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On Al-Qaeda Web Sites, Joy Over U.S. Crisis, Support for McCain

From today's print edition comes this report by Joby Warrick and Karen DeYoung:

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.

The Web commentary was one of several posted by Taliban or al-Qaeda-allied groups in recent days that trumpeted the global financial crisis and predicted further decline for the United States and other Western powers.

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Posted at 12:00 PM ET on Oct 22, 2008  | Category:  Today at The Post
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So, A vote for Obama is a vote for danger, Joe: Is that what you're telling us- Thanks for the Warning! I'll stick with Foreign Policy Credentials at the Top of my Ticket.

Posted by: thecannula | October 22, 2008 4:24 PM

Before you used reason and issues and although I thought you were dissembling and distorting, Now you are using fear mongering. Some how I do not think your judgment of leadership and foreign affairs out strips Colin Powell's.

For reasons of honest disclosure I think you should disclose that you earn more than 250K and that you support McCain to improve you business prospects. Doing that gives you some integrity. Just giving some pointers, your education apparently is deficient when in comes to integrity.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 22, 2008 4:43 PM

Does the editorial staff of the Washington Post underestimate the cunning of Al Queda
on a daily basis, or only every other day?Perhaps Al queda is somewhat aware of their popularity in the USA and of the result of an "endorsement" by them? If we don't get a tape from Bin Ladin this election, it will further tip his hand concerning who he wants and about whom Biden was warning us.
Perceived Weakness encourages both war and terrorist attack: it lights a fire under aggression. Teddy Roosevelt's big stick is the best deterrent. Don't disregard Biden's warning:


"At a Seattle, Wash., fundraiser Sunday, Biden said, "Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America ... Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.""

So, A vote for Obama is a vote for danger, Joe: Is that what you're telling us?- Thanks for the Warning! I'll stick with Foreign Policy Credentials at the Top of my Ticket.

Posted by: thecannula | October 22, 2008 4:34 PM

Steve85 sounds too stupid like JakeD...

Of course, Al-Qaeda likes McCain more. Let's see how the McCain campaing tries to spin this endorsment by Al-Qaeda (FUNNY STUFF!) With McCain, the terrorist organization that killed 3,000 US citizens and caused billions of dollars of damage to our financial system likes to be able to hide in Pakistan and some parts of Afghanistan.

McCain is too busy focusing Bush's misguided 'War on Terror' with Iraq, North Korea and Iran while Al-Qaeda and the Taliban re-furnish themselves.

Obama has already said his focus would be on the ones that caused 9/11!

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 22, 2008 3:34 PM

Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election;
Gee, do you think?

America bogged down like Custer (Mccain) ?

More of the McSame will get you more of the same!

Throw the bums out (neo cons).

Posted by: ukeman | October 22, 2008 3:26 PM

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 22, 2008 3:20 PM

My understanding from Obama's books is that he joined the church to get in touch with the black community. Nothing more nothing less..personally I don't think he is a muslim or christian based on his views and policies....he is just trying to cover all segments of society.

Posted by: steve85 | October 22, 2008 2:47 PM

Why would Senator Obama be a "secret" Muslim? I read in the paper that he was a member of a Church in Chicago for over 20 years and the Republicans were criticizing him for not denouncing his pastor for incendiary sermons. So he was hiding his Muslim faith for over 20 years? Since he was 27? I don't believe that his detractors can have both way, an extremist Christian and a secret Muslim.
Please be serious....

Posted by: BFranco | October 22, 2008 2:31 PM

They want Mccain because the want the war with the west, they NEED the war with the west. McCain would take that fight to them. An Obama president would be more complacent...they would blow up a few buses, trains, etc in California, or a small Nuke attack...and there would be little or no response from they remain at the status quo..they don't increase the numbers or loss their numbers...Obama as President does not benefit them in any way...he is irrelevant...sorry it's just a fact

Posted by: steve85 | October 22, 2008 2:28 PM

Who could possibly fail to agree that the current US financial crisis is in some way connected with the hopes, dreams and plans of al-Qaeda? Not only has there been the extraordinary cost of two unsuccessful wars -- the one in Afghanistan designed to round up or kill al-Qaeda and the one in Iraq to save the world from non-existent weapons of mass destruction -- there has been the extraordinary domestic cost of adding layer on layer of security to American daily life. The virtue of this can never be proved. That there has not yet been another 9/11 in no way proves that this has been because of the billions spent on added domestic security, now moving steadily toward the first trillion.

There were eight years between the two al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center, leading some observers to suggest in 2001 that the next such outrage might at the earliest appear in 2009. The official US response to the second WTC attack has been based on and funded for the understanding that the terrorists have the financial resources to mount 9/11s at will and with great frequency. No evidence is made public to support this frequently stated miasma.

The first al-Qaeda WTC attack cost about as much as the McVeigh Oklahoma City bombing, and did much less harm. The cost to al-Qaeda of 9/11 has been estimated at perhaps $300,000. The official suggestion is that the organization has countless billions and devotes them all to, well, nobody seems all that sure about. But something always expectable by next Tuesday.

Al-Qaeda itself has been making clear for about five years now that it glories in the savage financial cost to the United States through official responses to the terror campaign. In making the case, al-Qaeda has been citing leading non-Muslim northern hemisphere strategic and economic commentators in ways that show it has a sophisticated understanding of Western thinking, and lots of resources to deepen that understanding.

The mistaken belief remains pretty universal that al-Qaeda is a group of guys who cower in a cave somewhere. Many of those guys when arrested are found to have been living in delightful middle-class comfort in major non-Afghan cities.

This is not what President Bush started promising the American people in September 2001.

Posted by: kunino | October 22, 2008 2:06 PM

"Nothing" would be better? Even a secret Muslim in the Oval Office?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 12:44 PM

OF COURSE Al-Qaeda wants McCain

Nothing would be better for them to have ANOTHER "shoot first, ask questions later", "BOMB,BOMB,BOMB Everything" cowboy as US President to help ameliorate the terrorist recruiting.

If Obama is elected, Al Qaeda will be instantly castrated!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 12:07 PM

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