Charlie Black's Terrorist Attack Comment—a Flub or the Quiet Truth?

A McCain adviser said a terror attack would help the Arizonan—was he off-base or speaking the truth?


Charlie Black, a former lobbyist and close adviser to Sen. John McCain, told Fortune that a "fresh terrorist attack 'certainly would be a big advantage' " to McCain politically. He added that the December assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto helped McCain in the Republican primaries. McCain quickly condemned his aide's remark. But some say that Black was only expressing what pols have privately been saying for months—that national security events would only underscore a natural advantage the GOP has in that area. Was Black wildly out of line? Or did he merely make the mistake of speaking the truth? Post your thoughts below.

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