The Bushiad
Chapter 22: Immaculate Reception


The Bushiad
Chapter 1- The Rage of George
Chapter 2- Rattling of Sabres
Chapter 3- Entreaties Rejected
Chapter 4- Osama Speaks
Chapter 5- The Underworld
Chapter 6- Fatherly Advice
Chapter 7- The Gods of War
Chapter 8- Juggernaut
Chapter 9- The Prisoners
Chapter 10- Interrogation
Chapter 11- George Dreams
Chapter 12- In the Clouds
Chapter 13- D
Chapter 14- Secret Agent
Chapter 15- The Tyrant Flees
Chapter 16- Out of Order
Chapter 17- George Descends
Chapter 18- Master Kim
Chapter 19- Uncurious George
Chapter 20- Asana
Chapter 21- Doing the Patriot Act
Chapter 22- Immaculate Reception
Chapter 23- The Little Prince
Chapter 24- Mission Accomplished

The Idyossey
Chapter 1- Ichor of the Gods
Chapter 2- The Price of Peace
Chapter 3- Empyre
Chapter 4- Woeful Warrior
Chapter 5- Mitzvah
Chapter 6- News Analysis
Chapter 7- Strategic Planner
Chapter 8- Aristea
Chapter 9- Last Supper
Chapter 10- Skullduggery
Chapter 11: Family Reunion
Chapter 12- Black Goddess
Chapter 13- Saboteur
Chapter 14- Glossolalia
Chapter 15- Visitation
Chapter 16- Dead or Alive
Chapter 17- Across the Border
Chapter 18- The Unraveling
Chapter 19- Summer in the City
Chapter 20- Wolf and Jackal
Chapter 21- George Gloats
Chapter 22- Surreality
Chapter 23- Kidnapped
Chapter 24- Denouement

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From ground to satellite then back to ground
A phone call’s intercepted by the CIA.
The voice on the line sounds familiar,
Soft spoken, slow-paced and precise.
The voice is matched to voice print files
The results confirmed in seconds: Bin Laden!

The conversation sounds one-sided,
Voice at the other end tough to hear.
Bin Laden speaks, then static,
Then more words from Osama.
His conversation sounds upbeat.
It’s recorded for translation.

Osama’s still well hidden
Moving from cave to cave in Pakistan.
But his connection is so clear it's hard to fathom
That he might be so isolated, so cut off. It’s as though
He were next door or ‘round the corner, though
No one thinks he’s moved to Langley, Virginia.

Not that Observant Osama has bad connections,
His family ties to the U.S. are long-standing.
Construction business billionaires, with
With ties to major U.S. corporations like
Bechtel or Cheney’s Halliburton
The Bin Ladens build the Arab nations.

Shocked by the events of 9-11, the Saudis
Evacuated the Bin Ladens from America
With help from the State Department.
While the Twin Towers were still burning
The Bin Laden family left, no questions
No detention, no delay, just gone.

Before Bin Laden’s said fifty words
Translators are transcribing.
Though they missed the call’s beginning,
They can eavesdrop in the middle.
Once translated Osama’s comments
will move up to those in charge.

“He’s acted like we knew he would,” says Osama,
“So predictable, it’s almost funny. I told you
After Kabul Baghdad would be next!
Allah works in many ways; now he uses Bush,
We’ve achieved one of our major goals:
Saddam will be replaced with Sharia!”

“Al haim d’Allah, God is Great! On to Saudi Arabia.
After 80 years of torment, the Islamic world
Will be rid of westernized vermin.”
Silence, then Osama’s voice comes in
Loud and clear. “Yes, the plan’s in place,
Be patient, we’ll notify you.”

“New York, Chicago, yes...Miami,” says Osama,
“Look to the moon, mark the stars my friend
No need of clocks or calendars,
The heavens give direction.”
“In s’Allah, my good friend, In s’Allah.”
The call’s over.

Attempts to triangulate the call all fail,
The phone network used is too complex.
Photographic drone patrols deployed, no
Movement, men, equipment’s seen. Despite billions
Spent on intelligence gathering, Osama
Is the planet’s most invisible man.

On April 29th the NSA raises the level of alert.
The spectrum moves from Yellow to Orange.
Washington suspects Al Queda uses the moon
Precise, predictable, a perfect timepiece. The
More complex the system, the more it’s prone to failure
Al Queda’s strength comes from reliance on the simple.

For each dollar the Islamic terror network spends
The U.S spends a million, give or take.
Osama knows this well, and in his calls
Names cities, references time, intent
On making the U.S. spend fortunes
While his Swiss accounts earn interest.

In hiding, with much time to meditate,
Osama’s invents an elegant plan:
Make threats to increase American spending,
Spread rumors of terrorist WMDs. In short
Use fear as Ashcroft does, stimulate over-reaction,
While Al Qaeda spends next to nothing.

America, of course, falls for it.
Ashcroft, simple-minded zealot,
Unwittingly triggers the economic trap.
Billions are spent on anti-terrorist programs,
Homeland Security feeds on fear,
The U.S. budget deficit skyrockets.

Public stress increases,
Testosterone levels rise.
Without firing one shot,
Or exploding one Islamic bomb,
Osama wages war within
The bodies, hearts and minds of men.
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