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Bin Laden: Goal
Is To Bankrupt U.S.
Al-Jazeera releases full transcript of al Qaeda leader's tape
Monday, November 1, 2004 Posted: 8:07 PM EST -- -- The
Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera released a full transcript
Monday of the most recent videotape from Osama bin Laden in
which the head of al Qaeda said his group's goal is to force
America into bankruptcy.
Al-Jazeera aired portions of the videotape Friday but released
the full transcript of the entire tape on its Web site Monday.
"We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point
of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for
Allah," bin Laden said in the transcript.
He said the mujahedeen fighters did the same thing to the Soviet
Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s, "using guerrilla warfare and
the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers."
"We, alongside the mujahedeen, bled Russia for 10 years until it
went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat," bin Laden
He also said al Qaeda has found it "easy for us to provoke and
bait this administration."
"All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the
furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is
written al Qaeda, in order to make generals race there to cause
America to suffer human, economic and political losses without
their achieving anything of note other than some benefits for
their private corporations," bin Laden said.
Al-Jazeera executives said they decided to post the entire
speech because rumors were circulating that the network omitted
parts that "had direct threats toward specific states, which was
"We chose the most newsworthy parts of the address and aired
them. The rest was used in lower thirds in graphics format,"
said one official.
U.S. intelligence officials Monday confirmed that the transcript
made public Monday by Al-Jazeera was a complete one.
As part of the "bleed-until-bankruptcy plan," bin Laden cited a
British estimate that it cost al Qaeda about $500,000 to carry
out the attacks of September 11, 2001, an amount that he said
paled in comparison with the costs incurred by the United
"Every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars, by the
permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs,"
he said. "As for the economic deficit, it has reached record
astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion
The total U.S. national debt is more than $7 trillion. The U.S.
federal deficit was $413 billion in 2004, according to the
"It is true that this shows that al Qaeda has gained, but on the
other hand it shows that the Bush administration has also
gained, something that anyone who looks at the size of the
contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked
mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be
"And it all shows that the real loser is you," he said. "It is
the American people and their economy."
As for President Bush's Iraq policy, Bin Laden said, "the
darkness of black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he
gave priority to private interests over the public interests of
"So the war went ahead, the death toll rose, the American
economy bled, and Bush became embroiled in the swamps of Iraq
that threaten his future," bin Laden said.
U.S. government officials said Friday that the tape appeared to
be authentic and recently made. It was the first videotaped
message from the al Qaeda leader in nearly three years.
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