“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, July 13, 2007

Congress Foolishly Raises Bounty on Bin Laden

The fools on the hill just don't get it. You handle a punk differently. Instead of massaging his ego and adding to his legend, they should have voted to change the reward to ten cents. That would have been more of a statement to his real worth.

US Senate doubles Bin Laden bounty to $50 million. AFX News Limited
WASHINGTON (Thomson Financial) - The US Senate today doubled the bounty on Osama bin Laden to 50 mln usd, reflecting frustration that the Al-Qaeda chief remains free and rising anxiety over possible future attacks.

The vote followed a flurry of reports that the group behind the September 11 strikes in 2001 had rebuilt its safe haven, leadership and capacity to plot terror operations, and was trying to sneak operatives into the US.

The Senate voted by 87-1 to boost the price on Bin Laden's head under the State Department Rewards for Justice programme, which has already paid out millions of dollars for top US targets, including Saddam Hussein's sons.

It directs Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice 'to authorize a reward of 50 mln usd for the capture or death or information leading to the capture or death of Osama bin Laden.'