How a cottage terrorism industry made a lion out of an al-Qaeda mouse

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by John Mueller and Mark G Stewart

“In 2008, Glenn Carle, formerly the CIA’s deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, warned in the Washington Post about taking fright at jihadists. They were, he contended, ‘small, lethal, disjointed and miserable opponents,’ and the lead group, al-Qaeda, had ‘only a handful of individuals capable of planning, organizing and leading a terrorist organization, and although they have threatened attacks, its capabilities are far inferior to its desires.’ … In her new book, The Bin Laden Papers, Nelly Lahoud, a senior fellow at New America, has gone through the huge collection of information purloined by Navy Seals in their 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout, information that was declassified in 2017. The book essentially concludes that Carle had it right.” (05/12/22)