As you have heard, U.K. authorities discovered and interrupted a terrorist plot to smuggle, assemble and explode a bomb simultaneously on several international flights from London to the U.S. This investigation has resulted in the arrest of 21 people in the U.K.
It has not yet been definitively determined that this is the work of al Qaeda. However, in 1995 al Qaeda plotted to explode 11 U.S. flights over the Pacific. The similarities clearly point in the direction of al Qaeda.
Suppose this story broke a week or two ago. Would it have affected Senator LiebermanÂs primacy loss? I believe so. It would have sent a loud reminder to all that the war of terrorism is not over and is an on-going battle that we must win.