June 30, 2004
— Ace Mickey Kaus is a perceptive and fun writer. However, he does have one grating idiocy: He pretends to think that perhaps Al Qaeda actually wants George Bush re-elected president (scan down to June 20th item).
As he's a Democrat, I can understand his desire to engage in this fantasy. The fact that Al Qaeda is rooting for John Kerry is obviously not an endorsement that will help the Democratic candidate. So he likes to pretend that it's difficult to say precisely whom Al Qaeda is rooting for. Perhaps Zarqawi is rooting for Kerry, but oh heavens no, not bin Ladin himself.
There is one big problem with this goofy thesis. Al Qaeda announced that it hoped the Madrid bombings would drive the hawk out of office and bring the dove into office; it seems awfully strange that Al Qaeda would be pro-Zapatera and yet anti-Kerry.
But let's put that aside.
Mr. Kaus, it's your theory that Al Qaeda wants Bush to win the election, correct?
Answer me this:
If Al Qaeda wants Bush to win, why don't they make the one statement -- costing them nothing at all -- most likely to insure his re-election?
With one single statement, they can destroy John Kerry's candidacy and guarantee a Bush landslide in November.
It doesn't matter if the statement is true or not. I think it is, but that's irrelevant.
The one statement?
Saddam Hussein funded us, trained us, and cooperated with us in planning or executing terrorist attacks.
If Al Qaeda wants Bush to win, Mr. Kaus, why don't they just say that?
Why do they continue maintaining the position that hurts Bush and helps Kerry?
For an organization that you claim is so thankful to Bush for "playing right into their hands," they sure have a funny way of displaying their gratitude, now don't they?
Posted by: Larry Jones at June 30, 2004 06:45 PM (7HiRT)
2. Al Qaida itself is very much keen on sustaining a good image in the arab world, because thatÂ´s their main recruitment base. Telling the world that they cooperated with someone like Saddam Hussein, who was very much hated throughout the arab world, could damage their popularity in the muslim population worldwide.
Posted by: Kaesestulle at July 01, 2004 12:44 AM (e0EZK)
I don't think they care who the President is. Look at how many attacks there were during the Clinton presidency, and he was no threat to them.
So Kaus is all wet on this. They don't care who wins, they want to kill the infidels, anyway.
Posted by: blaster at July 01, 2004 04:26 AM (IpXAD)
"I'm very sympathetic to the book's thesis--that Bush has played into Osama's hands, at least in crucial respects."
Why do these communists want us to be losing?
Posted by: blaster at July 01, 2004 04:29 AM (IpXAD)
Posted by: Mike at July 01, 2004 04:33 AM (eUZox)
In the comfort of American debating societies (or cushy blogrolls), we have the merciful detachment to allow us to invent ornate frameworks to hang our theories on.
Out there in the shit, where AQ footsoldiers are getting shot up in the middle of the street every day, where nobody can even use a cel phone anymore, well. . . something tells me the average mad mullah is like "Dear Allah, anybody but Bush, please!"
While we here all know that the war could be made a lot worse for AQ than it currently is, I'd be surprised-- shocked-- if the general AQ sentiment isn't heavily against Bush.
Posted by: Dave at July 01, 2004 05:03 AM (rV7Dk)
Posted by: Sailor Kenshin at July 01, 2004 05:52 AM (+/E/x)
Regarding who the terrorists support, I'd not be surprised if some of them support Bush because remember: They worship death as much as we worship life.
We're talking about a mentality that refines the art of blowing one's self up.
Posted by: Nicholas Kronos at July 01, 2004 06:22 AM (d8L+J)
Posted by: Ace at July 01, 2004 07:36 AM (iog7U)
"I, Osama bin Laden, do hereby endorse John Kerry for President of the United States."
Posted by: David at July 01, 2004 08:03 AM (NBip6)
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