Report: Shahzad told cops he wanted revenge for U.S. drone strikes; Update: Shahzad on DHS travel lookout list since 1999

posted at 4:14 pm on May 5, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via JWF, a hot lead to help the AP figure out what secret motive could be driving this jihadi-trained Muslim bomber.

Dilemmas, dilemmas: Do we follow the “blame Bush” blueprint here and lay responsibility for Shahzad’s act at the president’s feet? Or do we maybe take a breath and remind ourselves that just because the enemy retaliates doesn’t mean one’s strategy is wrong?

Kindly count me on the side of Team Barry.

The Connecticut man charged yesterday with the botched Times Square car bombing confessed to trying to slaughter innocent people in retaliation for US drone attacks that wiped out the leadership of his beloved Taliban, The Post has learned.

Admitted terrorist Faisal Shahzad — who copped to training in explosives in the past year with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, the leading extremist Islamic group in his native Pakistan — said he was driven to evil by the slew of deaths among leaders of the terror group, law-enforcement sources revealed yesterday…

Sources said he was an eyewitness to the onslaught throughout the eight months he spent in Pakistan beginning last summer.

Note well: He’s not lamenting civilian casualties caused by the drone strikes, he’s lamenting the fact that they’ve been too darned successful in decapitating the jihadist hydra in the area. Same with the Taliban tape released last weekend, which cited the deaths of Baitullah Mehsud and the Al Qaeda wonder twins in Iraq as chief grievances. Does that explain why the media hasn’t picked this story up as evidence of why we need to get out of Afghanistan pronto? Or are they just loathe to criticize their boyfriend in the White House as usual? If it’s the latter, given current lefty sentiment about the war, I’m actually surprised.

Andy Levy floated an interesting possibility on last night’s “Red Eye”: Was Shahzad actually a suicide bomber who chickened out at the last minute? I’m thinking no just because (a) the clocks in the back seat suggest a time bomb (although it’s possible that that was an eleventh-hour switch from a planned suicide device) and (b) if he’s part of some jihadi outfit like the Taliban or Lashkar e-Taiba, he’d be a precious asset. How many American-citizen sleeper agents trained in bombmaking can they afford to burn through in suicide attacks? On the other hand, it is odd that his getaway to Dubai seems to have been planned on the fly. If the time bomb was the plan all along, you would think he’d have had an exit route already ready to go. The other lingering question is whether this guy was in fact a sleeper agent and, if so, how long he’s been hanging around waiting to strike. That detail in the Times story spotted by Byron York this morning about counterterror agents following up on Shahzad in 2004 is provocative, although maybe at the time they were taking a look at any young male who’d spent significant time in Pakistan. Another provocative detail: Word around the Bridgeport mosque is that Shahzad wasn’t known to be religious, which is hard to square with the whole “training in Waziristan” thing unless he was purposely staying away from religious facilities here to avoid the feds’ suspicions. If they really were eyeing him for awhile as a possible agent and he knew it, he might stay away from mosques to convince them that he wasn’t devout. Exit question: What kind of deep-cover jihadist sleeper agent tries to set off a bomb with fireworks so weak that they “wouldn’t damage a watermelon”?

Update: Commenters are speculating that he was a terror-for-hire mercenary purchased by jihadbots in Pakistan to do the deed. Okay, but that brings us back to his panicky, seat-of-the-pants getaway. Why wasn’t that pre-planned?

Update: Here we go.

Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States…

The system has been recently called inefficient by members of Congress. In late March, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Susan Collins of Maine criticized the system in a letter to DHS, writing that, “Current functionality does not allow interoperability among databases, fast searching of information, modern interfaces for users of the system, or sufficient security to protect critical terrorist travel data.”

Young male known for spending months in Pakistan who’s already on a watch list for bringing unusual amounts of cash into the country? What could go wrong? I guess now we know why the feds were sniffing around in 2004.

