the whole picture must be understood. True, bin Laden wants Bush to win in November, so that he'll continue his "war on terr'r" and thus cause more recruits to the terrorist cause. So, a pre-election attack is being planned, bin Laden's prediction being that this will skew the electorate toward Bush out of fear or something. So far, the thinking is clear and probably correct.
But what it fails to appreciate is that Bush needs terrorism too, and needs it to be feared for at least two more months. Accordingly, we're in for two months of threat and counterthreat, with no certain results, just more fear on our side, more anger on theirs.