Because nothing is so heartening as seeing Al Qaeda trying the strategies that failed McCain 08. What next, naming some lady named Sārah for No. 2?
Via Huffington Post, Counterterrorism Blog:
Global reactions to Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's controversial condemnation of U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama as a "House Slave" (or, alternatively, "House Negro") have begun to pour in -- including via the top jihad web forums used by Al-Qaida to disseminate its propaganda. Though hardcore Al-Qaida supporters have predictably dismissed any criticism of Dr. al-Zawahiri and are fiercely backing his choice of words, there is a rather ironic (if not entirely unfamiliar) twist to this issue. After observing international press reporting on the incident, these same supporters are now bitterly attacking the media for its "unfair" pro-Obama bias and for deliberately "confusing" the meaning of al-Zawahiri's message.
See Diary on al-Zawahiri's comment on Obama as House Negro,
See also diary on Newsweek's article on how Al Qaeda is being undermined by muslim regard for Obama
Because this has to be a diary, let me just note how doing the right thing, the smart thing, the forward looking and hopeful thing, of electing Barack Obama has completely thrown our enemies back on their heels already. It's not like we had to make a choice between defending against al Qaeda and abandoning every ideal we ever had.
For five or so years, a murderous terrorist organization has been beating the US in a PR war. We've righted the ship and we'll see where it sails.