Al Quaeda may be planning a terrorist attack to somehow influence the U.S. elections, LAPD Chief William Bratton and co-author R.P. Eddy warned today in an op-ed in the New York Daily News …
This is a critical election for AlQaeda. The U.S.-led invasions of two Muslim countries during the Bush years and scandals such as Abu Ghraib have been aboon for Bin Laden’s demagoguery. He and other Islamists continually (and dishonestly) cite these wars as evidence of a U.S. war on Islam. That has helped create a steady stream of suicide bombers eager to destroy U.S. targets on their way to paradise.
Bin Laden is likely to believe that a President John McCain – who has jokingly sung of bombing Iran and who championed the troop surge in Iraq – is more likely to engender Muslim anger and resentment than would his opponent. Indeed, international polls, including those in Muslim countries, show striking support for Barack Obama.
Sorry, but what are the angles on this? Bratton’s been all over the world lately, including Scotland Yard but claims he’s not pushing to run another department.
So what exactly does Bratton hope to gain by broadcasting this theory into an overly-charged political environment instead of simply informing the feds, readying the LAPD and generally waiting in vigilant – if slightly paranoid – silence like the rest of us?