I was listening to an MSNBC podcast and the reporter said:
“As much as airline security has been tightened since 9/11, this attempt to bomb a plane bound for the US demonstrates this: that determined terrorists are constantly looking for gaps to exploit.”
Clearly, this is ridiculous. This incident has shown us many things, but that is not one of them. Among the things it shows us:
1) The government is as incompetent at performing basic security as it is at providing anything else of value.
2) In light of 1), Al Qaeda and its allies are not terribly interested in launching attacks on US soil. It would not, apparently be terribly difficult to do so if they actually had much desire.
3) Considering the attacks seen overseas, Islamic militants are mostly interested in attacking soldiers in Muslim areas and civilians who are living in occupied areas.
4) It is difficult to get someone who is both competent and smart to sign up for a suicide bombing mission.