[FoRK] Stupid Republican Windbags, or, Cthulhu's Man On The Inside

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Mon Sep 20 09:58:46 PDT 2004

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The best thing about these "AQ loves Kerry" claims is that al Qaeda have
_already_ issued a statement saying that they would prefer if Bush wins:

  'The statement tells American voters that Abu Hafs al-Masri supports the
  re-election campaign of President Bush: "We are very keen that Bush does
  not lose the upcoming elections." ... [it] needs what it called Bush's
  "idiocy and religious fanaticism" because they would "wake up" the
  Islamic world.'


and *are* reportedly planning a pre-election attack, but in the hopes that
it'll ensure a Bush win:

But I suppose the target audience for these slurs won't actually
pay any attention to reality anyway.

- --j.

Jeff Bone writes:
> Hastert -> Hastur -> elder god, wind demon from the Cthulhu mythos...
> --
> Hastert's al Qaeda comment draws fire
> Idea that terrorists want Kerry to win called 'silly,' 'disgraceful'
> 	http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/09/19/hastert.remark/index.html
> WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Top Democrats slapped back Sunday at a remark by 
> House Speaker Dennis Hastert that al Qaeda leaders want Sen. John Kerry 
> to beat President Bush in November.
> At a campaign rally Saturday in his Illinois district with Vice 
> President Dick Cheney, Hastert said al Qaeda "would like to influence 
> this election" with an attack similar to the train bombings in Madrid 
> days before the Spanish national election in March.
> When a reporter asked Hastert if he thought al Qaeda would operate with 
> more comfort if Kerry were elected, the speaker said, "That's my 
> opinion, yes."
> Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe called Hastert's 
> comments "disgraceful," saying there was "no room for this in our 
> political discourse."
> "And I remind you that, you know, we could have done a lot better," 
> McAuliffe said on CNN's "Late Edition."
> "The president of the United States, on August 6th of 2001, was told in 
> his briefing that America was going to be attacked by al Qaeda and they 
> may use airplanes," McAuliffe said, referring to the terrorist attacks 
> of September 11, 2001.
> "He didn't call the FAA. He didn't leave his monthlong vacation. He sat 
> down there."
> Kerry's running mate, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, said Hastert 
> "has joined the fear-mongering choir."
> "Let me just say this in the simplest possible terms," Edwards said at 
> a rally in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. "When John Kerry is president of 
> the United States, we will find al Qaeda where they are and crush them 
> before they can do damage to the American people."
> Hastert, who as speaker heads the Republican-controlled House of 
> Representatives, showed no sign of backing off his comments.
> His spokesman, John Feehery, said Sunday that the speaker's comments 
> "were consistent with the speaker's belief that John Kerry would be 
> weak on the war."
> "If John Kerry is perceived as being weak on the war, then of course, 
> his election would be perceived as a good thing by the terrorists," 
> Feehery said in a written response to questions about Hastert's 
> remarks.
> "The fact that John Kerry can't make up his mind about the war only 
> strengthens that perception."
> Neither the Bush campaign nor the White House had any comment on 
> Hastert's remarks, but Bush has accused Kerry of repeatedly changing 
> his position on the war in Iraq.
> The comments followed a remark by Cheney earlier this month that 
> Americans might be subjected to another terrorist attack if they were 
> to make "the wrong choice" in November.
> Cheney later said that any president must expect more attacks and that 
> his point had been that he felt Bush was better prepared to deal with 
> the threat.
> Some Republicans played down Hastert's comments Sunday.
> "I doubt that Osama bin Laden is likely to weigh in on our presidential 
> election," said Rep. Chris Cox of California, chairman of the House 
> Policy Committee and fourth-ranking member of the Republican leadership 
> behind Hastert.
> Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska called the remarks "silly."
> "I think most Americans understand that, regardless of who's president, 
> the terrorists are still going to be terrorists, and they're going to 
> still target Americans," said Hagel, a member of the Senate Foreign 
> Relations and Intelligence committees.
> "And I don't think terrorists of the world sit around the campfire 
> gauging who's the easier president to deal with."
> It was the second time this month that Hastert's comments have provoked 
> a public row.
> Billionaire George Soros, a major backer of Democratic causes, asked 
> the House Ethics Committee to investigate Hastert after the speaker 
> suggested in a television interview that Soros got money from "drug 
> groups."
> Hastert later said he was referring to organizations to which Soros has 
> contributed that favor drug legalization, but he ignored Soros' demand 
> for an apology.
> Analysts differ on just how much the Madrid bombings influenced the 
> Spanish election.
> Some say they prompted Spaniards to vote out Prime Minister Jose Maria 
> Aznar, a key U.S. ally in the Iraq war. Others say Aznar's insistence 
> on blaming Basque separatists, not Islamist terrorists, tipped the 
> electorate against him.
> In any case, Aznar's successor, Socialist Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, 
> withdrew Spanish troops from Iraq shortly after taking office.
> Find this article at:
> http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/09/19/hastert.remark/index.html
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