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McCain Aides Blast Post Report on Al-Qaeda

By Michael D. Shear
Senior McCain aides blasted a report published in today's Washington Post quoting commentary on an Islamic extremist Web site that "Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," saying that The Post had relied on a "blogger" whose connections to al-Qaeda were questionable. And the McCain team accused The Post of running an "inflammatory" headline while ignoring words of praise for Barack Obama from other Middle East leaders.

Randy Scheunemann, the campaign's top foreign policy adviser, read reporters several statements of praise for Obama from a leader of Hamas, the president of Iran and the leader of Libya.

Scheunemann told reporters he would not "characterize" the statements, but later said that "we're going to talk about who has got support from terrorist groups in this election" and then added that "we have three clear examples here of very strong statements."

Former CIA director Jim Woolsey, also a McCain adviser, added: "It is ridiculous to believe that in its heart of hearts that al-Qaeda wants John McCain to be the president. It's ludicrous."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 22, 2008; 12:22 PM ET
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the notoriousflavio writes:

"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 their terrorist recruiting.

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


What are you smoking? How will Al Qaeda be castrated by Obama? Will it be their new found legal rights? Will it be due to their face to face meetings with Obama? Will it be due to all of the monies currently going to fight Al Qaeda being diverted to fund Obama's socialist utopia?

Pass the bowl around...let's all have a toke

Posted by: ihatethepost1 | October 23, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Al Qaeda finally gets it! For years they have been foolishly calling for Americans to support the Democratic party, and what has it gotten them? For years, the American people have elected Republicans, who promptly go out and decimate Al Qaeda's members by the thousands. It shows that Al Qaeda is paying attention - by claiming that McCain would be a better choice (since he would be more successful as a recruiting tool), they are hoping the Dems finally win, which is when REAL weakness will set in, the American spine will turn to a limp noodle, and AL Qaeda will re-energize.

Smart! Look at that! Obama's not even in office yet, and already they are re-energized and refocused!

All Hail Der Fuhrer Obama!!!!

Posted by: ihatethepost1 | October 23, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

It makes perfect sense to me. They see McCain as a continuation of Bush and as is well known, the current Bush administration has been the best recruiting tool for Al-Qaeda. so they figure McCain will be more of the same.

Posted by: larryclyons | October 23, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

People can't see the forest for the trees. Of course, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Chavez in Venezuela and all the other enemies of our great country do not want to see John McCain elected President. They want Obama. Why is that true? Because Obama will sit down and talk to them unconditionally and he is a weaker candidate as Commander in Chief and in Foreign Policy.

I would still rather have Hillary Clinton answer that 3:00 AM phone call if the country is in crisis than Obama. I would rather have McCain or Palin answer that phone call rather than Obama or Biden.

Colin Powell is a relic of the past. He is going to get a cabinet post. Henry Kissinger is the greatest Secretary of State in our recent history and he supports John McCain. Powell was famous for singing KTV in Japan, "El Paso City," and basically rolling around on the stage. Too much sake there, Colin? Whatta joke. Like his decision is going to change my vote. Powell's speech concerning his decision was right out of Obama's play book.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 23, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Did it ever occur to anyone that the purpose of the claimed support for McCain by AL QAEDA is designed to scare the voters so they would vote for OBAMA?
Don't forget REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY people. Don't let AL QAEDA know that their strategy of deception is working on you - that they are wiser and more intelligent than the Americans. DISINFORMATION IS AT WORK AND YOU ARE FALLING INTO IT.

Posted by: LTR245 | October 23, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

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 their terrorist recruiting.

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

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

This is just the way you go about confusing people. If you want people to support your candidiate(when you are a terrorist) you want to reverse roles. Since Biden made one more of his idiotic outbursts, the roles must now change.

Who cares what they think, it's not their election. I care about a man's record, and Obama will switch on a lot more things. He has used peoples wishes for a better world to debase the very man who has protected this country, and cleaned out the biggest scum bag who ever lived.

