Published on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by Common Dreams
The Ghost of Osama bin Laden
by Ralph Nader
The Ghost of Osama bin Laden swirled into the Oval Office where Barack Obama was spending the evening going over a pile of requested sign-offs for drone missions.
Osama’s Ghost: “Mind if we have a conversation one year after you dispatched my body to the ocean sharks?”
With curiosity reigning supreme, President Obama replied, “Ok, so long as you remain hovering and do not alight to defile this solemn room.”
Osama’s Ghost: “Thank you. After your SEALs bravely shot, rather than captured, me while I was defenseless in my bedroom, you told your nation that ‘for the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.’”
“Correct, the form of your presence now attests to that fact,” the President curtly declared.
Osama’s Ghost: “You completely misunderstood. You see my work was completed by the evening of September 11, 2001. After that, the terror that I wanted to implant in American hearts was continued and intensified by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and you far, far beyond what our little, exaggerated al-Qaeda could ever dream of doing.”
“How so? Make it short!” Obama demanded.
Osama’s Ghost: “Okay, you want it short? You and your predecessors are ones who, for over a decade, starved your domestic needs in favor of huge military adventures in Asia and
“You tell me, Dr. Freud,” said President Obama.
Osama’s Ghost: “Because when you send them to
“You should talk, after the massacre of my people on 9/11,” exclaimed President Obama.
Osama’s Ghost: “But at least the attackers went ‘down with the ship’, as you Americans say, and this attack was designed to make you suffer like you have made us suffer a millionfold over the decades. As a scholar and a son of
“Do not lump me in the same room with Bush and Cheney,” said an irritated Obama. “They lied this great nation into the invasion of
Osama’s Ghost: “Yes, Mr. President. Al-Qaeda is not much in
Osama’s Ghost: “Even your people overwhelmingly say that
“Are you finished, Ghost? I have to decide on some high value targets in three countries. The hunt will never cease,” said President Obama.
Osama’s Ghost: “But, Mr. President, you had the highest value target of all and you eliminated the chance to interrogate me. Think what I could have told you about the past 30 years for your intelligence services.”
“Tell me what, in a phrase. Your time is up!” declared President Obama.
Osama’s Ghost: “Well…thank you, thank you for all that you, Mr. Bush, and Mr. Cheney have done, Mr. President.”
Whereupon the Ghost evaporated into the ether and the president started signing.
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