Special Abu Muqawama Q&A with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This week in Washington, a conference at the National Defense University has gathered some of the world’s leading experts on terrorism. A few nights ago, I joined some of them for a few beers and to be amazed by their collective brilliance. One conspicuous absence from the gathering was my friend Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, who was out hitting the pavement, selling his new book, Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror. I read the book while it was still a .doc and really enjoyed it, so I appreciate the time he took to answer a few questions for the blog.

I really wish your new book were not as persuasive at it is. It makes for depressing reading, in large part because its such effective argumentation. Walk us through your thesis and summarize your argument.

Thanks for the kind words, Ex; as a long-time reader of your blog, its an honor to join you for this discussion. My thesis is that the United States has done a poor job of understanding al-Qaeda during the pa