Juan Cole article at _Salon_; my comment
Here's his article, "Bush's incompetence gives Al-Qaida new life."
Let's think about Al-Qaida's strategy at this point.
With a prostrate, soon-to-expire Bush Administration mired with zero popular support, and yearning for new wars in Iran and remote Pakistan, an attack on American civilians, which would almost surely bring about another Bush Administration Total Strategic Blunder *necessarily* must be too tempting to refuse.
If you think Al-Qaida is getting stronger now, think about another public/diplomatic relations disaster in one or two *new* Islamic countries.
Infinite resources could be spent on "Homeland Security," but the Iraq War has made morale and recruitment for Al-Qaida hotter than volunteering after Pearl Harbor, which gives new meaning to the oft-repeated talking point that "it's not if we're attacked, but when."