Gore's Message- Do Not Screw With GW
Just like the Iranians realized that Reagan was crazy enough to go nuke on them regarding releasing the hostages upon his assuming the Presidency in 1981, James Taranto of the WSJ blog suggests that Saudis may have gotten the same message from the Al Gore last week. Remember he said per the Associated Press:
Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment. Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions.
Taranto suggests the message may be:
If your countrymen attack America, you will be "indiscriminately rounded up," held in "unforgivable" conditions and subjected to "terrible abuses."
And don't bother trying to appeal to American public opinion. Most Americans already oppose such treatment, but Bush is too crazy and mean to care.
We all know Gore's intent was to provide clear-eyed dissent as respects policies he disagrees, and in no way give comfort to enemy terrorists who happen to reside in the Middle East, but maybe a few Saudi's realized the better timing of a terrorist act in the US would be after Bush steps down and is replaced by a Democrat.