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.Unfortunately for us, when they support a candidate they tend to do more than wear buttons.
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.
(Also on this question see Robert Parry on Consortiumnews.com)