Ever notice that those Bin-Laden tapes always seem to pop up when Republicans are in hot water over something?
Osama bin Laden warned that his al Qaeda network is preparing new terrorist attacks in the United States but indicated the group was open to a truce in response to U.S. public opinion against the war in Iraq, according to an audiotape aired by an Arabic television network today.
U.S. intelligence analysts have authenticated the tape, concluding that the speaker is indeed bin Laden, one informed intelligence official told The Washington Post. The official asked not to be identified.
Portions of the tape were broadcast by the al-Jazeera satellite television network.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan, asked about the tape at a briefing, rejected the vague truce offer. He said bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders are "on the run" and vowed that "we will bring them to justice."
Anything short of Bin-Laden's head on a stick doesn't even matter anymore. All this time of beating the drums of war & it has yet to accomplish anything since, oh, 2002 -- and even that is debatable. So these tapes, if anyone is paying attention, should serve as a reminder of failure, not a reinvigoration of politically-convenient panic.
If the hawks out there had some balls, they'd be screaming at their boy asking why the hell this guy is still alive.