Monday, August 14, 2006

Spinning for al Qaeda

Yesterday morning I caught a bit of John McCain's appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. While I can't find a transcript for that show, I'm pretty sure I remember McCain saying something to the effect that America's withdrawing from Iraq would be a victory for al Qaeda. And it occurred to me that it was pathetic that McCain is so wedded to seeing his own foreign policy vindicated that he'd be doing pre-emptive spinning for al Qaeda. You know, I'm pretty sure that al Qaeda itself will spin anything America does as a victory for al Qaeda. So it really isn't necessary for McCain to do their spinning for them.

As it turns out, McCain has a history of that kind of thing: Here he is giving advice to al Qaeda.

Dick Cheney of course also has a history of spinning for al Qaeda:

CHENEY [video clip]: If we follow Congressman [John P.] Murtha's [D-PA] advice and withdraw from Iraq the same way we withdrew from Beirut in 1983 and Somalia in 1993, we will simply validate the Al Qaeda strategy and invite more terrorist attacks in the future.

Naturally, Cheney spun Joe Lieberman's defeat as a victory for al Qaeda:

Cheney suggested Wednesday that Lamont's victory might encourage "the al Qaeda types" who want to "break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task."

How do you suppose all those Connecticut voters like being accused of encouraging al Qaeda by the likes of Dick Cheney, who couldn't be more helpful to al Qaeda if they were paying him lobbying fees?

Joe Lieberman has also taken to doing al Qaeda's publicity work:

After British officials disclosed Thursday that they had stopped a terrorist airline bombing plot, Lieberman warned that Lamont's call for a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq would be "taken as a tremendous victory" by terrorists.

Which is weird 'cause Joe himself, in his desperate last-minute scrabbling for votes, said that he himself "now felt a 'heavy responsibility' to end the war quickly," and said that he opposed an open-ended commitment in Iraq. So if I understand Joe correctly, if Lamont is elected and takes steps to end the war, that will be a "tremendous victory" for al Qaeda, but if Joe is elected and takes steps to end the war . . . not a victory for al Qaeda.

With flacks like John and Dick and Joe, al Qaeda needn't bother releasing any more of those videotaped statements. It can just sit back and let John and Dick and Joe trumpet its "victories."

UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald was evidently thinking along the same lines yesterday (great minds, etc - heh); here's his list of right wing flacks for the Islamofascists.


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