Jon Chait writes for the New Republic and in many cases actually has something useful to say. This is not one of those times. He exposes a bone-crushing ignorance on who our enemies are that all too sadly infects many of his fellow travelers.
They say victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. Somebody should tell that to al Qaeda:
A top Pakistani Taliban commander took credit for yesterday's failed car bomb attack in New York City.
Qari Hussain Mehsud, the top bomb maker for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said he takes "fully responsibility for the recent attack in the USA." Qari Hussain made the claim on an audiotape accompanied by images that was released on a YouTube website that calls itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel.
Rushing to take credit for a bungled attack is fairly pathetic. It's another piece of evidence of al Qaeda's severely degraded capability of launching attacks on American soil, where leaving a smoke-filled car in Manhattan is an operation worth boasting about.
Hey Jon, I guess you are unaware that there is a big difference between al Qaeda and the Taliban. Al Qaeda is a worldwide terror group responsible for hundreds of bombings and in case you don't remember a rather spectacular slaughter right here in the US of A. The Taliban is an Afghanistan/Pakistan collection of religious zealots who up until had limited themselves to throwing acid on schoolgirls and attempting to push their local populace even further back into the stone age. While they have fought against us in their locale, they have stayed the hell out of ours. For them to move the fight to our shores is incredibly significant. Why don't you stick to important topics like your epic essay on "The case for Bush hatred". Jackass!