Bruce Riedel says that the nation and the president dodged a bullet when the terrorist attack on Northwest Flight 253 failed Christmas Day. The incident has highlighted flaws in our national security structure and demonstrated the increasingly global nature of al Qaeda as a terrorist organization. Despite the new focus on Yemen as a breeding ground for terror, Riedel says Osama bin Laden should remain the target of anti-terrorism efforts.
This is what opaque, unaccountable, monarchic rule looks like. The way this was done is not a way that gives any transparency. If you’re another senior prince or another senior businessman, you don’t know what you can do to avoid a similar fate.