What is interesting the White House isn't even claiming it is authentic, they are just pretending it is.
WASHINGTON: A White House top adviser said on Sunday he could not confirm the authenticity of an audiotape purported to be Osama bin Laden
"I can't confirm that (al Qaeda's responsibility for the attack) nor can we confirm the authenticity of the tape, but assuming that it is him his message contains the same hollow justifications for the mass slaughter of innocents that we've heard before," David Axelrod said
The authenticity of the audiotape can not be confirmed. Al Qaeda responsibility for the attack (underwear bomber) cannot be confirmed according to David Axelrod.
And this is interesting, the State Department seems to be distancing itself from the audio tape.
The State Department says Osama bin Laden may be "trying to continue to appear relevant" by claiming responsibility for the plot to bomb a U.S. airliner. The claim comes in an audio message released today that hasn't been authenticated. U.S. officials say there's no indication bin Laden or any of his top lieutenants had anything to do with the attempted Christmas Day attack.The State department is for all intents and purposes acknowledging what Osama is saying is baloney.
A tape that is not authentic, claims made that are not legitimate, and a State Department saying it is all hollow.
I did listen to the tape, and if I had to guess who benefitted the most from this tape, I would say Israel is the biggest benefactor.
The ghost of Bin Laden specifically cites the Palestinian situation, particularly Gaza.
At a time, when Israel is looking to start another war with Lebanon, has settler's gone wild, is busily arresting peace activists. They could use a bit of sympathy in the department of public relations.
But, set aside all that, the so called Peace talks are supposed to be underway.
This tape works to Israel's political advantage because they can claim that they will not cave in to terror threats, from the spectral terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Therefore, they don't have to really make peace in Palestine.Which suits Israel just fine.