Friday, October 20, 2006

Ultimate Scary Story - Vote GOP Or Al-Qaida Will Nuke You!

Via Outside The Beltway, I see the GOP has stooped as low as it is possible to go in its efforts to scare the electorate into voting Republican. A new RNC ad entitled "The Stakes" alleges that BinLaden is just itching to nuke America and will do so the instant that Denny Hastert's visage is no longer scaring him away.

You can watch the vid at OTB but here's the transcript:
“What is yet to come will be even greater”-Osama Bin Laden, Al Jazeera, 12/26/01

“With God’s permission we call on everyone who believes in God…to comply with His will to kill the Americans.”

-Osama Bin Laden (The World Islamic Front, Fatwa, 2/23/98)

[Text Fades: “kill the Americans”]

“They will not come to their senses unless the attacks fall on their heads and…until the battle has moved inside America.” -Osama Bin Laden (Interview, Al-Jazeera, 10/21/01)

[Text Fades: “inside America.”]

“We sent our people to Moscow, to Tashkent, to other central Asian states, and they negotiated. And we purchased some suitcase bombs.” -Ayman Al-Zawahiri (“Al Qaeda: We Bought Nuke Cases,” [New York] Daily News, 3/22/04)

[Text Fades: “suitcase bombs.”]

“Our message is clear—what you saw in New York and Washington and what you are seeing in Afghanistan and Iraq, all these are nothing compared to what you will see next.” -Ayman Al-Zawahiri (“Al Qaeda Threatens More UK, U.S. Attacks,”, 8/4/05)

[Text Fades: “nothing compared to what you will see next.”]

“What is yet to come will be even greater”

These Are The Stakes. Vote November 7th.
The suitcase nuke rumor has been around since at least 2002, when it was a Drudge story. Here's how even the Free Republic folks thought it was ridiculous.

The big problem with the scare-factor on this rumor is that the triggers on Soviet suitcase nukes have to be "recooked" every 60 days or so. They are useless scrap by now, even if Al Qaida ever had them. Which is doubtful in the extreme. Even uber-right Townhall pundit Dean Barnett thinks the idea is ludicrous.

Here's a link to the original NY Daily News story. It's all thirdhand stuff reliant on the word of a Pakistani journalist, Hamid Mir, who has close ties to BinLaden and has been pushing the suitcase bomb thing, always with different numbers, to different news sources for years.

It also contains a line you won't find in the GOP ad.
U.S. intelligence officials say they are well aware of Bin Laden's lust for nukes and his efforts to buy them on the black market. But they point out there's no concrete evidence that he has succeeded."

Hamid Mir also claimed recently that one of these suitcase nukes would be used in America this September. I must have missed the mushroom cloud footage on FauxNews.

In other words, its a scary story and nothing more. These people have no shame.

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