It didn't take long for the other shoe to drop. After the Chelsea bombing "incident", NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was an intentional act -- DUH! -- and Governor Andrew Cuomo said any bombing is an act of terrorism. Neither of them said what we were all thinking, that it must be the work of TEWCBN -- The Enemy Which Cannot Be Named -- or at least its Islamic extremist supporters. All they told us was that there was no "evidence of any international connection."
Then this morning, just past midnight EDT, a bomb squad robot detonated an IED which had been left in a backpack at the train station in Elizabeth NJ. FBI agents and police swooped on a nearby apartment where they found more IEDs and all the fixins. It didn't take them very long to come up with the name of a suspect. To no-one's surprise, he turns out to be one of the usual suspects -- 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami.
Mr Rahami is a naturalized citizen of the Paranoid States of America, but hails from... wait for it... Afghanistan. He is also a follower of the Prophet -- a Muslim -- and (according to Hizzoner Bill de Blasio) armed and dangerous. "We need to get this guy in right away," Mr de Blasio said on CNN. "My experience is once the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them."
It wasn't immediately clear if there was a connection between the suspect and the Chelsea bombing, or the pipe bomb explosion at Seaside Park NJ on Saturday. It's quite possible, of course, that the IEDs which exploded at Seaside Park and Chelsea were made and planted by a non-Muslim who had no political or religious motive whatever. Yeah. Right.
Hellery warns against jumping to conclusions, then does so
Speaking to reporters on her campaign plane Saturday night, Mrs Bill Clinton cautioned against "rushing to conclusions" about the attacks and criticized Donald Trump for calling the Chelsea explosion a bomb that served as a reminder for that the USA needs to "get very tough." On Sunday, however, Hellery issued a statement saying she strongly condemns what she characterized as "apparent terrorist attacks" in Minnesota, New Jersey and New York. That's a pretty quick turnaround, even for a Clinton.
Further reading: "The Response to This Weekend’s Terror Attacks Showed Willful Blindness in Real Time", by Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review. "The ideology behind the attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota must be confronted forthrightly. In the all too familiar pattern, things are going boom, Americans are under attack, and the American political class is already busy playing the 'See No Jihad' minuet."