“Seriously, vote for Bush. I’m fucking serious.”
Yesterday, Attorney general John Ashcroft and Robert Mueller, director of the FBI, held a news briefing/press conference/photo-show-and-tell to alert the American public of the possibilty that al Qaeda, our arch-nemesis in the War on Terror™, may be planning summertime attacks on the U.S.
While perhaps a few jitney riders and resort-goers may experience some inconvenience due to these quasi-anticipated attacks, rest assured, dear nervous Americans, that the motives of our Great Enemy transcend mere discomfiture.
From the transcript of Ashcroft’s briefing to the press:
“After the March 11th attack in Madrid, Spain, an Al Qaida spokesman announced that 90 percent of the arrangements for an attack in the United States were complete.
The Madrid railway bombings were perceived by Osama bin Laden and Al Qaida to have advanced their cause. Al Qaida may perceive that a large-scale attack in the United States this summer or fall would lead to similar consequences.”
Perhaps a translation is in order:
“After al Qaeda attacked hundreds of Spanish commuters shortly before an election, the voting populace in Spain suprised us all by electing an opponent of the U.S.-led war on terror into national office, thereby replacing an official who had stood by President Bush’s side during his unpopular invasion of Iraq. Thus, al Qaeda ‘won’. Furthermore, this means that they shall ‘win’ again if you, the American public, were to elect John Kerry this fall, since he, too, has at times spoken out against the way in which Bush has been embarking on this particular war on terror. But then again, if the attacks take place before the election, do we stop them, and hope that, as with the Spanish example, ‘no attack’ means the re-election of the pro-war candidate? Or do we let the attacks happen and make Spain an example in ‘what not to do’? Fuck. Bush/Cheney 2004!”
Of course, that’s just one reading of the material presented at the press briefing. And it’s not like anyone else has a similar take on yesterday’s event.