Osama’s latest tape is “a great disappointment,” as sophomoric as it is bizarre, says James Robbins in the National Review. The terrorist’s invitation for Americans to convert to Islam – which would force “warmongering corporations” to spend energy converting people back – is as odd as his critique of JFK’s killing or US credit problems. “I really expect more from a terrorist mastermind,” says Robbins.
“No new threats, no new deals, just a new beard, if it is even real,” grieves the intel expert. He calls Osama’s speech “an interesting fusion of pseudo-Marxism and standard Islamism,” and tips his hat to the man’s ability “to dominate the news cycle whenever he appears, no matter what he says. The new video is a case in point; the only thing newsworthy about it is the fact that it exists.”