Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Foiled Faux Underwear Bomber: An Ongoing Series

Expect the neocon-national-security-hawk-complex to start raising the hysteria level to purple following the foiling of the latest-and-greatest underwear-bomber attack. The plot, they’ll say, is a chilling reminder of the grave threat that the Islamist enemy still poses to the U.S. of A.

But if this episode proves anything, it is just how overblown this threat is. The best person that al Qaeda could find for the job wasn’t an authentic recruit but a double agent masquerading as a jihadist.

That al Qaeda and its affiliates wish to hurt America was never in doubt. However, intentions don’t alone deliver results. Successful transnational terrorist attacks need quality individuals who, as I wrote last year, would have to be:

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