The money question: Just how long has Shahzad been “jihadically oriented,” shall we say?


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AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM

This is why prosecutors would rather not have women on juries.

Infidoll on May 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Such a young guy….and it’s over for him.

Suicide bombers look smarter in some respects.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Perhaps folks like yourself will be on his jury and he will get a second chance. It would be incredibly ironic if your son died as a result of his second chance wouldn’t it?

Like some wacky Californian circle karma closure thingy.

BL@KBIRD on May 5, 2010 at 6:34 PM

It w/b interesting to know if he bought a one way ticket to Dubai. Please post if you know.

Aside from paying case, that should also have been an item to look after him at security.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Young male known for spending months in Pakistan who’s already on a watch list for bringing unusual amounts of cash into the country? What could go wrong? I guess now we know why the feds were sniffing around in 2004.

Don’t forget granted citizenship April 17, 2009.

KittyLowrey on May 5, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Infidoll on May 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Shut it. There are plenty of common sense women who would be miles better than milquetoast men on juries. Please put the broadbrush down.

KittyLowrey on May 5, 2010 at 6:38 PM

DHS didn’t exist in 1999.

BadgerHawk on May 5, 2010 at 6:42 PM

DHS didn’t exist in 1999.

BadgerHawk on May 5, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Correctamundo! CBS just making it up?

Inanemergencydial on May 5, 2010 at 6:45 PM

It occurs to me that he probably thought that when the bomb went off it would destroy the SUV and clues to be used to detect him as the perp would’ve been destroyed as well. When he knew it didn’t go off, he probably realized or suspected that he’d be caught and so planned an escape that he hadn’t thought he’d need before hand?

Midas on May 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Agree.

As for why the fizzle of a bomb. Yeah, this guy trained in Pakistan to make bombs, but the training in Pakistan ain’t all that great. Especially when said training has as a goal being able to purchase all the materials in grocery and hardware stores. You can bet that his instruction to get fertilizer didn’t account for the variety and non-explosive nature of most fertilizer on the store shelves.

Plus, it seems to me like this guy was kinda stupid to begin with.

Jason Coleman on May 5, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Maybe it’s all part of Obama’s new TV show – “54″

Connie on May 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM

So what I’m seeing is that this guy was a Tea Party right wing hater.
– crr6

angryed on May 5, 2010 at 6:50 PM

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Ann, even for you this is too much. Allah, admit it, you are she, she is you, yes?

angryed on May 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Correctamundo! CBS just making it up?

Inanemergencydial on May 5, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Probably just sloppy reporting. Par for the course.

BadgerHawk on May 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

So what I’m seeing is that this guy was a Tea Party right wing hater.
– crr6

I lost my 25 cents betting he was a right winger, but I’d like to go double or nothing on “Tea partier kills a Pakistani out of anger over stimulus”. – Bloomberg

BadgerHawk on May 5, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Did we have a DHS in 1999 ?

macncheez on May 5, 2010 at 6:20 PM

DHS was created in response to 9/11 and didn’t exist in 1999, so if he was on a watch list we’ll need more information about which agency was watching him.

FloatingRock on May 5, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Exactly
There is no way Clinton’s admin was watching ANY jihady.
Since DHS was formed in Sept-Oct 2001, I don’t think they had anything on this Shahzadi because he got his citizenship in 2008. Maybe the current WH is just releasing info on his file to make them look innocent and someone else look bad….hmmmmm

Something doesn’t smell right here

macncheez on May 5, 2010 at 6:57 PM

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM

You’re having a bad normal day, aren’t you?

Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2010 at 6:58 PM

CBS just making it up?

Inanemergencydial on May 5, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Naaaah
they wouldn’t do that
They’ve no record of ….making ….oh wait a minute

macncheez on May 5, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Just how long has Shahzad been “jihadically oriented,” shall we say?

all of his life. next.

upinak on May 5, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Update: Shahzad on DHS travel lookout list since 1999

Two words…

Jamie Gorelick

Seven Percent Solution on May 5, 2010 at 7:00 PM

There is no way Clinton’s admin was watching ANY jihady.

