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A new extremist attempt on a plane landing in Detroit on Friday....
Law enforcement officials identified the suspect in Friday's attempted attack as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a Nigerian.
Flight 253 began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit,
Flight 253 with 278 passengers and 11 crew members aboard was about 20 minutes from the airport when passengers heard popping noises, witnesses said. At least one person climbed over others and jumped on the man. Shortly afterward, the suspect was taken to the front of the plane with his pants cut off and his legs burned, a passenger said. Law enforcement officials said the burns indicated the explosive was strapped to his legs.
Mutallab, after taken into custody, said..."he was acting on al-Qaida's instructions".
Obama thinks this was the real deal...
"We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism," a White House official said.
Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23 year old suspect, who is a Nigerian national, reportedly attends University College London where he....studied engineering. He has also reportedly told investigators that he went to Yemen to pick up the device he used on the plane. The Post reports: "Officials described the device as incendiary rather than explosive, pending tests by forensics experts at the FBI. Incendiary devices generally deliver less of an impact than explosive devices."
Not that this wasn't a dangerous situation.....and not that we don't have to continually guard against this stuff....BUT, strapping some liquid and powder to your leg under your trousers and trying to get it to ignite into flames just prior to your plane landing is pretty weak terrorism tea.
“People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration,” said (Pete) Hoekstra (R-MI).
Hoekstra wants Obama to "start connecting" those dots regarding Yemen.....I suppose in the same way that Republicans Bush and Cheney did just before September 2001...or something.
Don't tell Pete Hoekstra....but Obama ordered several attacks on suspected Yemen terrorists inside Yemen a few days ago.
Everything's in place for the mandatory "they said-they said" cable teevee stupidity I've become accustomed to loathing. You know, report on the controversy, whether there is one or not.
Democrats may beat their chests a bit and act like some "vigilance" on their part had something to do with preventing a tragedy.
My question, admittedly early on in this story,......is how soon will it be necessary for U.S. military personnel to occupy Yemen? Or are we already doing so?
If Obama is correct in his strategy for Afghanistan, that strategy being.....Afghanistan, the nation, must be propped up and controlled by U.S. military forces until such time as the Afghanis can defend themselves, because otherwise al-Qaeda types just might find safe harbor in Afghanistan.....and that threatens America...
How could the same thing not be true of Yemen?
Another question comes to mind. How many new suicide bomber-types have been created over the last 8 years because of the American military occupation footprint in middle eastern countries? How many more young Islamic men are willing now to suicide themselves....after having pondered the estimated 1 million civilian deaths resulting from U.S. military actions in primarily Islamic nations?
The Nigerian national being held by authorities after trying to burn-up a plane landing in Detroit......was 15 years old when the U.S. declared its "war on terror."
"Dutch antiterrorism authorities said Saturday Mutallab was traveling on a U.S. visa valid through the first half of 2010."
This is exactly what happened before 9-11. The 19 hijackers all had U.S. Visas. I don't know what the answer is, but I know that if people want to harm you bad enough, they find a way. What we need to answer and deal with, or at least acknowledge, is the "why do they want to blow us the hell up" question. Until we lessen the desire of young Muslims to blow us the hell up....these things will continue to happen. American leadership, still, has not fully confronted the fact that we are creating many of our own problems.