Pat Robertson Predicts Major Terrorist Attack on U.S.

God has issued more predictions for the coming year, in the person of his messenger Pat Robertson.

In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Tuesday God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in “mass killing” late in 2007. “I’m not necessarily saying it’s going to be nuclear,” he said during his news-and-talk television show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network. “The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.”

Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.

Robertson said God also told him that the U.S. only feigns friendship with Israel and that U.S. policies are pushing Israel toward “national suicide.”

Robertson suggested in January 2006 that God punished then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke for ceding Israeli-controlled land to the Palestinians.

The broadcaster predicted in January 2004 that President Bush would easily win re-election. Bush won 51 percent of the vote that fall, beating Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

In 2005, Robertson predicted that Bush would have victory after victory in his second term. He said
Social Security reform proposals would be approved and Bush would nominate conservative judges to federal courts. Lawmakers confirmed Bush’s 2005 nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. But the president’s Social Security initiative was stalled.

“I have a relatively good track record,” he said. “Sometimes I miss.”

You’d think he’d be batting 1.000 given the omniscience of his sources. Then again, any god who would use Pat Robertson as his press secretary has to have a sense of humor.

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  1. Bithead says:

    Heck, I predicted that, myself.
    Nothing like Robertson climbing on board your argument to make you second guess yourself.

  2. Anderson says:

    Cries out for the Onion treatment:

    “U.S. Predicts Major Terrorist Attack on Pat Robertson.”

    “I predict Pat Robertson will be the subject of a possibly lethal terror attack,” said area blogger Anderson. “We can only hope.”