As the Rhetorican writes, it’s a case of “Taking Credit for Failure”
The STRATFOR’s Scott Stewart expands nicely on what I was tweeting about: “Claiming credit for failed attacks orchestrated by others and trying to latch on to the fight against Israel are just the latest signs that al Qaeda is trying almost too hard to remain relevant.” Give it a read.
Of course, Al Qaeda’s relevance and the terrorist threat to our country are two different things. The latter is not a function of the former. You don’t have to be a “member” of Al Qaeda to be a Jihadi terrorist, either.
And it’s worth linking to this again, for further residual good news from what was once called the War on Terror.
Related: Michael Totten on “Why They Hate Us: Middle Eastern Politics and the Principle of the Strong Horse.”