Since DHS was formed in Sept-Oct 2001, I don’t think they had anything on this Shahzadi because he got his citizenship in 2008. Maybe the current WH is just releasing info on his file to make them look innocent and someone else look bad….hmmmmm

Something doesn’t smell right here

macncheez on May 5, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Actually Clenis did go after some of them, just not the right way-he treated them as a legal issue, not as a national security issue. 9/11 was the result.

I will give Clinton credit for one thing-his Justice Department formally linked al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein in 1998. Of course, to the Left, that never happened.

Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States…

The system has been recently called inefficient by members of Congress. In late March, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Susan Collins of Maine criticized the system in a letter to DHS, writing that, “Current functionality does not allow interoperability among databases, fast searching of information, modern interfaces for users of the system, or sufficient security to protect critical terrorist travel data.”

Young male known for spending months in Pakistan who’s already on a watch list for bringing unusual amounts of cash into the country? What could go wrong? I guess now we know why the feds were sniffing around in 2004.

And so he was permitted to become an American citizen last year?

Have we all gone mad???

seanrobins on May 5, 2010 at 7:05 PM

CBS: We have always been at war with Eastasia had a DHS run by competent Democrats.

angryed on May 5, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Shut it. There are plenty of common sense women who would be miles better than milquetoast men on juries. Please put the broadbrush down.

KittyLowrey on May 5, 2010 at 6:38 PM

That there are reasonable women out there doesn’t change the fact that, in general, women are more likely to feel sorry for criminals (and young jihadists who “throw it all away”) than men are. Your unwillingness to recognize that reality suggests you aren’t quite as “common sense” as you think you are.

Infidoll on May 5, 2010 at 7:05 PM

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Wow, you win a lifetime achievement trolling award for that post alone! Amazing work.

ElectricPhase on May 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Actually Clenis did go after some of them, just not the right way-he treated them as a legal issue, not as a national security issue. 9/11 was the result.

I will give Clinton credit for one thing-his Justice Department formally linked al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein in 1998. Of course, to the Left, that never happened.
Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2010 at 7:03 PM

When WTC was bombed in 1993, I used to work in a part of the world which was fighting jihadies on a much bloodier scale. The perception over there , specially of the intelligence community , when the WTC trials started was

Is this guy ( Clinton) nuts ? Does he realize that this is not the end but just the beginning of the attacks on Americans ? Is he so inept that instead of setting up a system to make sure it never ever happens again , he is setting up a system to make sure its not only repeated but the culprits know how to get away with it .”

From halfway around the worls, it was transparent to anyone watching that Clinton put those WTC 1993 jihadies on trial not because he wanted to but because he had no choice politically. And boy were those intelligence experts in that part of the world right when after WTC 1993, we had an upswing in plane hijackings, Embassy bombings in Africa, USS Cole and the planning of 9-11-01, with two additional targets ( Capitol and Pentagon) to name just a few

macncheez on May 5, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Kindly count me on the side of Team USA.

Not only is he a terrorist, but a traitor, as well.

Death to traitors.

sarainitaly on May 5, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Furtive and unexplained trips to the Pakistani hinterlands in dubious company, financed by a shadowy cabal of mysterious Muslim money-men.

But enough about the President’s college days.

Noel on May 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM

He has been to Pakistan thirteen times since 2003…per Fox News. Wow!

d1carter on May 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Infidoll on May 5, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Your faulty assumptions about me and deliberate misrepresenation (or perhaps lack of understanding) of what I said show you’d make a very poor juror, indeed.

KittyLowrey on May 5, 2010 at 7:58 PM

So, what are the chances that he did it because his family was being held hostage in Pakistan?

