While a loud debate continues here about Al Qaeda and terrorism, our terror enemies continue to plot against us.

Today the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq is sending out a call for explosives experts and nuclear scientists to join his jihad against the West, which includes the Euros but is mostly directed at the U.S.

That's the bad news: Al Qaeda in Iraq wants to ramp up.

The good news is that he admits more than 4,000 foreign insurgent fighters have been killed in Iraq since the U.S. invasion.

Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

When you read what Abu al-Masri actually says, you don't know whether to laugh or cry.

"We are in dire need of you. The field of jihad can satisfy your scientific ambitions and the large American bases in Iraq are good places to test your unconventional weapons, whether biological or dirty, as they call them."

Hey you Muslim science geeks. We need some really big bombs because the Americans have killed so many of us. Come help before they kill the rest of us.

Bob Woodward is on "60 Minutes" this weekend saying Bush is keeping from the American public the level of violence against U.S. troops. He says there is an attack on Americans in Iraq every 15 minutes. That's bad.

But al-Masri says there are much fewer insurgents to actually carry out these attacks, and he needs a new infusion of jihadi scientists to produce, as the Stones might have called it, a bigger bang.

And if the American people have been kept in the dark about the level of attacks on Americans in Iraq, certainly the American troops there know it. Can't be a secret from them, can it? And don't forget they have been re-enlisting at record rates.

Something doesn't add up here. The Al Qaeda in Iraq guy says things are bad and he needs reinforcements. But Bob Woodward says the Americans are getting shellacked. What am I missing?

I know this war is hard on our troops. They are performing a great national service and sacrificing much.

At the same time, this war against Al Qaeda is important. And when your enemy says he's on the ropes, has lost thousands of fighters and needs fresh troops, is that really the time to go home and hand him a win?

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