While homegrown violence was capturing the headlines this week, two of America’s top leaders were occupied with Islamic terror overseas. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Yemen, which has been used by al Qaeda as a safe haven, most recently last fall, when jihadists attempted to blow up American cargo planes with bombs hidden in computer printers.
Also this week, Vice President Joe Biden visited Afghan and Pakistani leaders to press for their continued support against terrorism. And maybe they’ll actually help find Osama Bin Laden.
Peter Bergen is one of the only Western journalists to have interviewed Bin Laden, and he has spent a lot of time reporting from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. He has authored a new book, “The Longest War: Inside the Enduring Conflict Between America and al-Qaeda,” which looks at the missteps and miscalculations on both sides of the so-called “War on Terror.” Peter Bergen sat down with Need to Know’s Alison Stewart in the studio.