Greg Q on May 5, 2010 at 7:58 PM

If this guy was on any watch list, how the hell was he granted citizenship?

bw222 on May 5, 2010 at 8:10 PM

The Sep 11 skyjackers hit us hard long before we lofted any drones over Pakistan. If you’ll recall, the Taliban helped Al Qaeda hit us after we had helped them defeat the Soviet invaders and push them out of Afghanistan, clearing the way for them to take over. Let’s also remember that the Wahhabi ideology that drives the Taliban comes from Saudi Arabia, which hates us even after we lifted them up from nomadic poverty to the most opulent luxury.

It doesn’t matter if we do Muslims well or ill. They will hate us all the same because we are not Muslims and a different race. Muslims hate America because we are the world’s superpower, which violates their religion’s demand that Islam rule the world.

It’s all about the Islamic bigotry with a boost from Arab racism.

Tantor on May 5, 2010 at 8:14 PM

So, what are the chances that he did it because his family was being held hostage in Pakistan?

Greg Q on May 5, 2010 at 7:58 PM

None at all
because if that was the case, he would not have transported his wife and kids into pakistan before implementing his jihady act
He took them there for safety from US authorities
and be rewarded by ISI er taliban errr AlQaeda..whatever

macncheez on May 5, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Since AnninCa moved to Texas, California is starting to smell better.

dragondrop on May 5, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Another angle that utterly and completely disgusts is how these so called universities conferred degrees on this weasel. He made Cs, Ds and Fs in undergrad school so he gets accepted for a master program and gets a masters? What a joke. This guy is goddamn moron. These schools fall over themselves to take in foreign tuition dollars. They hand out degrees like they were nothing. Utterly shameful.

pc on May 5, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Looks to me like Obama’s terror prevention systen us working exactly as planned.

notagool on May 5, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Looks like our lonely crazy Muslim has some rich folks back home. Maybe he can pull a Billy Ayers. The soulful dude with the ‘fruit of the boom’ underwear has a rich daddy too, do a Billy Ayers for him too.

BL@KBIRD on May 5, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Ann,

Why do I get the feeling you are one of those ppl whose kid does something and you think it was either no way your kid, or else he must have been peer-pressured? I also have a son-age 19. He recently did something really stupid. He got caught with what equaled less than a thimble-full of pot. He called me to get him out of jail. I said, “No.” Hisstep-father took pity on him and went and got him 12hrs later. Am I cold? Not sure, but I also wasn’t the dumba$$ who had pot in my car. If he did worse, he’d suffer the consequences of that, too.I’d hate it, I’d hurt for him but that would be his choices that put him there. If I was on the jury for this jihadi dude? I’d say “fry him.”

di butler on May 5, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Your faulty assumptions about me and deliberate misrepresenation (or perhaps lack of understanding) of what I said show you’d make a very poor juror, indeed.

KittyLowrey on May 5, 2010 at 7:58 PM

I didn’t assume anything about you, Kitty, I merely pointed out the difference between the anecdotal (some women make super jurors) and the general rule that women often seem to have trouble understanding the juror function (it’s not about understanding and forgiveness). Ann’s post struck me as a perfect example of that phenomenon.

There are also women who, thanks to our ghastly public schools and the propaganda that’s now replaced undergraduate education, brainlessly invoke “girls are just as good as boys” whenever they encounter a discussion about gender that they don’t understand and who, tragically, seem utterly incapable of introspection and self criticism. Guess what made me think of that.

Infidoll on May 5, 2010 at 9:00 PM

He looks like someone crossed Corey Feldman with a Proboscis monkey.

Boxy_Brown on May 5, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Looks like our lonely crazy Muslim has some rich folks back home. Maybe he can pull a Billy Ayers. The soulful dude with the ‘fruit of the boom’ underwear has a rich daddy too, do a Billy Ayers for him too.

