Why bin Laden failed

Writing recently in the Washington Post, Brian Michael Jenkins, a senior adviser at the Rand Corporation think tank, claimed that the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago were not a strategic success for al-Qaeda. He's right. Osama bin Laden's strategy did fail, in the end—but not for the reason that Jenkins thinks.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 09/07/2011 12:00 am EDT

Writing recently in the Washington Post, Brian Michael Jenkins, a senior adviser at the Rand Corporation think tank, claimed that the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago were not a strategic success for al-Qaeda. He's right. Osama bin Laden's strategy did fail, in the end—but not for the reason that Jenkins thinks.

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