"I think that the plot, in terms of its intent, was looking at devastation on a scale that would have rivaled 9/11," Chertoff told ABC's Pierre Thomas. "If they had succeeded in bringing liquid explosives on seven or eight aircraft, there could have been thousands of lives lost and an enormous economic impact with devastating consequences for international air travel."
I don't know if this will convince some people that the war on terror is real - and not just a bumper-sticker slogan.
We lucked out on this one. But what other plots are out there that we don't know about, particularly with our intelligence community becoming gun-shy due to the threat of lawsuits - or worse?
That's the problem with being on defense. We have to be lucky every time. The other side just has to get one lucky break.