The Real ‘October Surprise’

The spectral image that has haunted this presidential campaign finally surfaced last weekend on television with an attack ad of his own. All that was missing was the tag line: “I am Osama bin Laden, and I approved this message.”
Bin Laden’s campaign video was quickly dubbed the “October Surprise,” but the real surprise is something different: It is that, despite warnings by U.S. intelligence that al Qaeda was planning a pre-election attack, it hasn’t happened. Indeed, there hasn’t been a terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, and the intriguing question is: Why not?
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