"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 said.
He also said al Qaeda has found it "easy for us to provoke and bait this administration."
Al Qaeda thinks they won the Cold War, thank you very much!
In order to achieve these goals, they need reactionary, traumatized Presidents. Therefore, they strike at the beginning of President's terms. They were founded in 1990, and their first attempt to destroy the World Trade Center came in 1993, at the beginning of Clinton's term. Clinton dealt with the pressure brilliantly - prosecuting and imprisoning those responsible. Who knows what his reaction would have been if they had succeeded in bringing down the tower, however.
Bush, we all know, watched as 9/11 occurred 20% into his first term in office, and he did not handle it nearly so well. He played right into bin Laden's hands, giving him the economically draining and Muslim-radicalizing war he wanted.
So, the question is, when is Obama's attack scheduled? It'll come in the first year, if the pattern holds.
... Unless, of course, the terrorists see what I do in this young President. I don't think he'll play into their hands the way our Cowboy President did, so they might be better served in waiting to attack in Q2-Q3 2012, thereby removing him from office in the elections. If I were them, that's what I'd do. Obama is never going to serve their strategic goals.