Forget Deadliest Catch, Ax Men and Ice Road Truckers -- whichever cable channel wants to reign supreme by creating the ultimate show about dangerous professions should toss a camera crew and a coked-out producer into some Afghani caves to film the exploits and inevitable death of al-Qaida's second in command. Over the past few years, that job has planted itself firmly atop the list of professions that most resemble being the drummer in Spinal Tap.
America has been steadily dropping deuces like someone put laxative in our chili, as we've captured or killed (mostly killed) seven of al-Qaida's second-highest-ranking commanders since 2006. That's an average of 1.16 per year. That's a whole No. 2, plus, like, another one's leg. Every year. It's no wonder we often hear talk of al-Qaida operating in a far weaker state than the beast we all came to know and despise after 9/11. Imagine if the No. 2 in charge at your company just up and died every year. Even if the No. 2 at your job is the biggest dipshit in all the land, that much turnover at the management level is going to doom any company.
And we did it again this past weekend with a drone strike that took out the latest al-Qaida No. 2, Said al-Shehri. Or maybe it's spelled Saeed al-Shihri? News organizations can't even agree on a spelling; there are just too many names of dead guys pouring in, there's no time to double check.