BL@KBIRD on May 5, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Professor Shahzadi ( UC Irvine / ) has a nice ring to it

macncheez on May 5, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Somebody tell Acosta, he is sure radicalization had to do with his house being foreclosed upon last year. Idiot!

bluemarlin on May 5, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I think it’s clear that Joe Klein and Chris Matthews need to tone down their borderline seditious talk about Bush and Republicans. Clearly their over-the-top rhetoric contributed to a climate of hate that drove the Times Square bomber to commit his actions.

We must silence them now. For the children.

blofeld42 on May 5, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Young male known for spending months in Pakistan who’s already on a watch list for bringing unusual amounts of cash into the country? What could go wrong? I guess now we know why the feds were sniffing around in 2004.

Don’t forget granted citizenship April 17, 2009.

KittyLowrey on May 5, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Obama is busy working on his golf game.

TN Mom on May 5, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Nice Ray Bans.

DrStock on May 5, 2010 at 10:18 PM

He has been to Pakistan thirteen times since 2003…per Fox News. Wow!

d1carter on May 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

How many of those flights were after late January 2009?

But 2 trips a year isn’t abnormal. 13 trips divided by 7 years equals 2 trips a year.

Of course, that’s the “normal” they want.

Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Chloe is still trying to hack into the database.

BDavis on May 5, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Once the trial is concluded:

Wrap him in bacon and strap him in an electric chair.

No virgins for you!

profitsbeard on May 6, 2010 at 12:36 AM

What I want to know is where did he get his training in publicity head-shot photos?

Buck Turgidson on May 6, 2010 at 7:17 AM

OMG! The world hates us because of Obama!

What do we do now?

Oh, I know. Obama already has a plan for that: give them our nukes and then they will love us.

“Smiley”Gibbs will be on it right away.

I feel better now.

Stepan on May 6, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Admitted terrorist Faisal Shahzad — who copped to training in explosives in the past year with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan

That was in the past year, as in on OBowMao’s watch.

How’s your open hand working now, Barry?

Good job, Hillary.

Can I have my skittle-pooing unicorn now?

Barack is going to restore our standing in the world, huh Dems?

Laura in Maryland on May 6, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Silly infidel, detonation is for kids. It matters not that explosions happen so much as terrorism incidents become the norm. One day, New York City will live with sirens as Israel does, Bin Laden willing.

Clearly, Shahzad embodies the “moderate” muslim from 1999 to now. He comes to the US on daddy’s dime to take a degree, a wife, a job, benefits and then when both hands are full of all he can take, the moderate muslim burns his bridges in the US by stiffing his mortgage company and leaving a smoldering bomb that will give his resume priority for handling NGO cash back in his i$lamic paradise.

FeFe on May 6, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Re: DHS not existing in 1999. From the article:

Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.

Seems like that TECS list did exist in 1999 and I’m guessing was made part of DHS in 2002.

Tom_Shipley on May 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Seems like that TECS list did exist in 1999 and I’m guessing was made part of DHS in 2002.

Tom_Shipley on May 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Way to pull that out of your a$$, champ!

Inanemergencydial on May 6, 2010 at 9:23 AM

What are we going to learn next that Faisal Shahzad is Barry’s illegitimate child, don’t the timelines match, Barry Obama made his secret trip to Pakistan in 1981, maybe the Chandoo brothers can confirm this.

War69DotCom on May 6, 2010 at 9:42 AM

“Somebody’s financially sponsoring him, and that’s the link we’re pursuing,” an administration official told The New York Times, noting that Shahzad received money from Dubai to purchase the Nissan Pathfinder used in the failed attack and his one-way airline ticket to Pakistan following the attack. “And that would take you on the logic train back to Pak-Taliban authorizations.”

J_Crater on May 6, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The Connecticut man charged yesterday with the botched Times Square car bombing confessed to trying to slaughter innocent people in retaliation for Obama’s abominable US drone joke he told to a shocked crowd over the weekend attacks that wiped out the leadership of his beloved Taliban, The Post has learned.

