I don't know who said this first, but the Al Qaeda leaders who are going to be tried in New York City are NOT comic-book Super Villains. They are not "Dr. Octopus", the are not "Lex Luthor", they are not even "The Penguin" (although that would be rather awesome).
No, they are rather cretinous and craven assholes. I beseech you, READ THIS BOOK.
They are rather pathetic figures - though vile - who got extraordinarily lucky -- unbelievably lucky.
We've held them -- hell tortured them sadly -- for eight years in GITMO and managed not to be attacked.
I believe Letterman summed this up best (along with the proclivity of certain words) in this moment (apologize for the commercial thing):