Ed Driscoll

Trunk Slammers

Paxety Pages notes an interesting–if possibly 100 percent coincidental–connection between the sniper in CNN’s infamous video last week videotaped from his POV as he shot an American soldier, and John Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, the DC snipers of four years ago:

The general said during the CNN show that he had been called on to look at the video to see what could be learned about the terrorist tactics. He, like the original reporter, commented on the video, and the sniper round, being fired from a vehicle. The general said that the shooting was from a hole in the trunk of a vehicle.

We’ve heard of that tactic before – right here in the United States.

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Large numbers of people in this country seem to be invested in the idea that the United States has not been attacked by Muslim terrorists since September 11, 2001. Conservative Republicans want to believe that the Bush administration is protecting us – liberal Democrats don’t want to believe we are in danger at all. The DC Snipers show that we have been attacked, and that we can be in grave danger.

Now, American soldiers are being shot in the same manner as American civilians were being shot down four years ago. Is shooting from a hole in the trunk of a vehicle a common terrorist tactic? Or have Middle Eastern terrorists learned from American ones?

If they have, that’s an uncomfortably literal definition of Tom Wolfe’s “Media Ricochet” meme.