Al-Qaeda's Deputy Says Bush Bet on Iraq and Lost

Associated Press
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

CAIRO, Feb. 13 -- Al-Qaeda's deputy leader said President Bush was an alcoholic and a lying gambler who wagered on Iraq and lost, according to a new audiotape released Tuesday by a U.S. group that tracks extremist messages.

"Bush suffers from an addictive personality and was an alcoholic," Ayman al-Zawahiri said in the audiotape, a transcript of which was released by the Washington-based SITE Institute. "I don't know his present condition . . . but the one who examines his personality finds that he is addicted to two other faults -- lying and gambling."

Bush, 60, has acknowledged he had a problem with drinking but said he gave up alcohol when he was 40.

On the tape, Zawahiri said Bush has gone down in history as one of the world's "most notorious liars."

It was the fourth message by Osama bin Laden's deputy since the beginning of the year. The last was on Jan. 22, when he mocked Bush's plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.

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