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. Are you serious?

    How stupid does McCain think we are? He thinks we are going to fall for the Karl Rove fear tactics three times? (Thanks so much to the people who voted for Bush twice!) He really does believe that we are complete idiots. Please prove him wrong America!

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. dave g, Minneapolis

    "we have succeeded"?! did I miss something? Why do we need to stay for 100 years then when they are asking us to leave?

    Listen to what Barr says on Iraq...

    Anyone who still thinks that the Dems or Repubs really want us out of Iraq are mistaken. The Dems said they would do this once they had control of congress....well....? oh, yeah, they voted to increase war spending. Repubs...more of the same.

    Let's get out of Iraq, Bosnia, Japan, Germany, etc. and get on with Nation Building, Democracy and Freedom here at home.

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Frank, Missouri

    "S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R" ... Terrorism a spectacle for you, McCain ?

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. 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 you will do or say anything to WIN ....Shame on YOU !!
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    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
    MCWAR...ATTACK!! ATTACK!!! NOW FEAR MONGERING!!!

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. cherrystrawberry

    Linda...welcome aboard the Obama Train. Perhaps yu can persuade some of your fellow Puma friends to join you. We welcome all with open arms.

    Obama08

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. ARB

    Greg.....there's always gonna be terrorists in Iraq....we could stay over in Iraq for 100 years like Mccain said and i guarantee that we still would not have killed them all.

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. what are you thinking?

    omg...this man is toooo dangerous to be president...
    is McCain a plant? are they trying to make sure a Dem wins so they can divert all of the Bush destruction on Obama? i cant understand it, i feel more endangered with the idea of McCain as president, he is not stable....wow you know what i am left speechless by McCain.
    please really think before you back McCain, we made this mistake with Bush....can you afford a McCain?

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Dustin

    Wow. It seems that the Republicans will continue to use the same tactics that gave us 4 more years of GW. The dems are pansies and can't protect against the terrorist attacks. We can never leave Iraq because when we do the country will explode. What next? This is very disheartening.

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. bob

    What are we fighting in IRaQ?

    July 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. INSANE IN THE MCCAIN

    for a good laugh check out the hillbuzz website. Man this guy is beyond delusional. He makes Republicans look smart.

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

    OMG he sounds just like Bush by sayin the war is over......

    July 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. S-Man

    McCain, Don't kill Barack with some "spectacular" attacks when he is abroad.

    July 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Keith

    Oh please not fear mongering already! This is all that party can do. One factual correction tidbit, you can't defeat what was never there...Al Qaeda came AFTER we invaded Iraq.
    Anyone else sick and tired of this BS rhetoric?

    July 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. beevee

    If as McCains says we have already succeeded in Iraq by defeating the enemy can one someone explain how will there be any spectacular attacks in Iraq around election time. Is MCCain losing it?

    July 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. curtis

    Good job –keep using that fear tactic. It certainly worked for the Bush administration. They used it to start the war in Iraq and whenever something went wrong – even in unrelated areas – they pulled out the fear tactic to change the subject. The media and the American public bought it every time -like a bunch of sheep. When something works, you keep using it.

    July 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Really

    Obama Party (formerly known as the democratic party): Look in the mirror on the fear mongering, ever time you use the phrase McBuch, you are using the same tactic. Unfortunately you are so narrow minded that you do not realize that Bush and McCain are vastily different. Fear mongering has been used and is being used by the Obama Cult throughout this whole campaign. He is your typical politician. He will say or do anything to get elected.

    July 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Lisa in GA.

    OMG! Why does anyone continue to listen to this .... this fear mongering has to stop...

    July 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Joyce in Florida

    Just bring our troops home already. Enough of the fear mongering only the republicans know how to do.

    July 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Wilson, Seattle

    If we've succeeded, why are we still there? Anyone?

    July 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Portia, NY

    To John McCain:
    OMG, then jump up Grandpa, put a pot on your head for protection, then run up the hill yelling your head off. Don't stop until you reach the top and belt out that old GOP batttle cry "SCARE AMERICANS UNTIL WE WIN THE ELECTION."

    To Americans:
    Pay no attention to the old man yelling at cloud.

    July 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Serviceman

    WHERE HAVE I HEARD THIS BEFORE????

    OUHHH YAAA!

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!!
    JUST 40 MORE YEARS OF WAR TO GO, BRAKE OPEN THE CHAMPAIN!

    July 18, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Deli

    what the ??!?!? We succeeded yesterday and now we FAIL? Flip flop!!!
    i don't get to vote, but this is fear mongering at its best.

    I'm glad Linda has kept her mind open. OBama is not THE BEST candidate but Bush, i mean, McCain is a far worse choice.

    Here's hoping all goes well with Obama in Europe/ME.

    Imagine the huge crowds he'll get.

    July 18, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I thought McBush said we had won the war in Iraq! McBush seems to want it both ways. One day we have won, the next day the terrorists are going to get us! He is so confused, I think he forgot what he said yesterday. If Americans vote for this man, GOD SAVE US! He has to wait for Obama to say what he thinks, so he can have an opposing view. Stayed tuned, his positions change daily.

    July 18, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Praying for America

    Everyone, let's start praying for our counrty right now and do not cease. These people are playing with something very dangerous. Talking this way just to get people afraid. McCain I thought told us that he suggested the surged it worked now what is he saying.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    July 18, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. CW4Barak

    BE VERY CAREFUL AMERICA, we fell for this trick 4 years ago with Bushwacked....and look where it got us.....an endless, useless war, oil prices through the roof, the economy in recession, americans suffering and the country has lost its credibility with the world....don't for one moment think that McBush is any different than Bushwacked....afterall, he was the first person McBush ran to for a major endorsement when he became the Repub. nominee. Don't for one second think their ideals are different. McBush is coming to continue ALL of the same failed policies of the last 7.5 yrs. Take a look at your life and your friends and neighbors lifes and see if you want it to stay like that for the next 4 or 8 yrs. McBush IS NOT the answer for the country!

    July 18, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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