Leadership al-Qaeda Can Believe In

Websites that support al-Qaeda view John McCain as the better presidential candidate, according to a story in the Washington Post.

Al-Qaeda is watching the U.S. stock market's downward slide with something akin to jubilation, with its leaders hailing the financial crisis as a vindication of its strategy of crippling America's economy through endless, costly foreign wars against Islamist insurgents. And at least some of its supporters think Sen. John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to continue that trend.

"Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said the Arizona Republican would continue the "failing march of his predecessor," President Bush.

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There's little doubt McCain would continue the failed policies of the Bush administration -- policies that undermine American influence and prestige in the rest of the world, that grow enemies, and that divert resources the country needs to rebuild its infrastructure. That might be good for al-Qaeda, but it would not be good for the United States.

[T]he comments summarized what has emerged as a consensus view on extremist sites, said Adam Raisman, a senior analyst for the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamist Web pages. Site provided translations of the comments to The Washington Post.

"The idea in the jihadist forums is that McCain would be a faithful 'son of Bush' -- someone they see as a jingoist and a war hawk," Raisman said. "They think that, to succeed in a war of attrition, they need a leader in Washington like McCain."

Let's not give al-Qaeda's members the leader they want in Washington.

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    I'm not sure how this helps Obama (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by rdandrea on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:19:41 AM EST
    Nor am I sure it isn't a fabricated story.

    Hey, Republicans have established (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by ThatOneVoter on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:20:42 AM EST
    a strong precedent for voting against the candidate A.Q. endorses. Let's hope they continue with that.

    Quick. Someone send this (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:27:45 AM EST
    to Joe Biden.

    I'm sure this is true (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Chatham on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:51:01 AM EST
    But, eh, I don't care for stuff like this.  We shouldn't really care about what these people think.  It's something I used to hear the right argue a lot that I never liked ("they want the Democrats to win").  Still, hard to see how this wouldn't be true.

    As Americans (none / 0) (#5)
    by robert72 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 12:05:48 PM EST
    are not likely to vote for al-Queda - rationally they really want Obama to win.

    Yeah, but (none / 0) (#6)
    by lentinel on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 12:14:21 PM EST
    This point of view, that Al-Qaeda would welcome a McCain victory, is on the same level of the Repubs saying that Al-Q would welcome an Obama victory because he is a terrorist sympathizer IMO.

    There are unsavory people out there who would benefit from the election of either Obama or McCain.

    Al-Q doesn't have to worry. Our present leader is negotiating a deal where we'll be stuck in Iraq until 2011.

    And if Obama is elected, he has already said that troops withdrawn from Iraq, should there be any, will be heading to Afghanistan.

    So, the drain on our resources will continue.
    Rest assured, Al.

    In any case, we don't need this kind of smear - that the enemy will rejoice at the election of either of these two.

    Meanwhile, a man who denegrated (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 05:14:11 PM EST
    the regime in Kabul was spared the death penalty and will only have to serve 20 years in prison.  So, of course we should send more troops to Afghanistan to preserve their democracy, shouldn't we?  

    since (most likely) (none / 0) (#7)
    by cpinva on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 12:21:10 PM EST
    no member of al-Qaeda gets to vote in our elections, it really makes no difference who they favor, assuming they actually favor anyone.

    The problem with stories like this is that (none / 0) (#8)
    by hairspray on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 02:13:00 PM EST
    both sides use it to their advantage if there is such a thing.  In 2004, the GOP kept pushing the fact that Al Quaida wanted John Kerry to win.  Silly!

    McCain and Murtha agree (none / 0) (#9)
    by Roschelle on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 02:52:46 PM EST
    McCain agrees with Murtha in Moon, PA

    al-Queda says our economy is hurting (none / 0) (#11)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 05:15:18 PM EST
    partly because of all the money we are pouring into Iraq.  Why do U.S. voters reject this idea?

    Whoever checks out.... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 10:33:48 AM EST
    these extremist websites has some set of stones...I salute their courage.  

    I'd be scared to death of a couple federal agents showing up at my door in this day and age of uber-surveillance.

    If AQ was planning all along to defeat us through economics, they're doing a heckuva job.  All they need to do to finish the job is get to China and get our credit cut off and we'll be forced to retreat to within our borders...empire over.