A UCLA terrorism expert has said he believes al-Qaeda plans to kill millions of Americans in a much different kind of attack in the future. Professor Michael Intriligator has written that they’ll have to escalate to more major weapons, as in weapons of mass destruction. He adds that he believes that videos released by Osama bin Laden are clear warnings that such an attack is imminent. His conclusions must be considered an educated guess liberally spiced with speculation.
Most troubling is his description of the sorts of WMDs he proposes could be used, and the ease he contends they could be obtained and deployed and his conviction that such an attack will be staged sooner than later.
Just 39% of American voters think the nation is safer today than it was before the 9/11 attacks. A larger percentage (44%) disagree. Again, there are big partisan differences on this question.
Voters are split on the situation in Iraq in terms of the near future. While 34% think the situation in Iraq will improve in the next six months, 32% believe it will get worse. Another 25% think things will stay about the same. In the long-term, half of voters (50%) think the War in Iraq will be deemed a failure. Just 32% believe it will be go down in history as a success. Those numbers have changed little over the past month, and once again are split along party lines.
A plurality of Americans say the U. S. is winning the War Against Terror while 26% say the terrorists are winning or neither are while 6% are undecided. 68% of Republicans think the U. S. is winning 26% of Democrats agree.