to get President Bush re-elected, and that the former's propoganda suggests the same. Well, this guys Kilcullen who lectures a course on counter terrorism at Johns Hopkins is the fountain of this idea. Where did I find this?, in a film critic's blog!!

Just as the Bush administration misunderstood Saddam's motives (Why is he acting like he's hiding something? Is it because he's hiding WMD -- or because he knows he'd be gone in a second if anybody knew he didn't have them?), they have also misread the nature of Osama bin Laden's motives, power and strategy for Al Quaeda and global jihad:

Just before the 2004 American elections, Kilcullen was doing intelligence work for the Australian government, sifting through Osama bin Laden’s public statements, including transcripts of a video that offered a list of grievances against America: Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, global warming. The last item brought Kilcullen up short. “I thought, Hang on! What kind of jihadist are you?” he recalled. The odd inclusion of environmentalist rhetoric, he said, made clear that “this wasn’t a list of genuine grievances. This was an Al Qaeda information strategy.” Ron Suskind, in his book “The One Percent Doctrine,” claims that analysts at the C.I.A. watched a similar video, released in 2004, and concluded that “bin Laden’s message was clearly designed to assist the President’s reĆ«lection.” Bin Laden shrewdly created an implicit association between Al Qaeda and the Democratic Party, for he had come to feel that Bush’s strategy in the war on terror was sustaining his own global importance. Indeed, in the years after September 11th Al Qaeda’s core leadership had become a propaganda hub. “If bin Laden didn’t have access to global media, satellite communications, and the Internet, he’d just be a cranky guy in a cave,” Kilcullen said.

Read the article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually, if you read the paragraph closely, Kilcullen is not suggesting this at all. He's just saying he identified bin Laden as having his own propaganda strategy. He never suggests anything about bin Laden wanting Bush re-elected. It's the author of the article (Packer?) who cunningly frames Kilcullen's comment with an unrelated comment originated by Ron Suskind, then follows up with another unrelated statement by Kilcullen to imply (without saying so) that Kilcullen agrees with Suskind. This is the sort of disingenuous stuff that gives liberal mags like the New Yorker a bad name. This guy Kilcullen seems like a pretty straighforward guy, but he NewYorker uses him as a cover for Suskind's moonbat conspiracy theory. Nice!