Al Qaeda loves the Republicans

The Republicans are trotting out the same old canard from '04 when Cheney claimed that a vote for Kerry would be a vote for another 9/11: "It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on November 2nd, that we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again."

This time, both Cheney and Snow are turning reality into a pretzel by claiming that the antiwar Ned Lamont is encouraging Al Qaeda by advocating for the removal of Al Qaeda's greatest recruiting commercial ever: American troops in Iraq.

Well, two HUGE, though relatively unknown pieces of information from Ron Suskind's One Percent Doctrine put that lie to that thinking.

First, back in 2003, the CIA and NSA learned something interesting which Suskind characterized as "another growing consensus" and " a conclusion that was the last thing anyone in the White House wanted publicized": That Al Qaeda might not even want to attack the U.S. With 9/11 their work was essentially done. They provoked the sleeping bear into a clumsy and stupid quagmire. They'd set the ball rolling and set themselves to assisting the big bear in hastening its own demise.

The second, that Bin Laden helped Bush's reelection. CIA concluded immediately after bin Laden's pre-election message that it was designed to help Bush. According to Suskind, CIA's John McLaughlin immediately concluded that "bin Laden certainly did Bush a big favor today." Watch Suskind lay it out in the clip... (transcript below the fold)

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