Regime Dithers on Photo Release

Okay, here’s the thing about this. I understand what you’re saying, but in my view, I think for this enemy that we face everything’s a rallying cry, and a picture of benign Bin Laden on T-shirts wouldn’t add anything to it because they’re already ratcheted up to maximum hatred. Anything we do to defend ourselves, anything that we do when detaining and interrogating them, anything we do with disposing of the bodies, anything we do with photos and videos, anything we do with cartoons, Korans, anything and everything we do provokes ’em. We provoke them by virtue of our very existence. This is what people have a hard time grasping. Our very existence provokes these people. We are infidels in our existence. Whatever additional actions we take can’t add much to the hate. They already want to kill us. There’s nothing that can change that. It’s why we seek to get them first.

I understand the concern here but I think to the extent that you worry about him becoming an icon, he already is. Nothing more can be done to add to that. You talk about union people, illegal immigrants and stuff wearing the Che Guevara T-shirt, I would contend to you that easily 95% of the people wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt haven’t the slightest clue who he was. He’s just a good-looking Latino guy, just a good-looking guy. Well, they know he’s a leftist something and so forth and so on, but he’s the kind of guy you’d hope to run into at a pool party after you assassinated some eastern European leader and he was the hit man. He’s one of these perfect James Bond kind of quasi-villain. I just think there’s a romantic attachment to Che Guevara that has nothing to do with any substance.



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