Michael Totten

The Country's in the Best of Hands

Faisal Shahzad, the alledged would-be car-bomber in New York who supposedly traveled to Pakistan to acquire his skill set, remains an enigma both to the authorities and to some of my colleagues in the media.

A court hearing was canceled Tuesday in part because of Shahzad’s continuing cooperation with investigators, but authorities said they had shed little light on what might have motivated him.

Perhaps I’m projecting, and it’s entirely possible that I’m overestimating the intelligence of the average American, but I’m fairly certain that 99 percent of my fellow citizens aren’t having any difficulty whatsoever figuring out what most likely motivated this character. I am not going to insult you by spelling it out.