Credit where it’s due, the Obama administration received a wake-up call when Faizal Shahzad’s SUV failed to detonate in Times Square. The would-be terrorist’s damp squib went badly not because of our vaunted security apparatus, but because his infernal device was poorly constructed. The White House is waking up to the fact that some fists may remain clenched no matter we wish things were otherwise:
Ties between the alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, and elements of the Pakistani Taliban have sharpened the Obama administration’s need for retaliatory options, the officials said. They stressed that a U.S. reprisal would be contemplated only under extreme circumstances, such as a catastrophic attack that leaves President Obama convinced that the ongoing campaign of CIA drone strikes is insufficient…
U.S. Special Operations teams in Afghanistan have pushed for years to have wider latitude to carry out raids across the border, arguing that CIA drone strikes do not yield prisoners or other opportunities to gather intelligence. But a 2008 U.S. helicopter raid against a target in Pakistan prompted protests from officials in Islamabad who oppose allowing U.S. soldiers to operate within their country.
Well, they can police their country or we will.