Originally Posted by patteeu
It's good psychological warfare to point to drone strikes or interrogation techniques as a motivator rather than hatred of all infidels for their way of life. The former is a message that divides and weakens Americans and potentially gets useful policies reversed while the latter would unify us. Do you think al Qaeda are too dumb to figure this out?
If it were coming purely from al Qaeda's PR, you might have a point. But our policies are frequently cited across virtually all jihadists as the source of not just terrorist attacks, but of the Middle East's contempt towards America in general.