Mr. Gerecht, a former CIA case officer, is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The U.S. terror suspect known as “JihadJane” represents a troubling breed of convert holy warrior. Reuel Marc Gerecht on why Western recruits are more likely to go on suicide missions.

If the CIA chief had a good asset inside al Qaeda, he wouldn’t be discussing the group’s plans publicly. And predicting attacks only risks lowering the intel chief’s credibility if one doesn’t happen soon.