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Osama bin Laden's Second Death

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If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April fool's joke this morning's headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take it as more evidence that the US government has unlimited belief in the gullibility of Americans.

Think about it. What are the chances that a person allegedly suffering from kidney
disease and requiring dialysis and, in addition, afflicted with diabetes and low blood pressure, survived in mountain hideaways for a decade? If bin Laden was able to acquire dialysis equipment and medical care that his condition required, would not the shipment of dialysis equipment point to his location? Why did it take ten years to find him?

Consider also the claims, repeated by a triumphalist US media celebrating bin Laden's death, that "bin Laden used his millions to bankroll terrorist training camps in Sudan, the Philippines, and Afghanistan, sending "holy warriors' to foment revolution and fight with fundamentalist Muslim forces across North Africa, in Chechnya, Tajikistan and Bosnia." That's a lot of activity for mere millions to bankroll (perhaps the US should have put him in charge of the Pentagon), but the main question is: how was bin Laden able to move his money about? What banking system was helping him? The US government succeeds in seizing the assets of people and of entire countries, Libya being the most recent. Why not bin Laden's? Was he carrying around with him $100 million dollars in gold coins and sending emissaries to distribute payments to his far-flung operations?

This morning's headline has the odor of a staged event. The smell reeks from the triumphalist news reports loaded with exaggerations, from celebrants waving flags and chanting "USA USA." Could something else be going on?

No doubt President Obama is in desperate need of a victory. He committed the fool's error or restarting the war in Afghanistan, and now after a decade of fighting the US faces stalemate, if not defeat. The wars of the Bush/Obama regimes have bankrupted the US, leaving huge deficits and a declining dollar in their wake. And re-election time is approaching.

various lies and deceptions, such as "weapons of mass destruction," of the last several administrations had terrible consequences for the US and the world. But not all deceptions are the same. Remember, the entire reason for invading Afghanistan in the first place was to get bin Laden. Now that President Obama has declared bin Laden to have been shot in the head by US special forces operating in an independent country and buried at sea, there is no reason for continuing the war.
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Perhaps the precipitous decline in the US dollar in foreign exchange markets has forced some real budget reductions, which can only come from stopping the open-ended wars.
Until the decline of the dollar reached the breaking point, Osama bin Laden, who many experts believe to have been dead for years, was a useful bogyman to use to feed the profits of the US military/security complex.

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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In addition to Gadaffi's son and three minor gran... by Sheila Samples on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 11:47:12 AM
I can remember one of the news station,(I think it... by nativenezperce on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 5:01:07 PM
Thanks, Paul. I agree with you entirely. This is a... by R A Bows on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 11:53:09 AM
This is a staged event, and we ordinary people wil... by Judy Palmer on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 1:47:37 PM
"... the US government has unlimited belief in the... by Mike Preston on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 12:20:23 PM
was to get bin Laden and crush al Qaeda..... bin L... by Dennis Kaiser on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 12:42:31 PM
Does anyone know when and where auditions to cast ... by Donald on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 12:47:24 PM
that is "NO ARMY DODGERS HERE, RUSH ELSEWHERE-"-BY... by Ray Etrych on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 2:03:17 PM
Sooner or later, in one-sided rants about governme... by Len Robertson on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:19:26 PM
A weaker dollar raises the cost of everything to A... by Paul Craig Roberts on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:30:33 PM
It was a twisted symbiosis between "hunter and hu... by Lewis Yang on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:57:07 PM
The government and mainstream media lie to the Ame... by Janet Loughrey on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 12:52:07 AM
With Obama, the master's of the CIA succeeded a se... by cosmic J. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7:25:52 AM
It is like America has to throw gasoline on the fi... by Debbie S on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 2:12:14 PM
9/11, was done by Organized Crime. Scanner for a t... by Debbie S on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 2:30:14 PM
I remember once seeing him being captured from a c... by nativenezperce on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 3:14:57 PM
Building 7 was free-fall, and a missile hit the Pe... by Debbie S on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 12:39:22 PM
I don't know what really happened, and Roberts' sk... by Richard Pietrasz on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 4:31:23 PM
this is how the news media operates that's why it ... by nativenezperce on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 5:09:40 PM
Great analysis as usual Dr. Roberts. I wrote a le... by ronheri on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 10:44:02 PM