Ask how Al-Qaida — the organization — is doing, and you'll get a range of answers. It's stronger, it's weaker, it's down, but not out. Today, we're asking Peter Bergen about his opinion — the renowned terrorism expert says Al-Qaida is certainly different post-nine-eleven and post-Iraq, and it's experiencing pockets of dissent within its ranks. In a recent article in the New Republic he explores some of these pockets — he talks with a few former jihadists about their beef with Bin Laden. And we'll talk with him, and a former jihadist*, today, too.
*Needless to say, this description is a wide and varied one. For instance, I doubt that former Al-Qaida members put it on their resume. This particular guest was referred to us by Mr. Bergen.