Naturally, it’s hardly a sufficient condition, as we have to recognize that the demand for al-Qaedism or toleration of the demand for al-Qaedism is impacted by U.S. strategy. Public diplomacy is not a substitute for policy. But it ought to be a component of national strategy, and Malcolm has some worthwhile ideas in this regard. I can’t wait to read his book.
Notice a lot of what Malcolm outlines to Rachel gels quite well with John Brennan’s depiction of al-Qaeda’s potency. Malcolm thinks his strategy stands a good chance of working on a 24-month timeframe. I’m personally inclined to be skeptical of promised lights at the end of dark tunnels, but his ideas deserve a hearing in any case.
Update: Defeat! Not destroy, defeat! I spaced. Thanks to Starbuck for pointing out the mistake.