"Islamic terrorists want war. They want suffering - among others and their own people alike. They would surely surmise that McCain will give them what they want. Bin Laden himself intervened with what many thought was the effect of keeping President Bush in power in 2004 with that weird tape just before the poll. I think al-Qaeda would back McCain - that is not an argument for or against America backing him, but it seems to me that the vague assumption that the terrorists would back a lefty is lazy thinking..."
The anti-BBC case proven methinks. Al-Qaeda want to win in Iraq. They want America humiliated. Only McCain can ensure that the benefits of Petraeus' surge are seen to their conclusion.