Don't you just love it? John McCain, the mighty warrior against the infidels of Islam, is their choice for president of the United States.
Not surprising, I guess, when you think that McCain was part and parcel of the U.S. cabal that armed bin Laden and his cohorts during the Reagan and Bush I years when they were trying to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. Of course, the U.S. set up the whole scenario to trick the Soviets into experiencing their own "Vietnam." But, we did good for bin Laden and his buddies. We sent them millions of dollars worth of guns and Stinger missiles and other military equipment. In fact, at that time, bin Laden was our "buddy." And it was during these years that al-Qaeda was formed.
So, maybe this is payback for ol' John? Probably not.
Joby Warrick and Karen De Young at the WaPo write that the "extremist Web site al-Hesbah," closely linked to al-Qaeda wrote yesterday that "Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," because McCain will carry on the "failing march of his predecessor."
That sounds funny at first if you're an Obama supporter, but then the posting suggested that a terrorist strike might be in the offing to try to swing the election to McCain.
The McCain campaign, naturally, was all wind and noise, claiming again that ol' John is the only man in the whole, wide world with the "experience, judgment and fortitude to lead a country at war" ... blah, blah, blah.
The Obama camp did not comment.
Nobody would suggest that McCain welcomes the support of al-Qaeda.
At the same time, however, it is true that George W. Bush's policies have seriously weakened out country militarily and financially. The war in Iraq was a misguided failure of such a magnitude that we may never recover. Bush's policies have served to give motive to al-Qaeda and all Islamic extremists, while at the same time enriching them. As the end of Bush's reign approaches, the United States is in dire straits, while the terrorists eat high on the hog.
And John McCain has said he will continue the policies of George W. Bush, especially as they apply to taxes and the war in Iraq. In that light, it isn't surprising that al-Qaeda would tend to favor McCain over Obama.
Just because they may be tweaking our noses to unsettle the state of our nation, that doesn't negate whatever truth may be found in their comments.