WASHINGTON – In a tape released Sunday by al-Qaida's media wing, terrorist leader Osama bin Laden said President Barack Obama is "powerless" to
stop the war in Afghanistan.
SITE Intelligence Group, a terrorist-monitoring firm that translated the address, said bin Laden, whose al-Qaida organization was behind the Sept. 11
attacks, blamed the war on the "pro-Israel lobby" and corporate interests.
IntelCenter, another company that monitors terrorist propaganda, said the 11-minute video shows a still picture of bin Laden while audio of the
Bin Laden's address to the American people comes two days after the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. He typically addresses the United
States in a message around the Sept. 11 anniversary.
The purpose of his address Sunday, bin Laden said in the SITE translation, is "to remind you of the causes" of Sept. 11, chiefly "your support to
your Israeli allies who occupy our land of Palestine."
Bin Laden argued against the claims that the war is necessary for U.S. security, saying current White House officials are merely following the
strategy of former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney to "promote the previous policies of fear to market the interests
of big companies."
When Obama became president and retained many of the Bush administration's military leaders, such as Defense Secretary Robert Gates, "reasonable
people knew that Obama is a powerless man who will not be able to end the war as he promised," bin Laden said.
"If you end the war, so to it," bin Laden said. "But if it is otherwise, all we will do is continue the war of attrition against you on all
"Bin Laden" sent another tape how convenient not only for the anniversary of 911 but this message has been released around a time when Obama's poll
numbers are at their lowest.I guess the "Bin Laden." tapes will now be released by outside agencies like SITE Intelligence Group