Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Al-Qaeda, McSame and Trophy Vice

It's tempting to dish about the latest Straight Talk hypocrisy.... Sarah "Hockey Mom" Palin was Barbied-up for her "everywoman" appearances on the trail by the National Republican Committee to the tune of.... are you ready for this working moms.... $150,000 for clothes, hair and makeup. And, at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, no less. Has the hockey rink gone all "bling" on us?

We'll also resist the impulse to wonder why Clothes-horse Sarah doesn't understand the job description for the high office to which she aspires.... it's in the Constitution, Sarah. The vice president is to become president should the need arise, and can cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. That's it.

But, for the fourth time, Palin gave the same answer when asked about what she thinks the job of vice president is about. Here is her latest answer: ..."They're in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes..." Evidently it's hard to deprogram pageant-patter.

No, the news that should grab our attention today is about endorsements. Not the ringing endorsement of Barack Obama by The Decider's first Secretary of State, Colin Powell. No, this is about an endorsement of John McCain, and a celebration of our financial crisis... by al-Qaeda.

As reported today in the Washington Post, "Al-Qaeda is watching the U.S. stock market's downward slide with something akin to jubilation, with its leaders hailing the financial crisis as a vindication of its strategy of crippling America's economy through endless, costly foreign wars against Islamist insurgents.

"And at least some of its supporters think Sen. John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to continue that trend.

" 'Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,' said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said the Arizona Republican would continue the 'failing march of his predecessor,' President Bush.

"The Web commentary was one of several posted by Taliban or al-Qaeda-allied groups in recent days that trumpeted the global financial crisis and predicted further decline for the United States and other Western powers.

"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."

They're right. Bush's misbegotten war in Iraq has been a recruiting dream for al-Qaeda and the Taliban. And, McSame would trumpet a terrorist attack before the election as a reason to continue Bush's foreign adventures by electing him commander-in-chief.

Just as the Iraq war has depleted our military and financial resources, the Bush administration's other corporations-first-middle-class-last policies have resulted in the gutting of the economy.... transferring wealth to the already wealthy then going to already hard-pressed taxpayers to bail out the reckless raiders..... over $1 trillion in corporate welfare. This is in addition to the exploding national debt and trade deficit.

Oh, yes.... the terrorists out there are pulling for McSame and his trophy vice, Palin.

November 4. Vote. It matters!

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