"We've got more publicity from this one failed bombing in New York than from more than 100 bombings in Afghanistan," a high-ranking militant in the Afghan Taliban told Newsweek
Notice that this guy allegedly making such a statement is never sourced, which leads me to believe that this was simply a fabrication, engineered to strike more fear and terror in the hearts of the Americans who read it.
First of all, the "Bandini Bomber" was a total failure, and failures do not inspire membership surges.
We've been in Afghanistan for 9 years now, and one primary objective (for private profit) has still not yet been accomplished.
That outcome was the "pacification" of the Afghan people to such a degree to allow pipelines to be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.
The Afghan people know that their country is cursed by geography, in terms of being an ideal place to install such pipelines.
The Afghan people do not hate us "because we are free";they hate Americans because we are killing their wives, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends in the pursuit of this outcome, and want their country back, out from under the yoke of US/NATO occupation.
If American and NATO leadership were really smart, they would declare victory, go home, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing for the pipeline rights.
Russia and China are deal-making at an unprecedented pace, to insure the energy sufficiency they need, without firing a shot.