Osama released a tape. What does it mean?
First, we are winning. More specifically, we are killing the Al Qaeda leadership. Last weekend, we nailed a couple of leaders in Pakistan. According to ABC News, we got Midhat Mursi, aka Abu Khabab al-Masrithe, the master bomb maker and chemical weapons expert.
Who is this guy? Check out "Al Qaeda's Mad Scientist The significance of Abu Khabab's death" by Dan Darling. (http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/006/602zqghe.asp)
Reuters is reporting that other leaders may have been killed. (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-01-19T135403Z_01_SP13150_RTRUKOC_0_US-SECURITY-PAKISTAN-QAEDA.xml&archived=False)
Secondly, Osama is having zero impact on the Iraqi people. They have voted 3 times in a year and defied Al Qaeda. Osama is killing innocent Iraqis but they are still showing up to vote or volunteer for their country.
Last but not least, Pres. Bush is committed to victory. He is not listening to Cong. Murtha or Howard Dean.
Osama's threat reminds the public that Al Qaeda is still our enemy. It makes the case for further surveillance.