Anyone who has read Lawrence Wright's fabulous work "The Looming Tower" knows that there are two parallel stories about Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri and the other leaders of Al Qaeda.
First, they are no doubt sociopaths, but by and large they are zealous fuck ups. I mean they are incredibly determined yet extraordinarily incompetent. Like many criminal enterprises. In fact, he reminds me of Lenin in a way. Lenin was a fuck up all his life, but he was a fuck up with a dream...a dream that required the second thing about him he shares with bin Laden. Which more important than his derangement made him lucky in choosing his enemies.
Second, the people posed against bin Laden have been even bigger fuck ups and in control of far greater resources in which to magnify their gross incompetence. In doing so, they have managed to fuck up so badly even a jerk off, yet determined, bonehead like bin Laden accomplishes his dreams beyond anything he could imagine.
He's like Forrest Gump with a black black heart.
By going apeshit over his attack, rather than taking a deep breath and not acting with broad outrage against needless targets (i.e. bombing the shit out of two [or three] countries) we've managed to accomplish what bin Laden never could have. Damn near destroyed ourselves.
The $700 billion save "us" plan is only the latest massive debt price tag the Bush Administration has tossed out. We've spent that much so far in the needless Iraq War, sold with lies...amongst which was the claim "it'll pay for itself". A line they are trotting out again now that I mention it.
And now, not only do we have two clusterfucked wars started and just as badly managed by Bush at crippling cost we have a last ditch effort to pull the deregulated fat cats out of the fire or WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!
And as ever, what have we managed to do to ourselves that Osama could never otherwise have dreamed of accomplishing?
Ouch, that's bad. (Update, it is also being denied)
BEIJING, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Chinese regulators have told domestic banks to stop interbank lending to U.S. financial institutions to prevent possible losses during the financial crisis, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday.
In some of the toughest language since the crisis worsened earlier this month, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck told parliament the financial turmoil would leave "deep marks" but was primarily an American problem.
"The world will never be as it was before the crisis," Steinbrueck, a deputy leader of the centre-left Social Democrats, told the Bundestag lower house.
"The United States will lose its superpower status in the world financial system. The world financial system will become more multi-polar."
Steinbrueck, whose efforts to secure greater transparency on hedge funds during Germany's G8 presidency last year collapsed amid objections from Washington and London, attacked what he called an Anglo-Saxon drive for double-digit profits and massive bonuses for bankers and company executives.
"Investment bankers and politicians in New York, Washington and London were not willing to give these up," he said.
Bush & McCain asked us to sacrifice nothing at first...while making the rich richer. Now we are to sacrifice all the good will we have built up over the years nationally, and even our hard earned and fortunate wealth -- we'll have to sacrifice now -- because they drove us off a cliff and gave the parachutes to "God's Elect" the rich bastards who are too big to fail. So, there's no choice. That's sacrifice. And yet, they question our patriotism.
As bin Laden would say in his deranged and fortunate dark fantasies that become reality, Allahu Akhbar, indeed.