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To Osama, Obama is powerless

world Updated: Sep 15, 2009 00:24 IST

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden described US President Barack Obama as “powerless” to stop the war in Afghanistan, and Americans’ inability to grasp why the September 11 attacks occurred has "cost you a lot without any result whatsoever."

The remarks by the terrorist leader were released two days after the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that he had ordered.

Bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding in the mountainous region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, said current White House officials are merely following the strategy of former President George W. Bush and former Vice-President Dick Cheney to "promote the previous policies of fear to market the interest of big companies".

“Rather than fighting to liberate Iraq — as Bush claimed —it (the White House) should have been liberated,” he said.

When Obama became president and retained many of the Bush administration’s military leaders, such as Defense Secretary Robert Gates, “reasonable people knew that Obama is a powerless man who will not be able to end the war as he promised’,’ bin Laden said.

"If you end the war, so to it," bin Laden said. "But if it is otherwise, all we will do is continue the war of attrition against you on all possible axes."

SITE Intelligence Group, a terrorist-monitoring firm, provided a translation of the tape, which was also translated by The Associated Press.