It is not surprising, however, to hear the term being used to describe how Muslim terrorists plan to unleash their bloody, destructive rage against innocent men, women and children. Recall last summer when President Obama told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that a lone-wolf attack was "the most likely scenario that we have to guard against right now. When you've got one person who is deranged or driven by a hateful ideology, they can do a lot of damage, and it's a lot harder to trace those lone-wolf operators." Similarly, Janet Napolitano, Obama's secretary of Homeland Security, said lone wolves "were harder to detect in part because by their very definition, they're not conspiring with others, they may not be communicating with others, there's very little to indicate that something is under way."
But by Napolitano's own words, Khalifi doesn't fit the "lone wolf" profile because he believed "Hussein" and "Yusuf" were his al Qaeda co-conspirators. It doesn't matter that they were in fact FBI operatives working undercover to ferret out Khalifi-style plots. And there is nothing in the FBI's criminal complaint filed in federal court last week against Khalifi to suggest he had to be pushed or otherwise encouraged to participate in the plot. Which leaves us with this issue: How many more Khalifis are out there, having resided undisturbed here in the U.S. illegally for years just waiting to connect with co-conspirators, ready to don suicide vests and cause carnage in a crowd? Next time, the FBI might not catch them in time to prevent the carnage.