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. Kiah


    Obama '08!

    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Tony


    McCain should be ashamed of himself. This man will do anything to get elected. What this phony is really trying to say is that if you don't elect him, we will get suffer horrendous terror attacks at home.

    Sounds so similar to the two men in his campaign, one who said that it would be good for McCain if an attack hap[pened before November.

    This is typical Republican fear mongering. Is a lying, cheating, old man with old ideas who we really want in the White House???

    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Al, New Mexico

    There's a bigger danger that Obama's appeasement of terrorists and terrorist regimes will encourage Al Qaeda to come to the U.S. and this time, stay.

    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Kathy

    RKS – Bush was on vacation before 9-11 and IGNORED a memo about it.
    McAlzheimer's can't remember his voting record. He is so crazy it would take a ton of Aricept and Haldol to straighten him out.
    K-K-K-Karl Rove would be proud!!!

    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Gary Chandler in Canada

    What Americans haven't noticed is Bush doesn't want McCain for President. (whether it's because he doesn't like him, thinks he is dangerous, wants his grandchildren in safer hands? all of above)
    Detente with N Korea, talks with Iran, attending China Olympics, freeing hostages while McCain was in Columbia, shifting to Obama's policies on Iraq and Afghanistan, cell phones in Cuba.
    The world is going to be so peaceful and full of love America won't need a nut job who sang songs while dropping bombs from 20,000 feet.

    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Heidi

    Then why isn't McWar discussing this with his best friend GW?

    I really think there is something seriously wrong with him. I think in his mind he has to go to war to make up for all those years he was confined. It's creepy.

    Note to John:
    It’s going to be okay, we’ll protect you. Just go take a long nap and we’ll bring you some hot tea.

    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. An American Whiner

    Is he and his TWIN Bush going to implement this terror attacks?


    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Bert

    The man's name is McCain you dummies and he is right. The moment those terrorists believe they can get one over on us they're going to do it. Show one sign of weakness and watch for another 911.

    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. jbdsm

    McCain and the G.O.P has made it clear that if attacks don't increase, that's good for every American but John McCain, plain and simple.

    July 18, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. CB


    July 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. steveojesse

    All the more reason to leave Iraq.

    Auntie Coosa, yes it does take a long time to change tribal mentality. When will our tribe stop trying to force other tribes to have democracy, and American style values? Let others alone and they would probably let us alone.

    The animosity goes back to the Crusades, and we just keep perpetuating the heavy-handedness that earns Americans the worldwide reputation of being loud bullies.

    July 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. what are you thinking?

    all Obama has to do is sit back and let McCain keep talking...Obama will be President with out even having to try

    July 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. bob

    Some jerk marked another post as spam, so I repost it:

    "McCain was part of the Keating Five, causing a recession. Syminton 4,causing another recession. He cleaned out MILLIONS of Elderly Investments Leaving MILLIONS of Elderly with NO PENSIONS, caused another recession.
    to date. All of their money is in his pockets.
    Arizona has the highest in the USA Mortgage Defaults, causeing another recession. Highest in Illegal Aliens. Highest in Crime. McCain
    is America's DISCRACE And a LIAR LAIR"

    July 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. MIKE

    mcbush go home!!!!!!!!!!!! we dont car about your opinions.

    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Jeff in Illinois

    Sure they will, old man....Because they're just dying for the election to lean toward another Fascist Neocon in the white house. (that was oozing with sarcasm)

    Keep threatening us, you fear-mongering scumbag...Enough people were taken in by dubya and cheney's scare-tactics last time around, but now they see what it has brought them. Less than 30% of the nation is insane enough to think neocon policies are good for the US.

    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    Not one good comment here for Mcain.
    Hmmmm. wonder why.

    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |




    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Dash

    START taxing the rich (including flip-flopper McCain and his adulterous heiress wife)!

    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. NewYorker Magazine Rocks

    I think that its naive to hope that terror issues are going to go away because Obama wins. We live in a crazy world that is getting scarier every day. Whomever gets elected better be prepared to defend this country. I will predict that either Obama or McCain will have to seriously consider bringing back the military DRAFT in the next 8 years. I dont know who is best prepared to deal with this mess but to simply call it fear mongering will not make these lssues go away.

    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. An American Whiner


    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    This guy is an old war monger who loves to use fear tatics.

    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. JR, Plymouth

    Does anyone not recall that we heard exactly the same rhetoric four years ago? If the surge is truly working in significant ways, how can McCain explain these contradictory fearmongering predictions?

    July 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    I really believe McCain and his people, Bush and company are working on that right now so he can have a better chance at becoming the President of the United States, wonder how much money they are having to pay the insurgents.

    July 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. ARB

    why does everything think that obama will be better for this country, when this idiot has ABSOLUTELY no experience whatsoever!!!! please explain this to me? i'm dying to know.

    July 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Brian from Texas

    What is this crazy old man talking about? Does he know?
    Have we "succeeded" or not? What does "succeed" mean?

    The point is, whether we leave Iraq in 2 years or 100 years, Iraq will never be the place we would like it to be and we will never claim absolute "victory". I believe we have succeeded in giving Iraq a chance to mold it's own country. But that will never begin to happen while we still have troops there. It's time to cut the leash and let the country determine it's own future.

    July 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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