It seems to me that the upshot of Osama bin Laden’s most recent tape is that he really is a politician, and he’s come up with some new talking points that he thinks will win him more supporters. As Hassan Ibrahim, the al-Jazeera journalist in the film Control Room has said, the struggle of the Islamists isn’t about religion, it’s about power and money. Seems to me that Osama bin Laden thinks he’s shored up his base and is now trying to win over some undecideds.