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Define "collusion."

Flirting With Disaster - The vile spectacle of Democrats rooting for bad news in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Christopher Hitchens

The plain implication is that the Bush administration is stashing Bin Laden somewhere, or somehow keeping his arrest in reserve, for an "October surprise." This innuendo would appear, on the face of it, to go a little further than "impugning the patriotism" of the president. It argues, after all, for something like collusion on his part with a man who has murdered thousands of Americans as well as hundreds of Muslim civilians in other countries.

Oh, horsecrap. If you're going to try to turn the "impugning the patriotism" schtick back onto the Democrats, you're going to need a far less specious and whimsical premise than this. How he gets "collusion" out of this is beyond me. You might want to ask Jose Padilla if the gummint was "colluding" with him when they had him stashed away for a number of months. It's entirely possible that the government could hold bin Laden against his will in one of Cheney's "undisclosed locations. " Jesus. The rap on Hitchens is that he's supposedly intelligent. Apparently not, given this indulgence in fuzzed, sloppy thinking.