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December 26, 2009

What He Wants
Posted by James Lamond

Reactions to yesterday`s attempted attack by Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab seem to be limited.  But there have been a few that stick out:

Rep. Peter King, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee:

This was the real deal... This could have been devastating.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Ranking Member of the Intelligence Commitee:

It's not surprising... People have got to start connecting the dots here, and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration.

And Daniel Foster, at the Corner :

So Abdulmutallab could turn out to be a lone actor who invented the connection from whole cloth, but he could also represent a troubling, if abortive, comeback in the form of the first Qaeda-sponsored attack on American soil since September 11, 2001

Is it me or is this exactly the kind of grandiosity that both this individual guy and the actual organization of al Qaeda want? This 23 year old wants to be seen as part of a the al Qaeda brand name, while the organization enjoys the idea that it is vast interconnected movement.  I am not trying to downplay the dangers of terrorism. But, it remains unclear what exactly this guy`s connection to any organization actually is, and impulsive reactions like those above simply play into his hands.  When someone runs out on the field during a baseball game, television stations have a policy of not showing the offenders on screen -depriving them of the attention they are seeking.  Certain congressman and commentators could learn a lesson from these stations.  As Yglesias rightly points out, "it does no favors to anyone to blow this sort of thing out of proportion."


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Matt Yglesias may be quite correct (IMHO he is, anyway), but of course, that's not going to stop some Republicans from trying to use this incident to score cheap anti-Obama points: what else is today's GOP all about, really?

I'm sure if this had happened under the Bush 43 Administration, these selfsame Reps would no doubt have been brimming over with admiration for the crew and passengers' forthright responses to the threat -- and may even have pointed out the actual systemic flaw (airport security practices abroad) that allowed this near-tragedy to occur.

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