Double Agent Far Scarier Than Underwear Bomber

Detroit incident gets the headlines, but Afghan attack is worse for US
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2010 11:11 AM CST
Double Agent Far Scarier Than Underwear Bomber
Jordanian guards carry the coffin of a Jordanian intelligence officer killed in the Afghan suicide attack.   (AP Photo/Jordan Royal Palace, Yousef Allan)

Public reaction to the two recent terrorist attacks has Joe Klein puzzled. The underwear bomber failed but is getting all the attention. The successful suicide attack against CIA agents in Afghanistan has far more profound implications, but it's slipping off the radar. "Make no mistake: it has to be a matter of much greater concern to the White House than the Detroit fiasco," he writes for Time.

Because suicide attacker Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi was a double agent, his strike against the CIA could "cripple future operations," says Klein. How many other "informants" are really reporting to al-Qaeda? The attack, plus a troubling new US report blasting military intelligence in Afghanistan, raises a troubling question: "After eight years in Afghanistan, is it possible that we're still fighting blind?" (Read more Detroit terror incident stories.)

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