We knew this would happen, I just hadn’t expected it to happen this quickly. This from Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation:
It may be that the Pakistan-based Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has quietly established a Connecticut franchise while we weren’t looking. That’s possible. But it seems far more likely to me that the perpetrator of the bungled Times Square bomb plot was either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right. Which actually exists in Connecticut, where, it seems, the car’s license plates were stolen.
His proof? Well, Timothy McVeigh was white:
And the fact that the suspect, videotaped, is a white male in his 40s, hasn’t deterred our vast team of terrorism talking heads from describing the operation as part of the jihad. Of course, it could be that some offshoot of the jihadist movement recruited a white bread American to do its bidding, and it could be that the man shown in the videotape is not the culprit at all. But, as in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, when self-appointed experts blamed Muslims only to find out that it was a Gulf War veteran named Tim who did it, there has once again been an unseemly rush to judgment.
So what’s Dreyfuss’ brilliant cure for the folly of “rushing to judgement”? Rush to judgement proclaiming that the bomb attempt must’ve been perpetrated by a crazed Tea Partier. That’s some crack investigative journalism for ya!