Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Danger Mice

Mark Steyn highlights the "rush to judgment" that infects those in the government who are always ready to caution Americans to not "rush to judgment" as to the origin of terrorist plots (the better to allay acts of "hate"): Crying Loan Wolf

Whenever something goofy happens — bomb in Times Square, mass shootings at a US military base, etc. — there seem to be two kinds of reactions:

a) Some people go, "Hmm. I wonder if this involves some guy with a name like Mohammed who has e-mails from Yemen."

b) Other people go, "Don't worry, there's no connection to terrorism, and anyway, even if there is, it's all very amateurish, and besides he's most likely an isolated extremist orlone wolf."

Unfortunately, everyone in category (b) seems to work for the government.

America dodged a bullet once again, as did the politicians whose constituents are directly in the line of fire. Even after it became clear that the would-be bomber was a *gasp* Muslim, the cry immediately went up that he was an amateur and loan wolf. As Scrappleface notes, the Times Square operation showed all of the hallmarks of a tightly coordinated plot: hParking Spot Proves Times square Suspect No "Lone Wolf"

While officials called the bomb itself “crude” and “amateurish”, they now privately acknowledge that the preparation, advanced espionage and meticulous orchestration of events required to insert a Sport Utility Vehicle into a curbside parking space anywhere in New York City reflects a high-level of intellectual and technical sophistication.”

“You don’t just drive into New York and park your car,” the source said. “Without a real-time satellite video feed and agents on the ground in constant communication with the driver, that kind of operation can take hours on a good day. Even with all of those resources, the perps still had to count on a certain degree of luck.”

Ha. Ha. Glad we can laugh, rather than spend a week watching funerals on CNN.

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