The Bojinka plot was anything but nonsense. At an apartment in Manila, Mr. Mohammed and Mr. Yousef began mixing chemicals, which they planned to put into containers that would be carried on board the airliners, as the London plotters are said to have been planning to do.Question: Given Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's stunning performance during Hurricane Katrina, how much confidence should we have in his handling of this situation?
Question: If the government knew all along that Al Qaeda had once plotted to use liquid explosives on planes, why wasn't this previously reflected in airline security procedures? Why now? Can you spell politics?
UPDATE: Joe Lieberman seems to have answered that last question.
“If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England,” Mr. Lieberman said at a campaign event at lunchtime in Waterbury, Conn. “It will strengthen them and they will strike again.”Looks like Karl Rove really is running his campaign ...