Breaking: Shoe Bomber Caught on DC to Denver Flight

You can be “lighting your shoes on fire” on board a DC to Denver flight. You can be holding a diplomatic passport from Qatar. Your name can be Mohammed al Modadi. Air marshals can tackle you to the floor. Two jet fighters from Buckley Air Force Base can be scrambled to accompany the flight you are on after you are caught “lighting your shoes on fire.”

All that is possible.

What is not possible is that you are a “militant Islamic extremist.”

Ask the president. He knows.

Update: The FBI says no explosives were found in the diplomat’s shoes after he “allegedly” told air marshalls, “I’m lighting my shoes on fire.” U.S. security officials say the statement may have been “sarcastic.”

Cross-posted at Bread upon the Waters.