If an al-Qaeda website had endorsed Barack Obama I think we know what the McCain campaign would do with it. It would be absolutely ridiculous, but we know they’d be trumpeting it from small town to small town in “the real America.” Now that the shoe is on the other foot, with an al-Qaeda website saying a McCain presidency would be just the ticket for them, it will be interesting to see how they spin it. It is quite obvious that McCain is not an al-Qaeda sympathizer, no matter what he might feel free to say about his opponent. Dishonorable and incompetent, perhaps. Which gets us closer to the question raised on an al-Qaeda allied website:
In a message broadcast on the password-protected al-Hesbah site, the group said they would also welcome a pre-election terror attack on the US because that would make a McCain win more likely.
In an endorsement that will not be welcomed by Mr McCain’s flagging campaign, the group said that if al-Qaeda wants to exhaust the US militarily and economically, the “impetuous” Republican presidential candidate is the better choice.
“This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier,” the message said.
“Then, al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush.”
“If al-Qaeda carries out a big operation against American interests,” it said, “this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it.” (The Telegraph [UK])
Unfortunately this expresses impeccable logic, also consistent with the evidence that Bush’s policies have encouraged terrorism and been an economic, political and military catastrophe for the United States. The McCain campaign was reported to be terrified of this on their reporters’ conference call today, but I doubt the Obama campaign will make much of it. Republicans will just say it’s a pro-Obama “don’t throw me in that briar patch” ploy, anyway. As Jon Soltz remarks, no one should be swayed just because a maniac says something on a private website.
Especially when you have a million other reasons to detest Dishonest John McCain.