WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda and its associates may not be known as benevolent organizations, but they do give gifts.
The failed “Underwear Bomber”. The failed “Times Square Bomber”. The failed “Shoe Bomber”. And now the failed attempt to deliver explosives on planes. All gifts.
The U.S. should be grateful for these opportunities in which no one gets hurt, but we learn about the shortcomings in our system. (Unfortunately, we now learn this latest bid was one of the more competent efforts that failed).
Too bad there’s not a better way to figure it out the flaws. And we can’t forever count on the al Qaeda B Team carrying out these incompetent missions.
So, let’s learn from the incidence, but let’s get more aggressive about examining our transportation systems. Obviously, there are plenty holes to plug.
Let’s not wait for al Qaeda to get lucky