6,185. 10/29/2004

On October 29, 2004, Osama “bin Laden appeared in a video address that was broadcast on the Al Jazeera Arabic-language satellite station. …he boasted that al Qaeda was winning its war against the United States. The primary reason he gave was the economics of the fight and his group’s strategy of ‘bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.’ Explaining that al Qaeda alone could not be credited with the coming victory, bin Laden said that the Bush administration’s decision to open multiple war fronts was also bringing about America’s downfall. ‘And so it has appeared to some analysts and diplomats,’ bin Laden said, ‘that the White House and us are playing as one team towards the economic goals of the United States, even if the intentions differ.’ ”

 – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bin Laden’s Legacy, Pages 59-60

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