I’ve long complained that we fail to capitalize on al Qaeda’s blood thirst in our information operations. Al Qaeda (as well as the Taliban and other insurgent groups) slaughters Muslims — yet we let the media flip the blame to us.

Last weekend, a Pentagon insider passed me a no-nonsense study recently released by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. “Deadly Vanguards: A Study of al Qaeda’s Violence Against Muslims” is exactly the kind of work our analysts should produce — but rarely do…

Our porcine intelligence system doesn’t bother to ask the basic question of why al Qaeda kills Muslims so avidly. (Even conservative Muslim scholars are questioning al Qaeda’s practices.)

The answer’s as clear as a sunny day in the desert: Al Qaeda fully reflects its Saudi parentage. Neither the Saudis nor al Qaeda cares a whit about individual Muslims. They only care about Islam.