Michael Ledeen wonders if the latest Osama bin Laden video shows the real Osama. I have my doubts — the person on this latest video looks somewhat like the terrorist leader, but not entirely. In previous OBL videos, Osama is quite animated — in this one, the speaker is quite sedate.
There seems to be two possibilities. The least likely is that this is a ringer for OBL, who’s dead or incapacitated. The second is that the person on the video us really OBL, but he’s quite sick and unable to match the tenor of his previous messages. The fake-looking beard, the lack of energy, the less poetic rhetoric — if it is OBL, he doesn’t look good.