American officials are concerned that Faisal Shahzad was trained by the Pakistan Taliban. That could mean that the terrorist group is attempting to expand its reach.
Like the Christmas Day 'underwear bomber,' the Times Square bomber apparently bungled the job. The 9/11 attacks might have led to a false sense of terrorists' competence.
Several lawmakers and terror experts at Senate hearings on the Fort Hood shooting Thursday called the incident a terrorist attack, and warned of the danger of homegrown jihad.
The White House debate over a troop-heavy counterinsurgency versus more targeted strikes against Al Qaeda is a false choice, some experts say. One is needed to complement the other.