I’m unsure of what the OP is getting at. If we whacked the old number 2 guy then does that mean the the number 2 slot is gone forever? Makes no sense. Just like any chain of command, when the commander gets whacked whoever is next in line takes his slot…all the way down to some lowly private.
Being the number 2 guy in AQ is kind of a dangerous position these days. I’m unsure why you think there is come contradiction here. We are TRYING to kill or capture ANY of the AQ ranking personnel after all. Sometimes we get lucky, which means that AQ in turn needs to replace people who are eliminated from the board. Haven’t you ever seen a movie where the captain gets killed and some LT comes in to take his place?
I’d say we’ve actually killed or captured several members of their command structure (whatever their supposed number is), and that when we do those folks need to be replaced. Seems pretty logical to me. Again, why does there have to be several number 2 men at any given time (or why would this be a problem if there were…think of a corporation with VP’s who run divisions)?
Are you saying we never get lucky and whack any of AQ command structure? Or perhaps you are thinking they really don’t have any kind of organized command and control structure? Or…something?