The Obama Administration changed their tone over the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack by indicating that “new information that we developed overnight does suggest that there was some linkage” between Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and al Qaeda. While it is good to have hard evidence to start making the connection between the two, there are two bits of information that should have made this process more obvious.
When Abdulmutallab was detained, he admitted he had connections with al Qaeda. Three days later, al Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the failed attack. Why did it take the Administration two additional days to make an announcement that they are closer to linking the two entities together after both parties admitted the connection? And why are they just closer to making the connection rather than just state it outright?
UPDATE: The Obama administration has come out today (January 2nd) to announce that they have linked Abdulmutallab to al Qaeda, stating that they “equipped him with … explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America.” This is two days after their statement saying they were close to connecting the two together in this act of terrorism. Obama continued by saying, “our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred, and … we will do whatever it takes to defeat them and defend our country.”
CNN – “Obama team more closely linking al Qaeda to terror attempt”
Examiner – “Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit”
Shnock – “Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab”
CBC News – “Admitted al-Qaeda agent tries to blow up plane”