But he and the Dems will continue to deny us Alaska oil, make government a bigger monster than ever. Why was the Bush Buget so big? Despite the war efforts the Dems insist on antics just like what we saw on the Paulson request. I am 62, a widow, and have a little to live on. I really resent giving money to Hollywood. You know what I owe 79 measly dollars still. And that could just help pay for some baby to be aborted. Put me in jail before I pay it. eay

Posted by: observor1 | October 22, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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 4:22 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. I am helping you out by teaching you about integrity.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 22, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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!

Posted by: thecannula | October 22, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

ABC News- REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL PART 3

"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 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...funny. They didn't seem to have a problem when they were parrotting that Hamas supported Obama. (A claim that wasn't actually accurate.)

What a pack of whiners.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions | October 22, 2008 3:00 PM

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Excellent comment!

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 22, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain has just received the endorsement of al Qaeda. This raises the question: if al Qaeda tries something to change the outcome of the election such as an "October Surprise" (God forbid) is this going to be considered yet another example of McCain failing to control his supporters?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 22, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

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

The war against al Qaeda will be won through the hearts and minds of the non extremist people of the Muslim faith. When we behave like crusaders they respond as if we are the infidels. If we do not behave like infidels there will be no role for al Qaeda. Jim Woosley was never a very perceptive person so I would expect this would go over his head. He is of the warrior mentality. Where we need warriors is in the arm forces and what we need in government is vigilant. wary peace loving individuals.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 22, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...funny. They didn't seem to have a problem when they were parrotting that Hamas supported Obama. (A claim that wasn't actually accurate.)

What a pack of whiners.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions | October 22, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Check out this video of Sarah Palin answering a 3rd grader's question about what the job of the VP is, Scary:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-to-third-grader-vice.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 22, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MikeK2 | October 22, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama is smarter than McCain and he'll wage war more effectively against Al Qaeda.

It's too bad that the Republicans have brainwashed 40% of Americans to think that dumber is better when it comes to strategy.

McCain is Mr. Magoo. Obama will take care of some long overdue business.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 22, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course Randy Scheunemann, Woolsey, et al are going to protest this endorsement. But that's what it is, an endorsement. Al Qaeda has thrived on the neoncon mindset, which has managed to play right into al Qaeda's hands at almost every turn. Who is the Manchurian Candidate here? Most likely the ones the neoocns support: Palin and McCain. After all, almost everything the neocons have advised has turned out to play right to AQ's advantage.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 22, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I wish you (and the country) well too.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Sad to say, but I think he is.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 1:43 PM

Dude, it makes me sad to hear you say that. I don't even really want to argue the point with you (what evidence is there of that? etc...), I just want to say it's really sad that the McCain smear/lie/insinuate machine has gotten to you. I wish you well just the same.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 22, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

It's no secret that al-Qaeda wants McCain to win , there plan all along has been to ruin the American Economy by keeping us locked into an open ended war.

McCain is just another Bush on steroids that would fullfill al-Qaeda's wishes.

McCain is bad for this country ( PERIOD ).

Posted by: cakemanjb | October 22, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sad to say, but I think he is.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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 their terrorist recruiting.

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

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The "secret" part is what I'm worried about.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 1:07 PM |

C'mon Mark. Are you actually saying that you think Obama is a "secret" muslim? I've been reading your posts for a long time and you usually come across as thoughtful and even-handed. Did you go over to the dark-side now? Say it it ain't so.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 22, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I remember the media reporting on Hamas and those other hate groups claiming they support Obama, it wasn't hidden at all.

And of Course Al-Qaeda wants McCain to win. McCain will continue the moronic republican attitude that the can shoot their way out of this problem and that's all that needs doing.

Shooting those who need shooting isn't a bad idea, as part of an overall strategy, but it seems this is the only strategy the republicans have.

They need a spiteful and hateful enemy, just as the republicans do. If the republicans and al-qaeda didn't have each other, they would have to invent each other. Whoever said that first, saw it clearly.

