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February 12, 2003

Noted Arabist Neal Pollack has provided his own translation of the latest “Osama bin Laden” tape:
Also, we are definitely teaming up with Saddam Hussein to destroy America. Ever since the infidel American forces began blowing up our caves in October 2001, our first priority has been a partnership with an unstable secular dictator whose wholly illegitimate government will crumble within six weeks in the face of the largest global military action since World War II.
That certainly would be my first move. [07:42 AM]
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Jaquandor ::: (view all by) ::: February 12, 2003, 12:36 PM:

The administration's logic since the OBL Tape came out has been...tortured, I suppose would be a good word. I get the feeling that, if OBL had sung the praises of Jack the Ripper in the tape, the administration would now be insisting that we invade London's West End.

Hal O'Brien ::: (view all by) ::: February 12, 2003, 10:20 PM:

"...an unstable secular dictator whose wholly illegitimate government will crumble within six weeks in the face of the largest global military action since World War II."

Unless, of course, said dictator has been boning up on the tactics of Gen. Paul Van Riper, USMC, and manages to drag out the conflict a teeny bit longer than six weeks by sinking a few of our carriers.

But, as Ethel Merman sang, "There's NO confidence like O-verconfidence..."

Chip Hitchcock ::: (view all by) ::: February 12, 2003, 11:58 PM:

Hal -- that's a fascinating report. Reminds me of the story that the Japanese wargamed Midway beforehand, and cheated when none of the paths they could find led to victory; has anyone seen solid info on this?

James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: February 13, 2003, 05:18 PM:

I find that very hard to believe. The US won at Midway through a combination of superior cryptanaylsis (which the Japanese did not suspect, and so could not have factored into their wargames), and astounding good luck. Midway was an ambush; only if the gamers had run ambush scenarios would there have been a question of losing at all.