If al-Qaida leader Usama bin Ladin is trying to influence the November 2, 2004 U.S. presidential election, as some analysts say, which candidate does he prefer? The Political Observer really wants to know since it's difficult to tell from reading a transcript of Mr. bin Ladin's videotaped address to the "people of United States." The videotape, aired by al-Jazeera on October 29, 2004, has elicited responses from President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry, his challenger in the November 2 elections.
October 2004 Archives
October 30, 2004
Shades of Richard Nixon's Enemies List: The Associated Press report that "about 60 charities, churches and other tax-exempt groups are being investigated" by the Internal Revenue Service "for potentially breaking federal rules that bar them from participating in political activity," reminds The Political Observer of the late President Richard Milhous Nixon's compilation of an Enemies List . Mr. Nixon used IRS audits and the threat of IRS audits in an attempt to silence those on the list.
Linda Feldmann, staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor, noted in an October 29, 2004, news analysis that, "on the eve of a presidential contest, late-breaking events can have an outsize impact. While nothing has risen to the level of a blockbuster "October surprise" - the term coined from the 1980 race, when Democrats feared Ronald Reagan and his friends were secretly arranging to delay the release of the U.S. hostages in Iran until after the election - this has been an October of mini-surprises," she wrote. The Political Observer agrees.
Doug Thompson , a Fayetteville, Arkansas-based reporter and columnist for the Arkansas News Bureau and The Morning News, says "President Bush is a casualty of his own war. The only question now is, will he survive his wounds," he wrote in an October 30, 2004 post analyzing why polls show Senator John Kerry tied in Arkansas with Mr. Bush."
October 29, 2004
Baghdad Burning is one the most popular of the Iraqi blogs that emerged after the Bush Administration invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003. On October 25, 2004, the Iraqi woman behind Baghdad Burning posted her opinion on the U.S. presidential contest between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. She wrote, in part:
"Who am I hoping will win? Definitely Kerry. There’s no question about it. I want Bush out of the White House at all costs. And yes- who is *in* the White House *is* my business- Americans, you made it my business when you occupied my country last year)I’m too realistic to expect drastic change or anything phenomenal, but I don’t want Bush reelected because his reelection (or shall I call it his ‘reassignment’) will condone the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. It will say that this catastrophe in Iraq was worth its price in American and Iraqi lives. His reassignment to the White House will sanction all the bloodshed and terror we’ve been living for the last year and a half."
October 28, 2004
Xinhua, in an article headlined "Iraqis see no dramatic change in U.S. policy on Iraq after elections," quotes Ismaeel Mohamed, a professor at Baghdad University, as saying Senator John "Kerry will not be better than [President George W.] Bush. They are the two sides of one coin, but I still wish Kerry to win the election," he reportedly said. I've heard several Americans make the same comparison.