Usama bin Laden's latest audio tape threatening retaliation for U.S. support of the crackdown on militants in Pakistan seemed to throw cold water on the idea that Al Qaeda and the Taliban could be going their separate ways.
The tape was broadcast Wednesday by Al-Jazeera as President Obama touched down in Saudi Arabia to start a three-day Mideast trip. In the tape, bin Laden accuses the United States of sowing "new seeds of hatred against America" for supporting Pakistan's fight against the Taliban in the Swat region of the country.
In speaking up for the Taliban, bin Laden signaled that speculation about a split between Al Qaeda and certain factions of the Taliban may have been wishful thinking, at least for now.
Uh yes folks, they still want to kill us.
Obama just weeks earlier, in an interview with the New York Times, had floated the idea of courting moderate elements of the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, suggesting the U.S. could replicate its success in persuading Sunni insurgents in Iraq to reject Al Qaeda.Who is surprised by this?!! Logic isn't going to work with these wackjobs.