Six weeks ago Al Qaeda tried to pull off a sophisticated abduction of US troops shortly before Gen. Petraeus’ testimony on Iraq before Congress. Their plan was to capture and then slaughter the Americans, thereby drowning out Petraeus’ testimony in the blood of our troops. If they had pulled it off, the gambit would probably have given them a Tet-like victory, meaningless on the battlefield but overwhelming in the post-modern battle space of the mind.

Jeff Emanuel has the story of what happened that day. I won’t excerpt it; it’s too good to pull this or that paragraph. Just go read the whole thing, and wonder why we never hear any stories like this from the mainstream press or out of Hollywood.