This is precisely why George Bush is a terrible Commander-In-Chief. And why are we in Iraq and how does it make America safer again? Word is that 100,000 innocent civilians have been killed. Why doesn't the values crowd care about them?
On "60 Minutes" tonight, the former head of the CIA unit charged with tracking Osama bin Laden says the terrorist now has religious approval to use a nuclear device against Americans. From the CBS website:
"The former agent, Michael Scheuer, speaks to Steve Kroft in his first television interview without disguise to be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Even if bin Laden had a nuclear weapon, he probably wouldn't have used it for a lack of proper religious authority - authority he has now.
"[Bin Laden] secured from a Saudi sheik...a rather long treatise on the possibility of using nuclear weapons against the Americans," says Scheuer. "[The treatise] found that he was perfectly within his rights to use them. Muslims argue that the United States is responsible for millions of dead Muslims around the world, so reciprocity would mean you could kill millions of Americans."
Once again, Bush's best friends, the Saudis, come through for us. Remember when the Administration scared everyone by claiming they didn't want the smoking gun to come in the form of a mushroom cloud? They were talking about Iraq, a country that had no weapons capable of causing such destruction. They should have been talking about Al Qaeda.
They took their eyes off the ball. Big time. It's that simple.