The operation which struck against the CIA is now a major embarrassment for the Jordanian and American intelligence services. Especially since the war in Afghanistan is now going so badly. This is a very, very, big deal, especially with the Obama administration carefully cultivating an image of an al Qaeda on the run. The reality appears to be something completely the opposite. The al Qaeda franchise has spawned some quite ridiculous offshoots which perhaps helped to cultivate this air that somehow the group was being gradually destroyed, but every now and then some completely unexpected and novel attack is carried out apparently out of the blue. This is the hallmark of al Qaeda attacks more than anything else, a signature of sorts. Amidst all the confusion of the so-called "war on terror", this group still seems able to strike America where it hurts. This is all very surreal to watch, like a James Bond film. A shadowy organisation holds the world to ransom with what are almost unthinkable plots whilst the leaders of the world's great nations appear powerless to stop it. Is this all the result of one man's mind, or many?