SCARY

Taliban Threatens Attack on U.S.

Here’s a frightening announcement: The leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud, says he’s plotting an attack on Washington that will “amaze everyone in the world.” Mehsud, for whom the U.S. has offered a $5 million reward, also says he’s responsible for the attacks on a Lahore police academy that killed seven officers, which he characterized as retaliation for U.S. drone assaults in northern Pakistan. “We wholeheartedly take responsibility for this attack and will carry out more such attacks in future,” he said in a phone call to Western news organizations from an undisclosed location. Even scarier, the Pakistani Taliban is mending fences with the Afghan Taliban, apparently in response to Obama’s AfPak strategy, which calls for more U.S. troops in Afghanistan and treating both countries as a single military stage.