Bummer on the anonymity of the source, but if this is true about the key differences between the Taliban (Afghnistan's, Pakistan's) and Al Qaeda, it's something to keep in mind. Also, who besides the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stands to gain if this failed attempt is plausibly pinned on the Pakistani Taliban?
Excerpt— "A Western diplomat in Islamabad who also spoke to CBS News on condition of anonymity said, 'The Taliban have no demonstrated ability to strike in distant places. Structurally, they are far from being a global organization like al Qaeda.'"
Warfare continues to become more professional and dehumanized every day.
The purpose of Extraordinary Edition is being revisited for winter, headed into 2013. U.S. foreign policy, Central Asia and the Middle East remain key focal points. Economics and culture on your front doorstep are coming into focus here.