An unsubtle new ad released today by the Republican National Committee features fleeting video of Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and other terrorist imagery.
Entitled "The Stakes," the ad also highlights snippets of statements – one over eight years old – from the two al-Qaeda leaders, both still at large. Certain menacing phrases are repeated twice (e.g., "kill the Americans," "suitcase bombs") to reinforce the message.
A ticking sound reminiscent of a bomb timer grows progressively louder until the last repeated phrase ("What is yet to come will be even greater") is shown, followed by the sound of a beating heart, brief video clips of explosions and terrorists in training, and ending with the message "These Are The Stakes. Vote Nov. 7."
President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other Republican officials and candidates have made the war on terror a crux issue going into Election Day, to the point where critics are accusing them of fearmongering. Recent polls, however, don't bode well for the GOP. A Newsweek survey, for example, reveals that more Americans think Democrats will handle the terror war better than favor Republicans on the issue. Other polls have the Republicans barely retaining the upper hand in an area once deemed their strength.
PRESS RELEASE TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS...
VIDEO: "What is yet to come will be even greater" -- Osama Bin Laden, Al Jazeera, Dec. 21, 2001
"With God's permission we call on everyone who believes in God...to comply with His will to kill the Americans." -- Osama Bin Laden (The World Islamic Front, Fatwa, Feb. 23, 1998)
(Text Fades: "kill the Americans")
"They will not come to their senses unless the attacks fall on their heads and...until the battle has moved inside America." -- Osama Bin Laden (Interview, Al-Jazeera, Oct. 21, 2001)
(Text Fades: "inside America.")
"We sent our people to Moscow, to Tashkent, to other central Asian states and they negotiated. And we purchased some suitcase bombs." -- Ayman Al-Zawahiri ("Al Qaeda: We Bought Nuke Cases," (New York) Daily News, March, 22, 2004)
(Text Fades: "suitcase bombs.")
"Our message is clear -- what you saw in New York and Washington and what you are seeing in Afghanistan and Iraq, all these are nothing compared to what you will see next." -- Ayman Al-Zawahiri ("Al Qaeda Threatens More UK, U.S. Attacks," CNN.com, Aug. 4, 2005)
(Text Fades: "nothing compared to what you will see next.")
"'What is yet to come will be even greater.' These Are The Stakes. Vote Nov. 7 -- GOP.com."