Just because the stereotype of Republicans being "tough" on defense, and by extension on terrorism has been peddled by the Republican Party and the media for the last 25 years, doesn't make it so. Yet the Corporate Media insists that this is indeed an unarguable fact.
Charlie Black's comment of how a Terrorist Attack would help John McCain get elected isn't an absolute truth, but you'd be hard pressed to find one corporate media reporter that would challenge the notion. I have never seen or heard of a John McCain accomplishment that would suggest this idea that he fights terrorists better than Barack Obama. Walking around Iraq surrounded by armed guards with helicopters overhead doesn't make one tough. Being a POW 35 years ago might have made one a hero, but it doesn't mean that one actually fought a war, or know how to win one. Sitting in Senate chambers yammering senate speak or listening to the testimonies of those who might know, doesn't gift one with sound judgment on what actions to take in the realm of war and peace.
The truth of the matter is that 9/11 occurred under a GOP administration. Further, the GOP haven't caught Osama Bin Laden, and the GOP invaded a country that had not attacked us, which distracted America from going after Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. So how does this add up to John McCain being the guy best able to handle terrorism? I don't see it, and most thinking people don't either. The talking heads sitting around the table at MSNBC in the morning, that pass the "meme" to the WAPO reporters in the afternoon, that shows up reported on NBC's Evening News, and later in the week in the latest NEWSWEEK issue (thanks to Media conglomeration) are why Americans believe this fairy tale.
We need to be "smart" as well as "tough", and the GOP have never been known for their high IQs, far as I know.
The fault lies in the "journalists" who never really provide any evidence as to why the GOP have an advantage in fighting terror (all I can think of is that they are more trigger happy and love the dollars generated by MIC aka war profiteers). Instead they just repeat it as a "known fact" for whatever their reasons. But in the end, a lie, told over and over again, is still nothing but a lie.
Americans should righteously be appalled that Charlie Black believes that what is good for John McCain's campaign is to have a tragedy occur on our soil. The media may truly believe that singing 'Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran' makes McCain appear to be tough on terror, but it simply just doesn't; not this time.