Dead Man Won’t Stop Talking
Yet another “Osama bin Laden” audiotape appears, ranting about Barack Obama.
Why doesn’t anyone ever ask: if this is really bin Laden, why doesn’t he ever appear on video like every other Al Qaeda freakazoid?
A new audio tape from Osama bin Laden criticizes President Barack Obama for planting seeds of “hatred and vengeance toward Americans” and warns of “new long wars.”
The tape, aired on Arabic news network al Jazeera Wednesday, blasts the U.S. president for his role in Pakistan’s military operation against Taliban forces in the Swat Valley. The message came as Mr. Obama touched down in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of a Mideast trip to shore up diplomatic relations in the region.
U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the authenticity of tape but said “there’s no reason at this point to believe that any specific or credible threat is contained” in the message, reports CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer.
“There has never been a fake bin Laden tape,” a U.S. counterterrorism official told CBS News. “In the past, he has timed the release of the messages to major events. So it’s unsurprising that he chose this particular week.”