Matthew Yglesias gets it right:
The idea that we should be laying awake at night afraid that a group of at most several thousand people who control almost no territory or valuable military equipment might establish a universal caliphate or “collapse freedom loving nations like us” is ridiculous. Al-Qaeda’s goals are absurd, and obviously so, and one ought to say so confidently.
Why do we have so many gutless cowards, afraid of a few fucking assholes? Do they really not believe that America is a great and strong country. Maybe their just a bunch of pussies?