Al qaeda without laden - 73220

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Bruce Hoffman: In the near term, not

very much. His death was bad for the

organization but Al Qaeda was also

already under tremendous stress

from the [U.S.] drone program [in


It is assumed that al-Zawahiri -- bin

Laden's second-in-command and, I

think, Al Qaeda's strategic leader --

will step in and take his place. The Al

Qaeda leadership isn't scrambling -

these types of issues were decided

long ago. He [bin Laden] was talking

about how he wanted to die a martyr

more than 20 years ago, he certainly

knew who would step in to replace

him. Al Qaeda has a very corporate

structure - he [bin Laden] always ran

Al Qaeda like a business and he had

experience with that, running his

family's construction firm. Any

corporation has a succession plan,