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. What the heck

    There were no al-quead in Iraq until McBush and company went in...I think McCain is getting some advice fromKarl Rove he is trying to scare people into voting for him.

    Terroism, socialism, racism is next

    July 18, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Marcus B

    I never thought the politics of fear would start so soon! McCain should be ashamed of himself. All we have to do is train the forces and police officers in Iraq with a risidual presence, bring our combat troops home, and send more troops to Afghanistan to ensure that violence levels fall in that region. This is not rocket science!!!

    OBAMA/SEBELIUS 2008-2016

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Phil, FL

    Typical – rule by intimidation and fear. NO to McCain. NO more republicans.

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Marius Krullebol

    Succeeded????????? Yeah, and Obama is a socialist and the earth is flat!

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Mike D

    He would love to see terror attacks, his campaign thinks it would be great.

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. from CT

    Fear tactics! Wow lets put everyone into a state of panic in hope's of winning the election, boy that'll help the economy, oh right the wifey has a 100 million who care's about the economy...

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Puma puma puma

    Obama obscenely forced his way to where he now is – without any merits, any track history of accomplishments and without any qualifications whatsoever.

    Now he must persuade the democratic party that he deserves the nomination that he strong-armed, cheated, threatened, bullied and played the race card to attain.

    The celebrity bandwagon, fueled by the media pushed Obama to where he is. The super delegates then carried him across the finish line- under threats by African Americans to black out the vote, and the newbies to stay home.

    Guess what? White people, older women, blue collar workers- the CORE base of the democratic party- can stay home or vote for another candidate JUST as easily.

    So in the future… stop with those strategies just to install your nominee.

    I will never vote for the one who stole the nomination from the true winner.

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Yesterday we had "succeeded" in Iraq, and today we should expect terror attacks in Iraq because they "have not been defeated" yet. Which is it McCain? It can't be both......

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Jon

    And cue the Obamabots "I thought we already succeeded in Iraq" comments.

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Jason

    Seems yet again a republican wants to be voted in by scaring people about terror attacks.

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Ken Pittsburgh

    Is this guy out of mind if things are giong so grat in IRAG than why the hell would say this ? The Repub's know how to scare to death to vote fro them.

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. LakeShore

    Old man yells at cloud!

    July 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Pathetic

    Here we go again, GOP tactic 1# spread fear, and the issues dont matter. McCain can not compete with obama on the issues so hes going to scare up some votes.

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. TESAP

    wOW......... THIS IS AMA-A-ZING..................

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Tim in NC

    I would like to know what the Senator's definition of "Succeed" is?

    And I thought the Surge was working... how can there be an upshot in these "spectacular" terror attacks if things are going so well, if, indeed, we have already succeeded in Iraq?

    Has Ms. Cleo signed on with the McCain campaign now?

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Word on Hillary Care

    Everyone knows that Hillary Clinton has the best health care plan. Everyone- supporters and haters alike- know that Hillary is 100% committed to providing ALL Americans with affordable Healthcare.

    Yes… other countries do it- and IT IS NOT FREE. To make it happen, EVERYONE must be included and it must be paid for by ALL.

    Of course there are subsidies and rebates and free care for those without the finacial means to pay… but those WHO can pay, MUST.

    That is how the rest of the civilized world does it.

    NO TO any PLAN but HRC's. I am voting AGAINST Obama's health care plan. It is a joke. Give it for free to a few, and let the others decided to opt out if they wish to. How is that UNIVERSAL? Who pays for the health care of ALL those who choose to opt out? Those people get sick and have diseases and accidents just like everyone else.

    Sorry… but Obama and McCain have similar NON- plans. Both of them feel the need to knock down HILL's plan- the GOLD standard.

    I will wait for the REAL deal- till then, must block Obama's plan from getting a foot in the door. It will be impossible to eradicate once it roots and it will be an absolute nightmare. The DRUG companies OWN Obama. Hillary knows how to do war with them.

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Tina

    All what I can say is, wow!

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Hulk BUSTER

    Scare tactics didnt work for me when Bush used them but it did work for millions of others.

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Andre' of Maryland

    Here we go. We all new that McSame would not take long to start scaring up votes. This time it is not going to work McSame. There is too much that you are not addressing. Your economic policy is the same as Bush. Your foreign policy is failing by the minute and you DO NOT have a health care plan. Come on....if you want votes show you can lead and not scare people. You war hawk!!

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Paul

    Here we go again McBush predictions of dome. Maybe we should all drink a Bud while it is still American. Oh yeh you will not benifit directly from the sale will you,Right? Another I I I I I answer to that question eh? Lets get real McBush

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. John Pittsburgh

    Fear fear fear fear, vote for me. Fear fear fear fear, vote for me. Fear fear fear , vote for me.

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Faulty Intelligence

    And we care because his other predictions have all panned out. Let's be real here! I think he hopes so or who knows they may even start something to give his statement credence.

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill

    To the silly Obamabots- if HRC supporters are angry at McCain's comment on Hill's health care plan… then IMAGINE our rage at Obama for basically saying and doing the SAME thing as McCain for the past year.

    During the primary, Obama did nothing but criticize Hillary's plan- a plan much better and far more inclusive and superior to his own sorry excuse for a healthcare plan.

    We already have McCain's and Obama's plans- buy into health care IF you want, or OPT out if you want to- and let the other taxpayers pay the cost for your irresponsibility.

    Sorry, but I will NEVER vote for Obama because HIS health care plan sucks. THAT is why I voted for Hillary to begin with.

    July 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. joe


    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    mcWAR seems to have connections with this group to boost his campaign with spectacular attacks.


    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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