Quote of the day

Neoconservative Michael Ledeen declares Osama bin Laden dead. Again.

Alex Koppelman
July 16, 2007 5:20PM (UTC)

We know, it's probably a little early to declare a quote of the day already, but this one's a doozy:

"There's an Osama cameo floating around. It seems to be from a video shot in 2001 or 2002. If that is correct, then I would draw two conclusions: first, that it is additional confirmation that he is dead. (If he were alive, they could do a new one, right?) And second, that this is a sign of panic, a poorly manufactured pseudo-blockbuster appearance designed to rally the troops, who must be getting fairly discouraged these days. The war is not going well for them in Iraq or Afghanistan (where the big 'spring offensive' didn't happen) or Lebanon or England or over here. The best thing they've got going for them at the moment is (are) the surrender monkeys."


That's neoconservative intellectual Michael Ledeen, in a post at the Corner, a group blog run by the National Review. Ledeen has, by the way, previously (and apparently wrongly) reported the death of both bin Laden and Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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