On the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, we were informed that Al Qaeda is dead. Or it is not and has a ‘global network’ of ‘relationships,’ ‘ties’ and ‘loose arrangements’ with ‘affiliates’ in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and the Maghreb. These outfits of undetermined strength take direct orders from Al Qaeda or mere ‘inspiration’ from it. Or they may have nothing to do with it at all, being ‘self-taught’ from ‘radical Islamist/jihadist websites.’ In other words, these ‘analysts’ don’t know what the hell they are talking about.
Foreign Policy Cheerleading Masquerades as Analysis | Haroon Siddiqui