What can we read into the Osama Bin Laden tape that surfaced last week?
Rich Miniter, author of: “Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror” says:
Osama bin Laden's taped message is the strangest evidence to emerge that the U.S. is winning the "information war" with al Qaeda and is new proof that al Qaeda's famed media unit is in tatters.
Bin Laden's offer of a "truce" to help rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan is actually an attempt to rebuild support among Muslim populations in those two countries, who have borne the brunt of terrorist attacks since 9/11.
One hint that the al Qaeda network could be fraying is the reliance on a network of human couriers to smuggle out the recent tapes.
The new tape took nearly five weeks to move from bin Laden to al Jazeera. In the past, when al Qaeda could move more freely, a tape could be sent to al Jazeera in a fraction of that time.
The Bin Laden network may not be in tatters, but it operates as if it is severely crippled.