Joe Lieberman on Shahzad: The fact is we got lucky

To be fair. Connecticut’s junior Senator begins the bite with praise for the law enforcement people who nabbed this jihadist before he got away, and in record time. But Joe calls it like he see it, and in this case, to paraphrase Liz Cheney, luck ain’t a terror policy.


Notify Homeland Security: Shahzad part of Taliban plot

Not a lone wolf, not an outlier but rather a well funded and well trained, Taliban endorsed, with the official terrorist seal of approval. Says Eric Holder, Faisal Shahzad — a U.S. citizen — likely acted on the Taliban’s direction. His weapon of choice. A US passport.

Officials say the plot proves foreign networks are intent on using American citizens to launch deadly attacks on U.S. soil. Attorney General Eric Holder and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Sunday that the investigation has revealed that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the failed attack, and that suspect Faisal Shahzad — a U.S. citizen — likely acted on their direction.


This is all a pretty far cry from Janet Napolitano’s insistence last week Shahzad was a lone wolf. Now not only are we told he’s not a lone wolf but [art of a growing army that intends to use their citizenship as a weapon.

This could be why Lieberman reiterated his desire to strip these guys of their citizenship.


I am not saying I am for or against this. I certainly would love to see these guys stripped of citizenship but in my world timing is everything. And how long before some crazed politician uses this law on a tea party person? Hmmm? I wonder whether the climate is strong enough to pass this through or if the folks who are so concerned with the Arizona illegal immigration bill will step up on this one too.

Liz Cheney: Luck is not a successful terror policy

After listening to John Brennan this morning Liz Cheney has more than a point. In one short statement she has outlined a glaring weakness in the White House’s approach to terror. As long a a bomb doesn’t explode, for whatever reason, we’re doing our job. To the contrary says Cheney, a terrorist’s incompetence  is not a reason to celebrate victory of policy.


Yet on the same show, National Security Advisor John Brennan, first tries to hide behind the cover of the troops in Afghanistan (one of those, you tell the soldiers we are not successful, lines) and then admits that some will use their citizenship to fly under the radar. Feel safe yet?


It appears Shahzad was hardly flying under the radar. In fact he was flying back and forth between Pakistan his frequent flier miles probably paid for the last trip to terror camp.