A new video by Al Qaeda calls for Republican humiliation in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, revealing perhaps that the terrorist organization senses an easier time with Barack Obama in the White House. The announcement is poor timing for Obama since it may put his Muslim heritage back in the spotlight in an unfair way.

Pundits remember the threatening 11th hour Al Qaeda endorsement of John Kerry in the 2004 election which did nothing but hurt the Democrat at the polls. Americans are a resilient and hardy people who are not easily intimidated by terrorists.

In contrast to 2004, the new show of support is not directly menacing, but rather a prayer to Allah that Barack Obama and the Democrats be elected to office. That will ensure the humiliation of the Republican party and apparently vindicate the terrorist organization in their minds.

“O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him.”
— Al Qaeda endorses Obama in 2008

“Your security is in your own hands and each state which does not harm our security will remain safe.”
— Al Qaeda endorses Kerry in 2004

The last thing the Obama campaign wanted was an Al Qaeda video. They do not want voters reminded of the image that Hillary Clinton released of Obama in Muslim garb, nor do they want voters focusing on his Islamic childhood and father.

More than even that, they positively do not want any hints that terrorist organizations and states expect an easier time under Obama than Bush, regardless of his pledge to meet with them unconditionally.

Obama’s friends in the press will split hairs to portray the video as not really a direct endorsement of Obama, since he was not actually mentioned by name. Instead Abu Yahya al-Libi, a top Al Qaeda leader, called for the humiliation of George Bush and his Republican party in the Tuesday election, leaving no doubt what is on their mind. He issued the statements in a sermon that was posted on an Al Qaeda website.

One might expect Al Qaeda to take credit for a potential Obama victory next week by gloating that US voters cowered under pressure.