Posted by: barfolomew | October 22, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Al Qaeda and the neocons feed off one another. They need the hate and war that McCain promises in abundance to maintain their base of support in the same way Mcain does. This is no shock it is obvious.

Posted by: jeffl240 | October 22, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It's much more likely McCain was brainwashed by Chinese Communists. McCain has not openly acknowledged this. Are you equally concerned? It seems you are faced with a difficult choice. Or you are an ass. Either way, you've got a tough campaign ahead. Fortunately for the rest of us, normal people don't share your...challenges.

Posted by: zukermand | October 22, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The "secret" part is what I'm worried about.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Mark, if the hypothetical Muslim candidate offers the best policy prescriptions for the issues that concern me, I would happily support him. Do you have a problem with Muslims? I expect you don't. I think you expect others do, so you're willing to lie if you think it will help your candidate. Are you proud of yourself?

Posted by: zukermand | October 22, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the logic behind Al Qaeda wanting Sen McCain to win is impeccable.
- Al Qaeda's announced strategy is to exhaust the U.S.--to tie us down in so many wars for so long that we collapse. Their analogy is their outlasting of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, followed by the complete collapse of the Soviet Union.

- Sen McCain talks belligerantly about Iran and wants to increase forces in Afghanistan without drawing them down in Iraq (which the military says is impossible without breaking personnel rest periods between deployments)

- Sen McCain gratuitously takes shots at Russia and China, increasing chances they will support/provide assistance to regimes friendly to Al Qaeda.

- Sen Obama wants to ramp down in Iraq while ramping up in Afghanistan. Sen Obama also believes in use of firmness without unnecessary (and often empty) bravado. He is much more likely to keep NATO on our side and Russia/China neutral against Iran/Al Qaeda.

- Therefore, from an Islamist point of view a Sen McCain victory plays into the hands of their strategy to exhaust the U.S. through interminable wars.

Bleating empty comments like "Al Qaeda fears McCain but knows Obama will be soft on them" misses the point--Al Qaeda's strategy for victory REQUIRES heavy U.S. engagement in wars until we collapse. Sen Obama is willing to draw down in some places to fix resources on Al Qaeda's leadership--gunning straight for them while decreasing the burden on the U.S. THAT's why they don't want Sen Obama to win--and they're willing to kill a few Americans or at least make a noisy tape in their efforts to keep Sen Obama out of office.

Posted by: Banzai45 | October 22, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on! Its just a plot by Al Qaeda to sneak a secret muslim in as President.

:-)

Heehee....

Posted by: toritto | October 22, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought McCain was supposed to be a fighter. He sounds more like a whiney little babby.
we don't need a victim in cheif.

Posted by: julian9682 | October 22, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Waaaah Waaaaah Waaaaaaah
Maverick Maverick Maverick.
Right of Center country.
WAAAAAAAAAAH
IN THE TANK
WAAAAAAAAAH
POW POW POW POW POW POW POW
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Posted by: julian9682 | October 22, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Nothing" would be better? Even a secret Muslim as President?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 22, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Former CIA director Jim Woolsey, also a McCain adviser, added: "It is ridiculous to believe that in its heart of hearts that al-Qaeda wants John McCain to be the president. It's ludicrous."
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While I give no credence to public statements of terrorists (why would we trust them?), I've long believed al qaeda succeeded beyond their wildest dreams not from the effectiveness of the WTC attack, but the incredibly self destructive overreaction of the Bush administration. One would be justified in expecting Sen McCain, the self-proclaimed "original neo-con", to continue those policies. I'd strongly disagree with Mr Woolsey.

Posted by: zukermand | October 22, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse


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 their terrorist recruiting.

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

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Congratulation "WAPO", you're in good company with the "NY Times" and most of the rest of the "broadsheet" press on McCain's attack list.

Maybe Al Queda want McCain as he's under the delusion we can "win" what's turned into a civil war in Iraq. Pathetic!

Posted by: NotBubba | October 22, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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