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. McFear

    Yeah because him and his buddy Black is occastrating one with Al Quaeda. So this is simply a hint from McSane to the American people.

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

    There you go again (quoting the famous gipper)!!! McCain has nothing else to stand on than create false fears and give signals to terrorists that they in fact should go ahead and do something spectacular so that some of the ignorant and stupid American electorate will vote for him. He doesn't care if our economy , education, healthcare, environment and foreign relations go thru the gutter. Also, the RNC has proved once again that they are liers and cheaters by dropping the word "really" in Michelle Obama's heartfelt quote when she said, "For the first time in my life I am really proud of my country" – because the democratic party had put forth two candidates one of whom was an African American and the other a Woman, in their lousy ad that they are now running on TV. Shame on RNC and McCain.

    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Phil, FL

    McCain's foreign policy is bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb.

    That's how he will win more wars.

    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Phantom of the Oprah

    Hillary Care post was closed, so I just wanted to say:

    HRC supporters may be displeased by McCain's comment- but that is NOTHING compared to the anger we feel over Obama's constant mocking criticism of "Hillary Care" for the past year.

    A Republican, we expect that from. But from a fellow democrat- that really CROSSED the line.

    Hillary Clinton has worked to provide ALL Americans with Health Care since 1992. Her plan is UNIVERSAL and clearly the best plan out there. THAT IS NOTHING TO MOCK- that is something to VOTE for.

    So… still no vote for Obama from the PUMAS- we will wait 4 years for the BEST plan. Obama's plan is more of the same- "trust?" people to be responsible and voluntarily buy into it? That has worked REAL well thus far. And if people WERE responsible, why does he need to mandate it for their children? Besides, Obama's plan is nothing like HRC's, and if enacted will be be impossible to get rid of. We will then be stuck with a LOUSY plan, for God knows how long.

    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. ls

    GM is going under and a lot of people are going to be losing their jobs, and this idiot is taking to them about WAR!!

    McCain is a complete idiot !

    How can people support McCain? I can't think of any other reason, other than people are on the same mental capacity as he is, which is close to nothing.

    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. helena

    He is wishing for any idea to help him win including FEAR. Isn't that what Bush did?

    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Lesley

    Well, if we have succeeded in Iraq, then it shouldn't be a problem, should it. Don't we have enough to worry about without McCain and his campaign staff threatening terrorist attacks. Why would they time their attacks with campaign season? They don't care about that. That's not on their agenda. He would like a terrorist attack so that he can push his war hero image. This is outrageous.

    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Lai, Houston

    I am tired of these republicans predicting bad and negative things all the time. They never predict anything good. The never predict that the economy should start getting better, or mortgage crisis would be getting stronger. All we hear is one terrorist attch after another would happen.!!!

    July 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Obama Supporter from FL

    How is suicide bombing particularly spectacular or "stepped-up" From what I understand, it happens all the time...

    July 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. JJ

    Seriously McCain...is that it? Every single day we hear you criticize Obama...every single day! It really is getting old now...and you most certainly deserve your nickname...McShame. It's absolute SHAME that you are the best the Republicans could come up with.

    July 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Generation X

    The only terrorist attack will be the one plan by the current US administration. The revolution will not be televised. LOL

    July 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Rick DC

    This is just another Republican "Scare Tactic" before an election. Wake up America! We have heard this kind of rhetoric before . "It's Disgusting."

    July 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Dwight

    fearing war monger , thats what gets weak people to vote for you.
    nothing but a panderer. he is pulling all the tricks. he even tried using obama Change theme. cant you run on your own theme.
    fear is your theme no portraying of confidence there, looser
    will put you in a retirement home after november.

    July 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. River70

    Scare, Scare, Scare... anything but the issues, Mr.MCFumble....McStumble, and McInane.

    July 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. suzyku

    Back to the usual fear mongering! Sadly, I really believes he "wants" this because I think he feels it will "help" him. Problem is that it would happen (again) on the Republican watch and be a direct result of the war that "bush" created and mcsame supports!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. George

    Opps!! He forgot again what he said yesterday “"I repeat my statement that we have succeeded in Iraq. Not 'We are succeeding.' We have succeeded in Iraq,"

    July 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. cherrystrawberry

    OMG! Seriously, this an has lost his marbles!

    July 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Joe

    This does not make sense...McCain speaks to an audience that is probably less concerned with Iraq and more concerned with their economic issues. This is one republican who will probably vote democratic this fall. McCain seems to stand for nothing anymore, is off message on the economy, and really makes Bush look better than ever. His campaign is in the toilet.

    July 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. vicky

    We should not leave when Violence is up and now when Violence is down. ........
    What is success Mcwar?

    July 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. -K&H-

    Wow can you believe it we have finally succeeded in Iraq after all these years. The Iraqi people are free, we have all our troops home and gas prices have lowered, and our economy is of no concern and tax payers dollars are cominging back to Americans. Well that will only happen if you DON'T elect this old fool. Define success dodge bullets, duck and cover, more security, more troops, more men and women loosing there lives everday they are over there. Success to who not ameican families that have there beloved solidiers not come home. Did we succeed in finding the wepons of MSD? What that not what the war was about?

    July 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Linda31

    Let the scare tactics begin. How exactly has the war been won when you are predicting an attack. And is this predictions coming from a dream and sound information?

    July 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Franky

    I don't get it.......he says one thing and says another. I don't get it....

    Senator, stick to what you have to do, not what you want to do....

    July 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Dan

    Fear mongering worked for Bush, so McCain has to try it.

    July 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Kelly

    McCain was talking about before iraqi provincial elections. Al Queda said they would have attacks before iraqi provincial elections later this year.

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Eric

    Typical of Mccain. Trying to have the three ways. He congratulates himself for the "success in Iraq", prevents any downfall if violence increases again and scares people by implying Obama would be happy to get the US defeated in Iraq. Oh, let's not forget Al Qaeda was not in Iraq before the war and the terrorist group would have been defeated if the strategy in Afghanistan would have been consistant.

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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