Remember the final scene of “Godfather III”? When Michael Corleone takes out all his enemies all around the world, in one fell swoop, from the steps of the Sicilian opera house to a New York barbershop?
Okay, maybe that’s taking it too far, but we are taking out Al Qaeda senior leaders, one after another. First it was Bin Laden, now it’s Al Awlaki, and countless Al Qaeda middle level managers in between.
We’ve got the momentum, and every Al Qaeda operative has to be looking over his shoulder wondering if he’s next. If they’re busy scurrying for cover, their ability to recruit, train and launch new attacks is greatly reduced. Many will go silent, and off the grid, worrying that they will be tracked by cell phone calls or e-mail traffic. And a terrorist network in disarray is terrorist network that is vulnerable — these guys will scatter like cockroaches.