Why did the media and the Obama administration decide that this man was Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov, as opposed to the radical Muslim he so clearly was? Because the media buys into President Obama's worldview -- a worldview which suggests that all crime springs from social circumstance. In order for President Obama to foist his socialist vision on the world, he must suggest that redistributionism solves social ills like crime and terrorism. And indeed, that is exactly what Obama suggests in the introduction to his Bill Ayers-ghostwritten autobiography, "Dreams From My Father." In that work, he decries the "underlying struggle" of humanity -- the struggle "between worlds of plenty and worlds of want." He states badly that kids on the South Side of Chicago are just the same as potential terrorists in Jakarta or Nairobi -- they all suffer from "the desperation and disorder of the powerless," which "twists the lives of children" and leads them to "slip into violence and despair."
In Obama's mind, Islamic terrorism isn't fundamentally Islamic -- it's fundamentally Marxist. It's all about class struggle. On June 4, 2009, Obama told the Muslim world that he felt it was his "responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." His solution to Muslim violence wasn't to set harsh penalties for Muslim violence or force Muslims around the world to denounce such violence -- it was to throw Israel under the bus, unilaterally disarm ourselves of nuclear weapons, and allow Muslim dictatorships to flourish in the name of self-determination. On a more practical level, Obama's solution was to redistribute wealth from America to the Muslim world through a bevy of programs.
This also explains why President Obama constantly feels the urge to apologize to other nations -- all ills spring from America's superpower status. That's why Obama apologizes to the Europeans and then forces American taxpayers to foot a $50 billion bill to bail out the European Union. That's why Obama apologizes to the Muslim world, and then allows Iran to go nuclear and has his lackeys threaten to shoot down Israeli jets if the Israelis take matters into their own hands. America and her allies are the oppressive exploiters, and they must be whittled down to size.
Shahzad, in Obama's view, was an emissary of the underclass, not an emissary of the Pakistani Taliban. Naturally, Obama was proved wrong. But the facts never change Obama's mind. His ideology is set rigidly into place: inequality breeds violence and instability. And only drastic measures can level the playing field.