Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Listening to Bush Talk Terror Leaves Me Perpetually Confused

Didn’t the President just say the United States faced a wider terrorist threat united by Islamic fascists who hate our freedom? Didn’t he just lump Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Iraqi Sunni separatists, and the Iraqi Shiite separatists all together as one freedom detesting bunch? If the terror threat has broadened how does he get off saying these words?

"America is safer but we are not yet safe."

“Our effective counterterrorist efforts in part have forced the terrorists to evolve and modify their ways of doing business."

I guess they learned about mergers and acquisitions from the Bush cabal. The Carlyle Group and Islamic terrorists have something in common as both join together with other organizations when it makes sense. Corporate America is similar in other ways. Most large U.S. companies are international in scope, often through subsidiaries or acquired companies. Their span is not limited by borders like the groups cited by President Bush.

I am not calling U.S. businesses terrorists, but I am calling terrorists organizations. They are groups of people with an aim or mission, with objectives for accomplishing such. Getting them to merge as the President suggests does not seem like a successful counterterrorism strategy.

However, the question is have they really merged? The Sunni Shiite split is already pronounced. If the President is correct, it’s only a matter of time before they break up over differences. Just as AT&T went through its breakup and reconsolidation, so might these terrorist groups. Do you think the man who caused them to merge has the skills to break them up? My guess is no.

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