Despite recent losses in key leadership positions, Al Qaeda is still said to be consumed with the notion of using an airplane to attack the United States.
Looking at things from the Al Qaeda perspective, they achieved their greatest operational success on September 11th 2001, more than 3,000 people were killed and the United States sense of invulnerability was shattered forever.
This one action compelled the United States into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that appeared to turn Al Qaeda’s rhetoric about America being a crusader bent on conquering the Islamic world into prophecy. Why wouldn’t you want to repeat that success?
Al Qaeda has had some near misses with the underwear bomber and the printer bomb, showing us that they will continue to invent new ways to attack the United States.
We are not going to have every answer for everything that terrorists can possibly throw at us. We’ve been blessed with some incredible good fortune and the ineptitude of terrorists.
I think as Americans, we need to remember just how close Al Qaeda has come to attacking us before we dismiss their ambitions.