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. ARB

    why is everyone on here an obama supporter? Just the mere sound of obama's voice makes me wanna puke.

    July 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Cigars....cigarettes?

    Maybe the Iraqis could start making cigarettes to ship to Iran. and the Iranians could supply nuclear power plants to Iraq so that we can have Iraq's oil.

    July 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Karl 'the truth' Rove

    Another move by politicians (both sides of the aisle), the media, and corporations to continue to generate fear under the 'guise' of terror.
    The ultimate goal is for all Americans to be conned into giving up their rights and freedoms.
    Just wait, Iran is next. A false flag event will probably happen in a year or so, in order to make it an easy decision to invade. Our country has done it before (i.e. gulf of tonkin, the lusitania sinking etc). Enjoy!

    July 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    This is hands-down the craziest, wierdest Presidential Election in US history.

    One candidate who knows so much, that he doesn't know what's fact and what's fiction.

    And one candidate who knows so little, that he doesn't know what's fact and what's fiction.

    July 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. outsider

    the American people very easily get scared with republican faremongering,

    July 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Charles

    Fear mongoring at it's best. If the surge has been successful as he states then there will be no action. It is time to send this man back to the Senate, not the White House.

    July 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. rice, bryan

    that's it mcbush scare the hell out the stupid people who thinks that they should care what you have to think. those people have been killing each other for centuries, and all of a sudden when bush takes office, and he wants his hands on the oil, they should stop. even when we leave they are going to be killing each other.

    July 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. J. Dean Juno Beach, FL

    THIS OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN IS SUFFERING FROM A DISEASE WELL KNOWN TO PEOPLE AT McCAIN'S AGE. GEORGE BUSH TALKED A LOT DURING THE LAST 8 YEARS AND WE GOT NOTHING BUT DISASTER FOR AMERICAN AT LARGE AND AROUND THE WORLD. THE SAME APPLIES TO THIS OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN. HE IS OLD, HIS IDEAS ARE OLD, HIS POLICIES ARE OBSOLETE, AS A LIFE TIME REPUBLICAN THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO CHANGE THIS OLD MAN.
    JUST WAIT AS SEE WHEN THIS OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN WILL RETIRE.
    GOOD LUCK.

    July 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. what are you thinking?

    McCain predicts 'spectacular' terror attempts in Iraq
    Posted: 01:48 PM ET

    well it must be true...McCain is the expert. i am glad that it is going to be "spectacular" and not just a run of the mill attack....McCain is sooooo Y2K.

    @LINDA....thank you for your comment. welcome i know you don't love Obama, but look at the alternative

    July 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Tim Wade

    And McCain wasn't going to be an extension of Bush. Interesting to see things have not changed – the fear/terrorism factor is increasing as an election comes up. Same old thing.

    July 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. white female

    LISTEN UP PEOPLE, MCCAIN AND ALL HIS SUPPORTERS, THE EVIL HATEIFUL CONSERVATIVE, ALL OF FOXS NEWS CABLE CHANNELS, FOOLS, FOOLS, FEARMONGERS, THEY'RE AFFAIRD OF THE WARTH THAT WILL BE COMING DOWN ON THEM FOR ALL THEIR AND HATE OF SEN. OBAMA WHEN HE BECOMES THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA, AND RIGHTFULLY THEY SHOULD BE AFFRAID. (WE WILL NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS OT THIS TIME FEAR MONGERS, GO TO CHURCH OR SOME WAY AND PRAY FOR YOUR WICKED SOUL OF HATE TOWARDS THIS MAN.
    IT IS WRITTEN. HE WILL GO TO THE WHITE IN 08.

    July 18, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    Brilliant. By predicting these terorist attacks McCain makes another "bring 'em on" comment like Bush's, that will predictably increase terorist activity. Even Bush learned from this and later expressed his regret. And if we have already won in Iraq, why are we staying indefinitely? And if the terrorist attacks may be escalated in the fall, why does he claim have we won?

    Whatever qualifications McCain claims to have in foreign policy are belied by this Alice in Wonderland approach to Iraq.

    July 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    I hope Americans don't fall for the fear mongering of the Republicans this year. It is obvious McCain will say or do anything to win!

    July 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Derek

    It never fails. Fall behind in some polls and cry that we will all die if I am not elected. A disgrace.

    July 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Denton

    This must be the October surprise that GW and McBush have been promising us. Wow. And you want this guy in the Oval Office?

    July 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. The real Rush lim shady

    yeah...maybe Hitler is planning to launch an attack as we speak , my friends

    July 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. OBL

    Obama '08

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

    See? The republicans have realized that continuing the arrogant war in Iraq is just that sheer arrogance at the cost of precious american lives – Now they and McSame are very subtly trying to retreat and agreeing with Obama using different words. VERY COWARDLY OF MCSAME! They have realized it is time to focus on the 'real' national security threats and issues like tying down Afghanistan, attacking the terrorists in their 'real' territory and catching bin laden. Obama has been on top of it all this time, as usual the Bush/McSame administration are too slow WISE AMERICANS, its is up to you now!

    July 18, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. doc

    I was at ground zero for the recovery, I saw the same body bags that we used in the Nam, with the same contents I saw coffee cups on the desks in the same position the day the side of a building came down. a ghostly wind was in that place the site of the firemen looking with that 1k yard stare I will never forget I saw it all before. Have we as a people forgotten in our blogosphere rambles and insults. I have a candidate but neither do I care what the bloggs spew this is not the world I choose to leave to my children. Our enemies are few but ruthless willing to sacrifice their children to kill the many of our people as they can whether demo. repub. lib etc less we forget and I know osama kind are out there in the darkness of their shadowy hatreds May we never forget 9/11 never forget or it will visit for certain....

    July 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Well McCain sucks.

    Obama is just as bad- AND he stole the nomination.

    I will vote against Obama just to preserve the freedom and fairness and democracy of our primary process. That is the greatest offense- to cheat, threaten, race-bait and strong-arm your way to the presidency.

    That is NOT the precedent we want the newbies to set.

    NO TO OBAMA- that is a certain.

    July 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Does this ring a bell when Bush said "God advise me to go to war with Iraq", Now yesterday Mccain was saying " we have succeeded in Iraq. Not 'We are succeeding" , The defintion of success is favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. If what he said yesterday is true why is he preditcting 'spectacular' terrorist attack in iraq?, I think this old man is losing it or playing fearmonger tactics that the republicans used for the last eight years.

    July 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. socialist-whiner

    mccain is the only terrorist i fear,once bush/cheney are gone.

    July 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. DEBBY, NJ

    BARACK:
    PUMA's resue McShame he is such an IDIOT
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Janet

    There will be an attack in Iraq only if McBomb is elected. This is just fear fear and more fear. Wake up Americans aren't we tired of the same old same old?

    July 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. kenny

    I can't believe that people would elect a leader based on fear of a terror attack. I think there would be a greater chance of getting struck by lightning.

    July 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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