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Is this the October surprise?

  • Oct. 22nd, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Al-Qa'ida supporters suggested in a website message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the US as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.



The message, posted on Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah website, said if al-Qa'ida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Read more.

Question: Will this make a difference to how people view McCain, or will it just be seen as mischief-making by either Al-Qa'ida or the media (or Democrats)?


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jeffxandra wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
People are tired of the whole thing; I don't think it'll have much of an impact. Those who live in fear of terr'ists are already in the McCain camp. Those who aren't, won't be swayed.
wumples wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
You hit the nail on the head.
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greendemqueen wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
An attack already occurred under Bush's watch though. Another one would be devastating to him, but I'm not sure if it would do all that much damage to McCain despite his strong support for Bush (you know the whole 90% of the time thing) and his being a part of the same party. Lets just hope there isn't another attack on the US for the sake of Americans on both sides of the aisle and in between.
princess2000204 wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
How could this truly effect McCain when he's not President nor do we know for sure who will be President. I think the planning of such an attack will be redundant since it would fall under Bush's presidency.
Maybe it's just me not fully understanding the thought of this.

I agree with a previous poster; I'm just tired of all these circus acts and am ready for the actual election to begin.
chinchiller wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
"How could this truly effect McCain when he's not Presidentnor do we know for sure who will be President. I think the planning of such an attack will be redundant since it would fall under Bush's presidency."

That's not the point. The point is to scare Americans into voting for McCain because he is more likely to go after the terrorists (a la: Bush) if he is elected. They want McCain to be elected because he is more likely to continue the wars and, thus, continue to strain the military and economy.

Like the person right below you said: it's "a crude attempt by the fanatics at reverse psychology."
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yardlong wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
I don't think it will make a difference in how McCain is viewed, but I can understand that Al-Qa'ida supporters would prefer to use McCain in a quest to bring down America.
kiwi_starlight wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Exactly what I was going to say.
grace_om wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I can't see how this will affect U.S. voters one way or the other. We all know that Al-Qa'ida wants to destroy us and will keep on trying. That's what they do.

However, if anything, it serves as evidence that they do NOT view "Barak HUSSEIN Obama" as "one of the them."
tyskkvinna wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
I think far too many people would find it far too coincidental and view it at some sort of ploy - whether or not the republicans had anything to do with it. People have been practically begging for an "October Surprise" that now, when we're nearly out of October and nothing's here yet, somehow we are nervous and anxious for it to happen.

Which is ridiculous.
luis_mw wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Mischief-making, I am sure. I agree with an earlier poster - those who are in fear of the terrorists are in the McCain camp already.

I find this somewhat amusing, given the number of times I have seen Republican supporters claim that a vote for Obama (or, last time, Kerry), was a vote for the terrorists.
the_fragile_eg wrote:
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Too bad they don't actually pay atention to world events. Unless, of course, it's being broadcast by the brilliant minds of Fox News.
lizlux wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, according to this, Al-Quaida has officially endorsed McCain. Wow.
sophia_sadek wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Birds of a feather
There's already a connection between the Bush family and the bin Laden family. I see other ties in ideology between Al Quaeda and McCain, although this support doesn't consider ideology, but who will be the bigger bonehead and continue the nation's death spiral.
ysabetwordsmith wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Few people have ever gone broke by underestimating the intelligence of the common man. I think if there's a terrorist attack or the like, McCain would gain a lot of ground. People are just stupid enough to fall for the scare tactics. They'd miss the fact that the terrorists would like McCain to win, because he's stupid enough to keep punching the tar baby.
typesbad wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: *sigh*
that's true definitely true. if an attack happened, people would definitely go blindly back into UNITED AGAINST TERROR KICK SOME ASS! mode even if they aren't willing to admit it. but I think what is more likely to happen is just what happened the last election - some kind of threatening video leaked from AlQ.
bastblack wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
We've seen this trick many times before.

The truth is, Al-Qa'ida is irrelevant. We need to get our house in order, not bankrupt the country chasing ghosts.
polarisdib wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
I would hope that no one makes their decisions based on al Qa'ida no matter what they say. It is mischief making, no matter who is responsible, but then again most of election-time activities are (you hear the one about the "Democrats vote on the 5th"?). There's always a lot of tongue-in-cheek "These guys want the wrong guy to win, see?", but even when it's serious it serves the same purpose to distract and detract from voting based on what you, as an individual and critical thinker, think is right thing to do.

mystery_spell wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think that this will make a difference in how many people view McCain. Most of the people who aren't voting for him already have cited his stance on the War on Terror as an issue, so this will only make those people more eager to elect someone else. As for those who are okay with McCain's views on the war, this will only make the argument for the War on Terror stronger.
pixie_bite wrote:
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
I was planning to just peek over in the US election 2008 section for fun, but I couldn't resist joining in for a moment.

The comments regarding to McCain as stupid or blindly patriotic or a typical Republican further inspires my awe at how effectively the media has pushed for an Obama presidency. Before this election, McCain was favored among Democrats and considered truly bipartisan, as he frequently went against his own party no matter how inconvenient. He differed from Bush on many issues including government spending, torture, climate change, military strategies, the national deficit, stem cell research - all controversial and important issues. Yes, he may have voted in agreement with Bush the majority of the time, but Obama admitted he did so as well: "And the truth of the matter is that the only bills that I voted for, for the most part, since I've been in the Senate were introduced by Republicans with George Bush."

The media brushes off a bipartisan, accomplished reform maverick and war hero, in favor of an ambitious, inexperienced, extreme leftist "community organizer". Why are news organizations and journalists urging us to take a gamble at a new comer at such a crucial time? Do they want to assert the anti-Bush mentality to the point of punishing any republican who dares to run for president? Or do they want to see the first African-American presidency so badly that nothing else matters?

I don't hate Obama, nor do I absolutely love McCain...I'm just baffled at how McCain went from being viewed as a favored political figure to being labeled a Bush puppet.
paniwi wrote:
Oct. 24th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
quote: an ambitious, inexperienced, extreme leftist "community organizer".

Now that isn't entirely fair either, now is it?
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sahmahnthah wrote:
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
no surprises this October
Americans should be very concerned about what the al-Qa'ida agenda is or may become in the future. If Senator Obama thinks that al-Qa'ida proponents can be cajoled or lulled into a mesmerized stupor as his followers are than he has a very big surprise coming to him this November.
vanilla_christ wrote:
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Goodness, whoever told al Qaida they were allowed to vote in our elections?

It's bad enough that we effectively gave them a "vote" in 2004, I think this latest propaganda will have less of an impact... considering that we've all been expecting it anyway (and in October no less).
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