In what is the clearest and most hilariously pathetic example of how far Al-Qaeda has fallen since 9/11, today they actually resorted to race-baiting President-elect Barack Obama. No, seriously:
Al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri is criticizing Barack Obama in a new message, calling him a demeaning racial term implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites.
Al-Zawahri says in an audio message, which appeared on militant Web sites Wednesday, that Obama is “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X. He calls Obama a “house negro.”
American Prospect has labeled this “Al-Qaeda’s Most Epic Fail Ever.“ Joe Klein and Richard Clarke think it’s a telltale sign of how badly an Obama presidency has already knocked Al-Qaeda off its game. The New Republic wonders how Al-Qaeda missed the conservative wingnut memo that Obama is actually Malcolm X’s illegitimate love child.
But the question has to be asked: what exactly is Al-Qaeda trying to accomplish here? Are they trying to erode Obama’s support in Africa by playing the “He’s not black enough” card? (That’s so 2007.) Are they trying to rally hard-working Iraqis, white Iraqis against the new Obama administration? (The media likes to refer to them as “blue-collar” Iraqis, but we know who they’re talking about.) Are they trying to provoke some kind of racial response-in-kind from Obama himself? (Something his political opponents have collectively failed to do for a decade.) Or are they just trying to secure a guest spot on the Sean Hannity Show? (Take a number and get in line behind the rest of the anti-Semites.)
Whatever the reason, if Al-Qaeda wants to keep its spot as public enemy number one, they’re really going to have to stop embarrassing themselves like this. Stick to the Great Satan stuff. It was working for you. Leave the race-baiting to the Clintons.