In particular, Anwar Al-Awlaki—the Yemeni-American cleric the Obama administration designated in April as a legitimate target for assassination—provides AQAP members with theological, ideological and operational guidance.
This seems a pretty gross exaggeration, if not outright distortion, of what al-Awlaki does. But this is, of course, the conventional wisdom. I usually rebel against that, but maybe I am off my game. So here's a question to readers or to bloggers: am I way behind the curve on al-Awlaki? I kind of worry I underestimate his threat maybe as much as others over-estimate it. Thoughts?