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Al Qaeda Supporting McCain? No, Not Really

The media embraces a silly theory based on Internet forum posts by "desktop jihadists."

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Patrick Poole

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October 23, 2008 - 7:30 am
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Lefty bloggers and pundits are ecstatic over a Washington Post article published Wednesday which reported that online forums frequented by al-Qaeda enthusiasts have expressed support for John McCain. According to the article, forum postings gloat over the present economic downturn, and hope that a McCain presidency and a continuation of the war on terror would play into their quagmire strategy:

In language that was by turns mocking and ominous, the newest posting credited Al Qaeda with having lured Washington into a trap that had “exhausted its resources and bankrupted its economy.” It further suggested that a terrorist strike might swing the election to McCain and guarantee an expansion of U.S. military commitments in the Islamic world.

The reality, however, is that this is just more wishful thinking on the part of the establishment media trying to give Barack Obama cover for his wrong-headed opposition to the surge in Iraq. With Obama having spectacularly failed the commander-in-chief test with his “I’ll win this election by losing this war” strategy (as opposed to McCain’s “I’d rather lose an election than lose a war” approach), they hope to give their man some props by trying to burden the McCain campaign down with the al-Qaeda albatross.   The Post must also ignore its own report published over the weekend that these same jihadist forums have faced extreme difficulty just staying online in recent weeks as al-Qaeda communications have faced a near-complete breakdown.

The internet posting cited by the Washington Post is not an official statement by al-Qaeda’s media arm, al-Sahab. In fact it is little more than some “Ahmed from Amman” desktop jihadist trying to steel himself for a possible McCain victory. The media appears to be doing the same as well.

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