Is bin Laden irrelevant?

Posted Jan. 25, 2010, at 2:42 p.m.

After Osama bin Laden took credit for the failed Christmas Day airplane bombing, a U.S. State Department dismissed the claim as an attempt to remain relevant. Is the leader of al Qaida still public enemy No. 1 for the U.S.? Does he still hold the power to persuade millions of Muslims that the U.S. is their enemy? Or have the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan diminished his role? If Mr. bin Laden is indeed grasping for attention, what does that say about the state of the U.S. “War on Terror”? Has President Barack Obama succeeded in countering many of Mr. bin Laden’s claims about the U.S.? Should he make

more overtures to reach Muslim hearts and minds?