The U.S. may occasionally have a hard time calculating its interests. Al Qaeda, on the other hand, tends to know what’s good for it. That’s why, along with millions of wingnuts worldwide, it wants you to focus on lies about Ayers and ACORN. It leaves angry comments on Fox News websites, incredulous that the media won’t ask real questions about Obama. Why can’t the American people just just just vote for McCain already?

Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.

The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said. "Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."

That’s from the AP’s Pam Hess. Interestingly, al-Qaeda doesn’t distinguish between "real" and "fake" Americas.

Update: An alert reader reminds me of this: