As I do household chores, I am tuned in to frenzied news coverage of the various terrorist-related bombs, bomb scares or trial runs in the USA and London, connected with Dubai and Yemen.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is suspected.
One comment I heard about this possible attack was a reminder that Al Qaeda will time attempts to connect to special dates or to create an effect on other date-related events.
For example, some years ago an attack in Spain had an effect in a change of government and bringing Zapatero to power.
If there was – this is of course conjecture – a desire to affect the US midterm elections, along the line of the attack in Spain, what could that mean?
The Spanish attack destabilized the incumbent government.
The Obama Administration has been trying to “reach out”. If this new activity has any effect at all on political pre-election affairs and perceptions in the USA, the Democrats clearly will NOT benefit. Republicans are seen as being more hawkish on security, less likely to want to play nice with Islam, or bow to Saudi rulers.
If any party would benefit from a shift in public opinion about who may be more willing to apply stronger security for the USA and take a harder line, it will be the Republican Party.
If countries with Islamic governments do not move swiftly to cooperate in investigating and hunting down people who made this trial run, or whatever it is, then we will see that the White House’s overtures have not had any effect. (We can’t expect that Al Qaeda would be impressed by anything Pres. Obama did. Governments should be another matter.)
Anyway, I am opining, that is clear.