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Michael Moore’s bin Laden Theory

On Twitter last night, Michael Moore ranted about the circumstances behind the death of Osama bin Laden. In short, we made a deal with Pakistan years ago to put OBL under house arrest in Abbottabad, but because bin Laden did something — who knows what — we decided to go and kill him now. Moore won’t call it a conspiracy, which kind of makes the definition of conspiracy inoperative if this isn’t a conspiracy, and adds that President Obama will want to know the truth. So, it’s not a conspiracy and the president isn’t in on it, but the smartest president ever was somehow tricked by the CIA and Pentagon into acting now. Here’s what Moore wrote last night:

And finally, let’s cut the BS: 1. The Pakistanis knew OBL was there because…2. They put him there under house arrest at their WestPoint… about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

3. They cut a deal with us: They would hold him there & stop him fr any more terror. 4. But OBL prob f-ed up & started planning something… about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

5. So Pakistan said, f*** it, he’s expendable, u guys can have him. And they looked the other way. about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

6. No way do choppers fly in next door to army base and “WestPoint”, have firefight, blow up chopper, and no cops or Paki soldiers show up? about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

7. Please! Pakistan just couldn’t be seen as participating with us. And please– the CIA didn’t know he was living there for 6 yrs? about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

8. As long as he wasn’t conducting terror, OBL alive served a purpose. Someone should just fess up: The war industry needs fear to make $$ about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

9. And when he was no longer needed, or he was back to his old ways, he had to be taken out. WH, just say it: He was executed, period. about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

10. Finally, when we put the Nazis on trial @ Nuremberg, it was right. It exposed their evil & it showed WE believe in a system of justice. about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

My apologies 4 all the tweets. I just don’t think we’re being told the truth. I don’t think there’s a conspiracy, I’d just like the facts. about 15 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Thanks 4 all the good feedback. I believe Obama will want the truth 2 be told. But the Pentagon has a history of putting out BS after BS… about 14 hours ago via OpenBeak

The Pentagon lied about the Jessica Lynch rescue & they really lied about Pat Tillman. They’ve already changed their OBL story 3x in 3days.. about 14 hours ago via OpenBeak

I’ll leave w/ this: Where were OBL’s bodyguards during raid? There were 0. U don’t need bgs when u live udr house arrest on a Pak army base. about 13 hours ago via OpenBeak

Let’s go through point by point.

1. Yes, elements within Pakistan maybe knew he was there and were protecting/ignoring him, but 2. the choice of locations was ideal. I read somewhere that the proximity to a major Pakistani military installation meant no U.S. drones flying overhead. Seems smart to me, and from the reports, nobody seemed to suspect there was anything that odd about OBL’s compound. Michael Moore once did a comical piece on serial killers and why didn’t their neighbors identify the killers’ odd behavior. Moore rented a house on Long Island and did everything possible to get his neighbors to complain — a bloody mattress left on the street, sitting in his driveway while sharpening a knife and playing nursery rhymes and even renting a backhoe to bury drums in his front yard. None of his neighbors complained, nor had anything bad to say about Moore when they were interviewed. Moore has proved himself wrong through his own investigation.

3. “They cut a deal with us.” That would mean with President Bush, who Moore would have us believe is evil in every way imaginable but wouldn’t take out Osama bin Laden to make sure McCain won the election in 2008? And 4 and 5, that’s the pure speculation Moore needs for his theory to work.

6. This is a decent point. I’m sure there are answers to this like the “stealth” helicopter, silenced weapons, the helo wasn’t destroyed until the end of the raid, etc., but it’s not an unfair question to ask.

7, 8, & 9. Again, speculation to make his theory work.

10. He wanted a trial. Not an unreasonable position to take. But to then say all this is true, but it’s not a conspiracy nor was President Obama aware of it? Impossible.

Moore then asks about the different stories coming out of the White House. Fair enough. It was the White House’s decision alone to get information out as fast as they did and I don’t think there would have been any major issue with waiting a few days until they had a complete picture of what really happened. But I chalk up the different stories more to stupidity within the political arm of the White House than intentional deception by the White House.

As for Moore’s final statement on why didn’t OBL have more armed guards. Well, it doesn’t take an Oscar-winning filmmaker to figure out it’s a lot easier to hide a few, trusted people than a hundred. Saddam Hussein was captured alone, and when Uday and Qusay were killed, there were only two other people in the house with them at the time. Sounds like OBL was following the dictator-in-hiding manual to me.

If you want to hear more about Moore’s conspiracy theory, tune in tonight. He’ll be on CNN with Piers Morgan:

Read @MMFlint ‘s provocative, passionate tweets since Bin Laden died, and think of some great questions for me to throw back at him.

I’m sure if Andrew Breitbart had come up with the same theory, the would choose words other than “provocative” and “passionate” to characterize them.

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