The leaders of Al Qaeda are worried. Their greatest recruiting tool, George Bush, is about to end his term and it looks like his successor in the GWOT might be defeated.
“Al Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,” read a commentary on a password-protected Islamist Web site that is closely linked to Al Qaeda and often disseminates the group’s propaganda.
Four years ago, in the last weeks of the election, Bin Laden released a tape that help insure that Bush was reelected. My guess is that Al Qaeda will do something dramatic this week in the hope that they could salvage McCain’s campaign.
The last thing Bin Laden wants is the cognitive dissonance in the Arab world that an American President named Barack Hussein Obama would introduce. When you are trying to convince young Arab men that the U.S. is the great Satan and they should join your cause, Obama is not helpful as recruiting tool.