Bin Laden, Still Haunting Bush
Al Qaeda had a plan—and it is working. Osama bin Laden's survival may be the Bush administration's biggest political failing.
Jun 1, 2007
Only a small minority of Muslims are attracted to radical jihadism. But a lot of Muslims like the idea of standing up to Bush and the Western influence he symbolizes. They're up against the most ferocious military machine in the history of mankind, and they're winning. They believe their fighting has reversed the last several centuries of Middle East history and that they're on the verge of victory. Riedel calls the phenomenon "extremist triumphalism." The phrase could just as easily apply to Bush. It's the kind of thinking that distorts reality, and makes for a long, hot summer.