An editorial at USA Today, "Keep al-Qaeda's threats in perspective: Our view."
I'm skeptical al Qaeda is "overwhelmingly unpopular" across the Islamic world, as the piece argues. Polls routinely show high support for terrorism against the West, so it's hardly credible to say these same populations don't back al Qaeda in significant numbers. (See the Religion of Peace for a roundup of opinion, "A 'Tiny Minority of Extremists'?")
Otherwise, an interesting editorial.
And see, "U.S. evacuates embassy in Yemen; drones hit al-Qaeda."