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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:17 AM
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Poll question: Who benefited most from the fear of Osama Bin Laden
I watched a discussion about the price of oil since 9/11 from $29 a barrel to over $100. Then there's the 'fear factor' which was exploited by ReTHUGS 24/7.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:23 AM
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1. Fuck it.
Edited on Fri May-06-11 05:23 AM by JTFrog
All of the above lol.
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:40 AM
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2. I don't know if despots in the Middle East benefited
Edited on Fri May-06-11 05:41 AM by Art_from_Ark
Certainly Saddam didn't.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:54 AM
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3. Many did including Mubarak, Musharraf
but not all of them cashed in. :hi:
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:40 AM
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7. Well, Musharraf might have benefited for a while
But wasn't he eventually pushed out? What's he doing now?
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:06 AM
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5. The biggest despot in the Middle East is the U.S.A.
and the benefit was there, in one form or another.

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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:05 AM
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4. All of the above... and Obama
Which seems like an obvious answer somehow left off your list.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:31 AM
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6. How did Obama benefit? n/t
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:21 AM
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8. He's gotten good press in the last few days
If the SEALs had killed some low-level slogan-maker, unknown and unfeared, how much political capital would come from that?
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:32 AM
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9. But this isn't about the death of OBL...
it's about the fear of him. While he was alive.

Since he's now dead, nobody benefits from the fear of him. And Obama didn't benefit from OBL much, if any, when he (OBL) was alive.

OBL was the Bushies' perpetual boogeyman. Somebody they could drag out every now and then to scare Americans into thinking Bush was the only one who could protect us from him.

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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:28 AM
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12. The benefit now is from his assassination
and you can be sure that somebody benefited, otherwise he would still be very much alive.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:26 AM
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11. A political spike is a benefit
and he got a huge spike from this.
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Salviati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:06 AM
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10. Other: Osama Bin Laden
and by stoking fear in him, republicans were aiding his efforts to make us bankupt ourselves us as a nation, both economically and morally.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:29 AM
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13. There's the 'only democracy' in the Middle East, too.
One of my favorite countries in the world; its name starts with an "I."
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:30 AM
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14. Aren't most of them one in the same?
Outside of the Middle Eastern despots, they're all pretty much the same entity.
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