Old News, But Still Relevant: Bin Laden wanted to Bankrupt the U.S.

The damage done on September 11, 2001 is extremely small compared to the amount of damage the Bush Administration has done to the U.S.  From advocating torture, to suspension of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, the President and his cronies used this tragedy as a catalyst for private gain.  We are now experiencing tremendous losses and economic problems that will haunt us for decades.  The Bush Administration is more than than any terrorist could hope (or pray?) for. 

Courtesy of Digg, I recently ran across an old post from CNN.com: Bin Laden: Goal is to bankrupt U.S.  The entire article is worth reading in that it really outlines the true magnitude of damage caused by our so-called leadership.  Some of the better quotes:

“We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah,” bin Laden said in the transcript.

“All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al Qaeda, in order to make generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving anything of note other than some benefits for their private corporations,” bin Laden said.

“Every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars, by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs,” he said. “As for the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.

The total U.S. national debt is more than $7 trillion. The U.S. federal deficit was $413 billion in 2004, according to the Treasury Department.

“It is true that this shows that al Qaeda has gained, but on the other hand it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something that anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be convinced.

“And it all shows that the real loser is you,” he said. “It is the American people and their economy.”

While bin Laden is clearly no saint or hero, his words couldn’t be much more true.  The only puzzling part is how Americans have wholeheartedly swallowed this perceived threat of terrorism.  Even today, it’s evident that many people thing that we should continue the “War on Terror”.  Sadly, the real enemy is a lot closer, and there are quick, safe, legal methods of removing him.


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