Isn't it odd how every time another major scandal pops up for a member of the Bush regime, say, Donald Rumsfeld incurring the wrath of retired generals or--more recently--having been exposed as raking in $5,000,000 in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu (the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human pandemic of the disease), Osama bin Laden oh so conveniently pops his head out from under his rock?
Which brings me to the following train of thought:
Why the hell hasn't the Bush regime done a damned thing to capture bin Laden? How come the only time we ever seem to hear from the terrorist leader (bin Laden, not Bush, though both are terrorist leaders) is when some bit of scumbaggery by a member of the Bush regime is reported in the mainstream press? A bit that is big enough to lower the ol' poll numbers that much further?
With the Bushies trying to scare up support for yet another needless Middle Eastern war against a country that poses no threat to the U.S., and little things like a state legislature using a little-known rule to try and bring up much deserved and too long in coming impeachment proceedings against the Shrub, it is kind of convenient bin Laden's voice should once again surface to frighten everyone into submission.
And that leaves me wondering why.
I suppose the answer is that a perpetual bogeyman is great for scaring the public into following whatever shit-crazed insanity you want them to follow; George Orwell pretty much nailed that on in his book, 1984. As long as bin Laden roams free, there is always a convenient excuse to remain bogged down in Iraq, go to war against Iran and take away more of our civil liberties--all in the name of "national security."
2006 is a critical year for the GOP. If Democrats find their spine and enough voters are turned off by Republican corruption and criminality to hand control of Congress to the party now in opposition, the Bush regime's days are most assuredly numbered. If Democrats control the House, John Conyers (the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee) will become chair and bring forth impeachment proceedings.
And so, in tandem with more electoral fraud, the old scare tactics are brought out.
The Bush regime could find, capture or kill bin Laden if they wanted to. But they don't, and they won't because that would mean their biggest and most powerful tool for frightening the public into submission would disappear.
Must be nice, having your own personal bogey-man to drag out whenever you've done something incredibly corrupt or criminal.
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