Al Qaeda’s deputy leader, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was killed in a drone strike in northern Pakistan, an American official confirmed on Tuesday, in the biggest single success in the controversial campaign’s eight-year history in the country.
And a hearty good luck to all those murderous thugs who hope that one man's misfortune to be standing right where a Hellfire missile struck is their promotion opportunity!
As an aside, as we remain frustrated with Pakistan's double-dealing in the war on terror, let's not forget that if we got Iran's behavior up to Pakistan's level of cooperation we'd rightly consider that a great foreign policy success. We need Pakistan for these attacks. Let's be careful how we pressure Pakistan to become a better ally--however frustrating that is.
Don't forget that Pakistan could be a lot worse, and create a lot more bad jihadis.