Osama bin Laden, or at least someone purporting to be the Al Qaeda leader, issued a new audio tape message on an Islamist website taunting President Barack Obama and blaming Israel for the current War on Terror.
Osama bin Laden made several references to Israel, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and the Jews. He suggested that the Obama White House had not changed the strategy in the War on Terror from that of President George W. Bush because of the influence of “pressure groups.”
Osama bin Laden seems to have two purposes, according to analysts, in issuing the latest audio message. First he attempted to raise the rhetorical heat about Israel and the Jews. Al Qaeda has never succeeded in launching a terrorist strike against Israel, despite its constant chest thumping rhetoric about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Second Osama bin Laden attempting to exploit increasing weariness with the War on Terror among certain groups in the United States, especially liberal Democrats. The war weariness is especially ironic, considering how the Left has maintained that Afghanistan is the “good war” and Iraq is the “bad war.” The Iraq conflict has been all but won, permitting refocused attention on Afghanistan. Yet, just as they did with Iraq, the Left is making noises about abandoning Afghanistan to its fate, presumably a reconquest by the Taliban.
Most analysts suggest that outcome would be an unmitigated disaster for the United States. The Taliban regime in Afghanistan provided a safe haven for Al Qaeda to launch the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The initial invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 was designed to eject the Taliban, deny Al Qaeda a safe haven, and form some kind of stable, pro western government in the country.
The counter insurgency campaign in Afghanistan has been grinding on for eight years, which includes Predator strikes against Al Qaeda and Taliban targets in the Waziristan area of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. The Pakistan military has conducted an on again off again campaign against terrorist forces within its country, hampered by the fact that elements of the Pakistan government and military are sympathetic to the terrorists.
President Barack Obama has proposed a large increase of American troops in Afghanistan, in effect a surge such as the one that succeeded in Iraq. Congressional leaders of Obama’s own party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Carl Levin, have expressed opposition to this surge, just as they did to the Iraq surge.
Ironically, President Obama’s warmest supporters for the war in Afghanistan include the likes of former Governor Sarah Palin and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Source: Bin Laden warns U.S. on Israel ties, Andrew Hammond,Reuters, September 14th, 2009