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