If, God forbid, there are plans for another major attack by terrorists on American soil, I’m thinking that it probably won’t happen before November 5.
Primarily because I think those wack jobs disguised as religious heroes who call themselves Al-Qaeda would prefer to see Barack Obama elected president.
And November 5 is the days after the election when we will, presumably, know who the next president is.
Unless, of course, Florida chads, Katherine Harris, Jeb Bush and the Supreme Court decide to reprise their little zany comedy routine from 2000.
And it’s not that Obama doesn’t have every intention of battling the bad guys.
But with McCain, the Qaeda boys and girls pretty much know what they’re going to get from the get go.
John Wayne meets George W. Bush.
In other words, more of the same.
And probably a little more than that.
McCain, after all, served some serious time in his military career and isn’t likely to take a lot of crap from those who would harm us.
And so he would be very likely to continue to policies of Bush, who in his own military career…oh..wait….
With Obama, on the other hand, they don’t really know what they’re getting.
And for them, it’s almost the inverse of the old saying.
Better to dance with the devil you don’t know than the devil you do.
And despite the fact that McCain appears to be the underdog in this election, his fortunes would change overnight if this country experienced another 9/11 prior to the election.
Because in the event of a fire, you’re gonna want to immediately hire the white haired guy who totally knows his way around the fire station as opposed to the young, clearly talented but inexperienced, rookie who hasn’t been big blaze tested.
Americans aren’t all that fired up about the war over there.
Because too many of them are busy fighting the war over here.
Homes being foreclosed.
Gas prices sucking the life out of household budgets.
An historic record low number of people who support, let alone trust, the leaders they have elected.
And nearly seven years after that horrific day when we were bitchslapped in New York City, Washington DC and that field in Pennsylvania, chances are the only people who still have September 11 at the beginning of their list of daily thoughts are those who lost loved ones that day.
So, at the risk of oversimplifying it a bit, the election at this point boils down to a choice between the guy who represents the best chance to win the war over here and the guy who represents the best chance to win the war over there.
And, as I said, out of sight out of mind being what it is, most people are focused on the war over here.
Al Qaeda is lots of things.
But not stupid.
And they have to know that the one sure way to get John McCain elected President of the United States is to bump thoughts of 9/11 back to the front of every voter’s list of thoughts.
We’d all like to think that we have the outcome of this election in our hands because it’s our votes that will determine that outcome.
And that’s true.
It’s our votes that will determine the outcome.
But it’s their actions or lack of action that will determine our votes.
Like you, I sincerely hope that no more Americans have to die in the cause of freedom on our own soil.
And like you, I’m not naïve enough to think that just because the government tells us that we’re safer from outside attack than we were September 11 that we really are safer.
But it’s fair to say we are.
At least until November 5.