Observation: Osama Bin Laden Dead ... Died Laughing

A half-joking, half-serious discourse.

(After all, whether he is dead or not is not really an issue.
There are plenty of others taking his place
--- and he may have succumbed to the carpet bombing.)

(2007 Oct blog post)

! Preliminary ! First draft. A few links to references may be added.

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In case you didn't know, Bush DID claim he was
on a mission from God, in almost those very words.

Osama Bin Laden is dead. He died laughing ... about 3 years after the 9/11/2001 tragedy of the twin towers, New York City.

OsamaBin died soon after the following became obvious to him ... Bush was going to be spending more than 10 billion dollars a month, that is, more than 120 billion a year (more than a tenth of a trillion a year) in Iraq and Afghanistan in response to an action that cost the terrorists on the order of $100,000 --- in flight lessons and in room-and-board.

It became clear to Osama that this spending was going to go on ... year after year after year.

On top of that, the 911 "perps" were more economically conservative than a House Republican. They kept their costs down. They did not even have to pay for their weapons of deadly destruction. They used hi-jacked planes and the hi-jacked fuel to perpetrate their deadly and dastardly deed.

These thoughts were too much for Osama's lungs to take. He was laughing so hard he could not breathe. Cause of death was asphyxiation from extreme laughter.

No wonder he laughed so hard. Consider this.

Note that 100,000 dollars is about one one-millionth of the 100-plus billion dollars spent yearly by the U.S. on the war. This fraction is far less than one-tenth of one percent --- in fact, the fraction is about one-ten-thousandth of one percent. And that is a one-time cost being compared to an annual cost. Osama and his buddies must figure that they got more than one million to one leverage on their investment. That's a heck of a lot better than any Wall Street manager has done.

The total cost of the war to the U.S. was fast exceeding half a trillion dollars in 2007. That must keep smiles on the faces of millions of U.S.-hating Muslims ... and help keep them going when things are tough. Especially the projections that the war will cost at least 2 trillion dollars.

This financial cost testifies to the military and financial wisdom of Bush and his advisors, like Cheney. Apparently, a couple of trillion dollars is nothing to them. It's not their money. It's mine and yours --- and crushing debt for our children.

    (Actually, I suspect that Obama was mortally wounded in the heavy carpet bombing of his mountain hideout in Afghanistan --- or killed outright. He is probably dead for several years now. The audio tapes of his voice that have been released since 2003 or thereabout are probably faked.

    In any case, the heavy fighting in 2006-2008, by Al Quaida in Iraq and by the Taliban in Afghanistan, indicates that it does not really matter whether he is dead or alive. Others will take his place --- and they have.)

Casualties and Suffering

I think it is absolutely criminal that the Bush Administration minimizes another major cost of that war --- besides the dollars and the deaths --- by seldom reporting casualties when reporting U.S. death figures.

3,000-plus dead is relatively frequently reported --- but we seldom hear of the 20,000-plus wounded, many reduced to a vegetative state by head wounds and left to the care of their mothers. The administration spin-doctors are glad to assume that all wounded recover totally. They don't want to draw attention to the fact that most of that 20,000-plus wounded will have various degrees and types of suffering for the rest of their lives --- and many of those lives will be cut short by "complications".

And, of course, the Bush-administration and FoxNews spin-doctors give even less attention to the deaths and sufferings of Iraqi civilians --- in the 100s of thousands by now. This ignoring of Iraqi suffering makes it very unlikely that a politico-social solution will be found.

It seems that many analysts, generals, and administration spokes-people agree that military force alone cannot yield a solution. So when will we see some attempts at social initiatives ... to counter the Abu-Graib, Blackwater, and other counter-productive incidents? Condoleeza Rice? Don't make me laugh. I don't want to get started, like Osama did. But I digress ...

U.S. financial condition

Osama must be absolutely roaring with laughter in his grave (or wherever) now ... because instead of all this U.S. military expenditure resulting in "mission accomplished" (oops, a little pre-mature), the result he and we see now is that, on top of year-after-year of half-a-trillion dollar balance-of-payments deficits in the private sector, the federal government is incurring year-after-year of similar sized deficits.

Osama must be in Muslim heaven observing how Bush is obliterating the progress that Clinton made in reducing the federal deficit. And Bush is accelerating away from that positive financial position at an ever increasing pace. Isn't this yet another example of the strange nature of the 'fiscal responsibility' and 'fiscal conservatism' of the Republican cohorts?

This military-only strategy (who cares about their hearts and minds) is what Fox News tries to convince the American people to rally around in each and every political "discussion" that they host. I guess Hannity, O'Reilly, and Coulter are willing to promote anything for a comfortable salary and an air-conditioned desk far from Iraq and Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden must be happy that the FoxNews people are directing the attention of U.S. citizens away from any true chance at a successful strategy.

Osama Bin Laden must be going into additional paroxysms of laughter as he watches the U.S. dollar sink lower and lower in world money markets. He must be thinking that the devaluing of the dollar adds even more to the tremendous leverage he got out of a few hi-jacked U.S.-paid-for commercial jet planes.

Well, the sinking dollar sure is making for investment opportunities in new sectors. I wonder how much of Cheney's and Bush's (and Rupert Murdoch's) investments have been switched from U.S. Treasury bonds and U.S. stocks to "emerging markets" funds and "EuroPacific" funds? And how much gold are they hiding on their respective properties --- or in off-shore accounts? Could someone please check into those investments?

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Posted 2007 Oct 24.
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