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Of Sheep and Men

Democrats and Republicans, I'm sure, will be united on this point. No bargaining with bin Laden, and he's still got to answer for killing 3,000 Americans in New York.

But the far lefties ought to pay attention to the other things he said. He was quoting our own far left and Europe's as they have cheered the polls showing Americans support for the war waning, that some Americans want to pull out from Iraq.

There's something that doesn't sit right with me when, on the day Osama Bin Laden resurfaced in a disturbing audio tape, cable television ends up in a game of name calling as a war protester is compared to Osama Bin Laden.

That's reason to be outraged - but even more outrageous is the fact that in a flurry of sound bites what was lost was a real discussion of the fact that more than four years after the devastating attacks of 9/11, more than four years after George Bush boasted we wanted Osama "dead or alive," more than a year after Osama Bin Laden showed his hateful face in yet another video, this barbarian is still very much alive and boasting of additional attacks against the United States.

Kerry is right. The first words out of every Democrat's mouth should be, "Where's Osama?". The first words out of Republican and Media maws have been to compare Osama's words to those of Democrats and to remind Americans that they should be frightened of the big, scary Osama Boogeyman. If Americans are really so scared of Osama and Al Qaeda, why aren't they demanding Bush bring him to justice forthwith? Why did they vote for Bush when Osama was still out there, scaring them? Perhaps because we don't remind them enough. Kerry reminded them during the campaign and the debates, but it wasn't central to the theme.

Personally, I can not think of one single thing, foreign, domestic, economic, *anything* that Bush has done right. Bush is the **anti** Midas. But the most glaring of all failures is the fact that Osama has been left to his own devices.

Not pointing this out will help enable the Republicans to run on the War on Terror again, twisting the truth and the facts to their will through a pliable media.

Iraq is not the "Central Front in the War on Terror" as Bush would like us to believe. Osama is. Anything in Iraq is secondary and consequential of the failed execution of an irresponsible and manufactured war.

Iraq has gone poorly and polling shows a majority of Americans are unhappy. Reminding them Osama is missing will not play into Republican hands, it will point out Republican failure. Unless Americans have this point driven home repeatedly, we might have another disappointing evening in November.

I'm not liberal, I'm just paying attention


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