Patterico makes the first point that needs to be made:
According to the story, Mohamud was corresponding with an overseas terrorist and looking for ways to become involved in “violent jihad.” This is when the FBI entered the picture, with an undercover sgent who pretended to be an associate of the terrorist willing to help Mohamud assemble a bomb to kill men, women and children at a Christmas tree lighting event.
According to the FBI, Mohamud had a thumb drive with detailed instructions for making the bomb. He mailed bomb components to the investigators so they could assemble the bomb. He set off a practice device. And he mailed passport photos to the investigators as part of a getaway plot. And so on and so on. He was quite serious about this.
Maybe it’s just me but I like the idea of the FBI (under this administration or ANY administration) nailing these guys before they can get very far.
McCain makes the 2nd point:
Michelle Malkin does make an important point when she says, “Violent jihad. Two words the current occupant of the White House won’t say together and about which he remains in stubborn denial.”
But then again, Malkin also often excoriated the previous occupant of the White House — that would be the Republican, President Bush — when he rhetorically obscured the specific nature of the jihadist danger.
It would be wiser if the administration would admit violent Jihad is the cause of this nonsense, but since we are getting the right results that might actually suggest that although out-loud they might be more likely to blame fans of Petticoat Junction than Violent Jihad privately they are apparently still managing to get the bad guys.
What really bothers me is this from Nice Deb:
check out the comments at FireDogLake. Ay-yi-yi. I was expecting at least some to say, “WTF, dude! This guy was no victim!” But no…. they all agree. It doesn’t occur to any of these commenters that capturing someone with the hateful and murderous worldview of Islamofascism before he kills, is a good thing. Why?
How can these people defend someone who has dedicated his life to killing as many innocent Americans as possible?
Honestly I think that the far left at once time encouraged this as a weapon against the Bushes, however the result is they managed to create an actual core of true believers who believe we deserve to be slaughtered.
My biggest worry had been that this administration shared that worldview, although diplomatically it has been juvenile, the results in terms of preventing attack and prosecuting the war has been admirable and in the end those results are all that count.