Syria attack as partisan Republican election tactic

Juan Cole

It seems to me more likely that the attack was aimed at making sure that what the administration calls “al-Qaeda in Iraq” did not have the means to mount a spectacular bombing or assassination campaign that would hurt McCain and help Obama.

Scott McClellan has already told us that the Bushies are in campaign mode 24/7. I’d say that every single thing they are doing, whether raiding Pakistan or raiding Syria, is intended in some way to help the Republican Party in the election, in addition to whatever local military goal the action had.

Of course, by now the Bushies and Republicans are so demoralized that the wheels are falling off their once polished machine.

Let’s make sure it stays that way and that McBush doesn’t get elected. Obama is a moderate pragmatist, not an extremist ideologue and as such, our chances of getting out of Iraq are much better under an Obama presidency.

In the remaining days of the election, let’s do everything we can to elect Obama. Full tilt. No mercy.


  • Just had another listen to Joe Biden’s acceptance speech and I fear for the future. Too much emphasis on the warriors, the bravest warriors in the world?? How do you think that sounds to other nationals, for example, the Russians, Germans, Vietnamese and British?? Standing up to Russia, defending the people of Goergia, more troops marching into Afghanistan and Pakistan. After the political puff candy of the American dream we are supposed to get overjoyed and accept American leadership in the world, history tells us it has always been a brutal leadership with little thought for anybody but America and not necessarilly the American people. The American dream was always an illusion built on the backs of the poor of the world as it sucked in the world’s resources and with military power maintained and controlled those sources at the expense of the indigenous peoples. Will Obama stifle the corporate world as it tries to continue that dominance of the world’s resources?
    There was nothing in the speech that brought relief to my mind, the same old crap about the great and powerful America. How about the desire to be a partner in the world. When ever anybody says that they want to be the leader I get a bit worried about them and my safety.

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