July 18th, 2008
01:48 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain predicts 'spectacular' terror attempts in Iraq

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/18/art.mccainterror.ap.jpg caption="McCain said he expects terror attempts to increase in Iraq."](CNN) - John McCain said Friday he expects the presidential election this fall will increase the occurrence of "spectacular" terror attempts in Iraq.

Speaking at a General Motors facility in Warren, Michigan, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate touted the decrease of violence in Iraq, but said Al Qaeda is not yet defeated there.

"I predict that they will make an attempt as we get in to the election season to make more of these spectacular kinds of attacks which they're still capable of doing," he said. "The suicide bombers, et cetera, would not surprise me and we've already found out that they're going to try and step up their attacks and try and do things in a more spectacular fashion so that they can erode the support of the Maliki government."

Watch: McCain predicts terrorist attempt during election season

The comments come a day after the Arizona senator appeared to make a rhetorical shift in how he described conditions the war-torn country, telling reporters aboard his campaign bus that "we have succeeded in Iraq."

"I repeat my statement that we have succeeded in Iraq. Not 'We are succeeding.' We have succeeded in Iraq," he said Thursday.

Last month, senior McCain advisor Charlie Black stirred controversy in an interview with Fortune Magazine, when he touted the Republican presidential candidate's national security credentials and said another terrorist attack on the United States would likely boost his White House chances.

McCain repudiated those comments, and Black later apologized.


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soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. bidulen

    Welcome Baby Mac in the fearsland. What can the GOP offers about the big problems we get in the States and around the world? Fears and war. Give us a break man. We are not in 2000 or 2004. Wake up warmonger.

    July 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. John - Houston

    It has to take most serious here since most of the words coming out of the McCain haters are McSame McShame McBush or McIcan'tcomeupwithanoriginalonebecauseIamakoolaiddrinker...

    so why don't we stick to facts, saying down with McCain makes me want to vote for Obama less and less,

    that and he called Privatization of Social Security Social Darwinism, one of those two.

    July 18, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Dave, Illinois

    He is being a realist. Remember the terrorist attacks in Spain before their elections? You bunch of Obamites have a short memory and big mouths.

    July 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Is anyone really surprised by this???? Bush did the same thing before his re-election...Fear Mongering at its finest! NOT THIS TIME!!!

    To PUMAS or whatever you people are. This particular blog is in regard to statements made by McCain. Why are you on here continuing to diss Obama and spout pro Hillary garbage. Get a life!! She's out!!!

    Obama/Biden or Clark, 08
    No Hillary for VP

    July 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Pinhead!

    Is he lieing?

    Is he just a feeble old man that really doesn't remember where he has been or what he has said?

    Do we need either in the White House?

    Put the NO in NOvember for this old fool.

    An old Vets home would be the perfect place for old John.

    July 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. therealist

    Like predicting the rain...., it's all about the timing..

    July 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. William, from Cali!

    It's my hope, that they( our enemies) aren't listening.........and if they are; they don't read English or understand it...............for our sake!

    July 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. larry buchas

    A terrorist attack? That means your surge isn't working, McSame!

    Whatever happened to "It's safe to visit the market?" Go put your helmet and flak-vest back on.

    July 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. NotPayingHillaryDebt

    Fear-Mongering .. When will this Stop?!?

    July 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Kathy

    Ah yes, REPUBLICANS, the party of fear tactics.

    July 18, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Petra, Independendent from PA

    Very 'callous'- the use of the word 'spectacular'.. the fact that the terrorists use that word does not mean it should come from the lips of a wanna-be US president. Terrorism is terrorism, and whether it is on a small or large scale does not diminish its impact on the lives of people...

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Julie

    Funny isn't it...he can predict that there will be more attacks, he can predict disaster if we leave Iraq. It's just too bad he couldn't predict that Iraq would turn into the disaster it had before it happened. Sorry McCain, you've been wrong from the start and continue to be wrong. Your scare tactics don't work this time around.

    Obama '08.

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Bob S

    He should change his Bus name to "Fear Machine"

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Ian

    Is the attack going to be spectacular because of the awesome weapons we sold them?

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. ProudToBeDemocrat

    -Bush Mission accomplished
    -Bush God advised me to go to war with Iraq
    -Mccain we have succeded
    -Mcain God talk to me about future occurrence of "spectacular" terror
    attempts in Iraq
    Conservative right wing who call them self Christians are using God to decieve us people wake up and start praying .

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. ARB

    i love obama!

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Tom

    Boo! Vote for me!

    Eh, Halloween isn't for three more months.

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. norb

    What's scary John is looking at the gas pump saying 5 gallons and you've already put in 25 bucks! The economy is what's scary.

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Pam

    And the campaign of fear rolls on.

    July 18, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Tito

    John Bush McCain hates women. McCain thinks women love to get raped. McCain thinks wife-beating is funny. McCain abandoned his wife and their three kids for a little rich girl(Cindy McCain) 35 years younger than he is.

    July 18, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. ARB

    and obama will bring us nothing but misery pepou if he gets elected.

    July 18, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. McCain Speech writer

    We have succeeded in Iraq.....
    We are expecting a spectacular attack before the elections
    We have succeeded in Iraq.....
    We may have to have troops in Iraq for the next 10 or more years
    We have succeeded in Iraq.....

    You don't have to worry about WMD....
    (there weren't any to begin with)
    We are getting rid of Al Qaeda in Iraq
    (we brought them in, we should take them out)

    We will count the days until Obama goes to Iraq...
    Obama is just going to Iraq for a photo op....

    I'm not an expert on the economy....so I have advisers for that....
    My advisor says you all are just a bunch of whiners….just because you can't afford a gallon of gas....or milk.....

    July 18, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Bill from ALabama

    I wouldn't be happy on the Obama train. Hiring him for President would be like hiring someone off the street.......................wait a minute........................Obama is just off the street! Give me McCain if Hillary can't have it. I want experience,folks!!!!!!!!!! Not a street corner Socialist,promising everyone anything that will get a vote.

    July 18, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. JA Cook

    " We have succeeded in Iraq"

    Great! Now we can bring most of the troops home and shift a few to the original objective in Afghanistan.

    July 18, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. FEAR MONGER !!!!

    (CNN) — John McCain said Friday he expects the presidential election this fall will increase the occurrence of "spectacular" terror attempts in Iraq.........McWar I didn't know you could stoop so low
    FEAR MONGERING!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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