No matter who the perpetrator was, the Boston bombing serves as a horrible warning against demonizing counterterrorism.
“Intelligence,” Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed, “is not to be confused with intelligence.” To read two recent analyses of U.S. intelligence failures is to be reminded of the truth of that statement, albeit in very different ways.Exhibit A is last week’s unclassified White House memo on the attempted bombing of Flight 253 over the skies [...]
The antiterror education of President Obama continued yesterday, with his release of a White House report blaming the “counterterrorism community” as a whole for “a failure to connect the dots of intelligence” that would have prevented Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day. Mr. Obama blamed no one in particular [...]
U.S. counterterrorism officials are scrambling to assess a potential new threat from an explosive mixture that evaded detection aboard a Detroit-bound airliner but failed to bring down the plane. Multiple law enforcement officials said the suspected attacker — identified as a Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab — claimed to have acted on instructions [...]