McCain’s top adviser, Charlie Black, sees “big advantage” if U.S. suffers another terror attack

John McCain really is running Bush’s 2004 campaign all over again. The politics of fear are front and center. Terror attacks are considered political advantages. Via Think Progress:

Asked if another terrorist attack on U.S. soil would help McCain as well, Black told Fortune that it would be “a big advantage to him“:
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December was an “unfortunate event,” says Black. “But his knowledge and ability to talk about it reemphasized that this is the guy who’s ready to be Commander-in-Chief. And it helped us.” As would, Black concedes with startling candor after we raise the issue, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. “Certainly it would be a big advantage to him,” says Black.

Another 3,000 dead Americans would be a “big advantage”? That’s actually pretty sick.

Now, maybe if Bush captured the terrorists who attacked the U.S. instead of launching a war in Iraq, this wouldn’t be a factor. But it is. This comment really does show how the Republicans think. Their political gain comes before the safety of Americans. No, it comes at the expense of Americans. John McCain’s own top campaign adviser sees terrorist attacks as good things to take advantage of.


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