President Bush acknowledges in a new book that just came out that Osama bin Laden may have helped him beat John Kerry in 2004 by issuing a tape shortly before the election.
The al Qaeda leader had issued a taped diatribe against Bush the Friday before Americans went to the polls....
"I thought it was going to help," Bush said.
"I thought it would help remind people that if bin Laden doesn't want Bush to be the president, something must be right with Bush."
So Bush apparently thinks that bin Laden is an idiot.
Because for one to believe that bin Laden was trying to hurt Bush’s chances at re-election by issuing his diatribe when he did, one must assume that bin Laden actually thought he could influence American voters to side with him before the election.
If bin Laden were really that stupid, one would think that we might have already caught him by now. However, if he is not an idiot then he must have realized that anything he said before the election would have the opposite effect, if any, on the electorate. So perhaps bin Laden really did help Bush win the election, just not for the reasons that Bush thought.
Whether or not bin Laden’s statement really did impact the election is probably impossible to know for sure, but the fact that Bush thinks it did is very interesting and also highly disturbing.