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Subliminal Messaging in McCain's Obama Iraq Documentary?


Is it just an accident that the order in which the letters to John McCain's "The Obama Iraq Documentary" seems to subliminally make a reference to al Qaeda?

That's what some are wondering.

McCain's 8-minute video, which debuted on Thursday, attempts to try and show Obama's shifting positions on Iraq.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

In other news, McCain had another geographically-challenged moment this morning on Good Morning America, warning of hard struggles ahead in Afghanistan, "particularly given the situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border." Unfortunately, Iraq and Pakistan have no common border.

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  1. I've been anxious about the fall election for weeks, but if Ol' Man McCain keeps showing these early signs of senility....well. Doesn't matter how "nice" you come across if you don't know that it's Bagdad we must get stabilized & secure, not Saigon.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 21, 2008 12:02:56 PM

  2. I figured it was a reference to the upcoming release of Stargate: Continuum

    spoiler alert
    spoiler alert
    spoiler alert

    (It involves Ba'al.)

    Posted by: tjc | Jul 21, 2008 12:15:14 PM

  3. Derrick, all McCain has to do is make people want to have a beer with him, and he's guaranteed the Whitehouse. Considering his wife is a Coor's heiress, I am wondering if he will run on the "FREE BEER for EVERYONE!!!" platform?

    Then, of course, there is his expected running mate, Mitt. Just waiting for the dark, underbelly of the Religious Right to start manipulating THIS election.

    Posted by: Rad | Jul 21, 2008 12:21:36 PM

  4. Don't knock the allure of senility. Look what it did for Ronald Reagan!

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jul 21, 2008 1:01:37 PM

  5. i think rad and roscoe are right... stupid is cool and mccain's senior moments no doubt have quite an appeal to most americans who have no idea where iraq or pakistan are either...

    Posted by: the queen | Jul 21, 2008 1:17:47 PM

  6. Ooooh...spooky! Also, I hear that if you play the video backwards it says "My sweet Satan" and "Paul is dead".

    Posted by: paul | Jul 21, 2008 1:22:48 PM

  7. Other than the possible subliminal fearmongering, I was surprised at how tepid and inept the "documentary" is. The flipflopping charge worked against Kerry because of his unfortunate soundbite of having been for the war before he was against it--since Obama doesn't have such a soundbite (and indeed was against the war from the beginning), the attempt to collect all of his various statements on Iraq as a testament to flip-flopping comes off as ham-handed and half-hearted. Actually, by appealing to the issues (and letting Obama largely speak for himselfon these issues) rather than personality or emotion, the ad reinforces Obama as a serious contender, albeit one with different policy prescriptions. The ad's "translations" rarely add up easily to what they are meant to, which means that most viewers will leave confused about what they are meant to think about Obama after watching this.

    Posted by: GBM | Jul 21, 2008 1:35:15 PM

  8. "Thank you for the enlightening post. Appreciate it a lot.
    Subliminal messaging can indeed be very powerful. Interesting enough, a website (non-aff link) sells a bunch of subliminal programs. Might be interesting to check them out. "

    Posted by: Samantha | Jul 22, 2008 1:43:04 AM

  9. Loook this!!

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 22, 2008 9:27:02 AM

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