What do the Battle of the Bulge and the Tet Offensive have in common? They were last-ditch efforts to turn the tide of a war. The Bulge failed, and the Tet Offensive was a military disaster that was salvaged by media misreporting.
AJ-Strata now thinks we can add this summer to that list. It makes a lot of sense. In essence, al-Qaeda knows they cannot win a straight-up battle with American troops. They can, however, launch attacks that will generate headlines - and be focused on. Editors will run those headlines and the lurid photos. Al-Qaeda is hoping that like Mogadishu and Tet, the American public and the political leadership will lose their nerve.
After all, ABC did report that Petraeus is optimistic he can win - if he has the time. Al-Qaeda's trying to make sure he doesn't get it. And there are plenty in the media who might help them do it.