In an October 13 Washington Times op-ed, Capital Research Center's Matt Patterson wrote that "America's liberals are happily arming Osama bin Laden" and stated: "America's enemies are attracted to the arguments and rhetoric of the elite Western left for a simple reason: They share with the left the same hatred -- for Western culture, especially capitalism -- and the same goal -- the diminution of Western (and especially American) power." From Patterson's op-ed:
America's enemies are attracted to the arguments and rhetoric of the elite Western left for a simple reason: They share with the left the same hatred - for Western culture, especially capitalism - and the same goal - the diminution of Western (and especially American) power.
While the Sept. 11 attacks failed in their ultimate goals that day, we are following ruinous policies that will do the terrorists' work for them - crippling the U.S. economy on a scale of which bin Laden scarcely could have dreamed.
Al Qaeda's attacks even may have helped the process along. Think about it. Terrorists attack the United States on Sept. 11. The U.S. pushes back hard, invading two predominantly Muslim countries and overthrowing the regimes in both. However, the American public judges the handling of the wars to be badly managed by the party in power (in this case, the GOP), putting the electorate in perfect position to be charmed by a left-wing, anti-capitalist candidate promising "change." The left-wing candidate, once elected, proceeds to do what left-wing politicians do - expand the welfare state. Within short order, a new trillion-dollar entitlement is added to our already creaking economy, and the debt and deficits pile higher than ever before.
Our national debt - not yet two years into the Obama presidency - is a whopping $13.6 trillion, or 92 percent of gross domestic product. Some analysts, however, suspect the real number could range from $60 trillion to $200 trillion once you add in all unfunded federal liabilities. This is a fiscal house of cards that is destined to collapse, and catastrophically so. The sociopolitical chaos that will ensue can only be imagined. It also may be imagined that, wherever he is, if he still is, the chaos will give great comfort to Osama bin Laden and company.