You would think that any headline reading:
John McCain ‘endorsed by al-Qaeda supporters’
Would actually be from the Onion. Or something the McCain campaign would say about Obama. But no.
In a message broadcast on the password-protected al-Hesbah site, the group said they would also welcome a pre-election terror attack on the US because that would make a McCain win more likely.
In an endorsement that will not be welcomed by Mr McCain’s flagging campaign, the group said that if al-Qaeda wants to exhaust the USmilitarily and economically, the “impetuous” Republican presidential candidate is the better choice.
“…al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush.”
“If al-Qaeda carries out a big operation against American interests,” it said, “this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it.”
Mark Salter, a senior McCain adviser, had no immediate comment.
Yeah I bet he didn’t. The above is from the Telegraph in the UK. The NYTimes even mentioned it in an Op-Ed piece this weekend. Though it’s hard to take a newspaper seriously when they also cover “Tattooed Leopard Man ditches hermit life.”
The Telegraph points out that this posting is not an official al-Qaeda edict or anything, just the opinion of someone involved (perhaps) with the group. But still.
For years people have been saying that we’re beyond satire, because the country is becoming so ridiculous that even the most far-fetched Saturday Night Live scenarios are really happening. This, I think, definitely falls under that heading. Though, I have to say, a strange reversal from four years ago when al-Qaeda supposedly was all for John Kerry. Hmm.