Friday, February 22, 2008

Who Does Osama Want?

Fox News (consider the source) has done a poll on who Americans think that Osama bin Laden wants to win the Presidential campaign:

A new Fox News poll asks Americans which presidential candidate they believe is the favorite of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Not surprisingly, the poll concludes that the terrorists prefer Democrats:

Who is Usama Rooting For?

Who does Usama bin Laden want to be the next president? More people think the terrorist leader wants Obama to win (30 percent) than think he wants Clinton (22 percent) or McCain (10 percent). Another 18 percent says it doesn’t matter to bin Laden and 20 percent are unsure
It's highly speculative at best, but I have a few opinions on the matter (of course).

There has been nothing better for Osama bin Laden and the radical fundamentalist Muslim movement than George Bush. Any reasonable response to al Qaeda would keep them a two bit group of nuts and weaken their base of support, the Arab street. Bush put them on the map, gave the fundamentalist movement legitimacy, momentum and tons of international popular support. Sure, they've lost some martyr's to a so-called "tough" approach, but look at the current state of Islamic fundamentalism. After years of a Bushian strategy, they're stronger than ever, have a shot at regional control (Afghanistan/Pakistan) and are strong in Iraq. As as a little extra added bonus, the Shiite Islamic fundamentalists have grown in power and influence under Bush as well.

So who would Osama want to win? I think it's McCain hands down. To take it one step further, it wouldn't at all surprise me to see some sort of U.S. domestic terrorist threat or attack prior to November.

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