Sweet_Thang on May 6, 2010 at 11:57 AM

There was no way the bomb could have exploded.Clocks with wires to nowhere????

This guy was a CIA plant trying to infiltrate the higher echelons of the Taliban. He was supposed to escape back to Pakistan, but the FBI goofed up and captured him.

percysunshine on May 6, 2010 at 1:23 PM

The guy is on watch lists for 11 years, travels to Pockeeston 12 times since 2001 bringing large sums of money into the country and is still allowed to become a citizen?
Face it people, we’re screwed.

lonestar1 on May 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Good Lord…being put in this for carrying in $80k in ’99 (which equates to almost $7300 A YEAR!) does not give anyone enough information to go on.

Even if that WAS found, in conjunction with returning from Pakistan (which apparently he told somebody, Customs perhaps?, was to visit family) BEFORE the attack, STILL doesn’t meet any threshold for ANYTHING.

There’s absolutely NOTHING that anyone could go on, that I can see, UNTIL they found the VIN, his prints, etc.

I am STUNNED at the lack of rational grasp of facts…if he’d popped up on their radar as connected to a terror group prior, then this may come up to solidify, but not ON ITS OWN.

Would you convict him for supporting terrorism knowing about just the flights and the $80k as evidence? Puh-leaze.

Now, maybe is State and/or Immigration had actually digged onto his background during the marriage visa/naturalization process, they MAY have found something…MAY.

But, now…I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure.

Miss_Anthrope on May 6, 2010 at 8:35 PM

AP, I think you’re missing some of the foggy forest for the trees.

You ask:

On the other hand, it is odd that his getaway to Dubai seems to have been planned on the fly. If the time bomb was the plan all along, you would think he’d have had an exit route already ready to go.

Just walk that back a bit and ask why and when he planned the getaway to Dubai. The reason was panic. The original bombing plan had short-circuited.

He also knew screwed up very badly when he left the keys in the vehicle . . . and for a few reasons that were no doubt preying on his mind throughout.

Yes, he knew had stripped the VIN number from the vehicle dashboard. But because he quickly knew (literally within seconds) that the bomb had not gone off, it had to occur to him that there could be at least a few quick ways the vehicle could be tracked to him.

So, he needed a fast getaway, and he began forming a panic-driven escape plan out of the country, as he worked his way back to Bridgeport by train.

He may very well have had a more leisurly post-explosion getaway plan in place, but with no back-up. And, unfortunately for him (and fortunately for law enforcement), more than one thing did go wrong.

Not only did the bomb fizzle, but he was supposed to pick up another vehicle. He couldn’t — no keys. The morone left them in the Pathfinder, along with his house key. He then had to ask for assistance getting back into his place, too. More exposure. He knew if the vehicle was tracked, and investigators tried the house key in his door, and it worked, he was toast!

So, he panicked and opted for the quick flight out of JFK. Even called on the fly for a ticket . . . while knowing that was giving him even more exposure. But he had no choice!

This guy was no doubt breathing heavy the whole time.

Remember what he said to investigators when they hauled him off the plane? “I’ve been expecting you.”

You bet he had!

Had the bomb gone off according to plan, he figured any ID of the vehicle would have taken a long time, giving him enough time to execute a more casual escape, which he probably had all mapped out.

Perhaps he intended to sit tight for a while, thinking (erroneously) that the explosion would have destroyed any forensic capacity to identify the vehicle.

He did have his wife and other family in Pakistan. So he had a ready-made logical explanation as to why he would want to leave the country.

But the fog of war intervened. He screwed up. We, the American people, lucked out — this time.

But he and the Administration both got exposure, the latter because it was starkly revealed that, but for the grace of God, they have no demonstrable capacity to protect us. No plan . . . other than law enforcement after the event, when perhaps several hundred americans are killed and wounded.

Trochilus on May 7, 2010 at 8:59 AM

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