Difficult question to ask. 1. Launches largest terrorist attack in history on US. 2. President responds by invading Iraq and Afghanistan, creating ill will unlike America has ever seen. Hamas swept into power in palestine because of animosity to West. 3. Creates Homeland Security, and accelerates spending. Creates the Patriot Act, which rolls back individual liberties. 4000 US troops killed on top of 3000 civilians. 4. Two airlines go bankrupt, air travel much more difficult for consumer. 5. Katrina. Country takes PR black eye. Bush blamed for stretching military too thin. 6. Country lurches to left because of unpopular war, Bin Laden still at large. Taliban regains power in Afghanistan. 7. Country slips into economic crises on already depleted resources, like getting double pneumonia after a bout with stomach flu. If the twin towers hadn't fallen that day, it stands to reason that the country might still be right of center, our borders might be more secure, and US may have more resources to deal with financial meltdown. Where did we go wrong? What could we have done differently? Please don't take the easy, Bush didn't have to invade Iraq. The reality is that the threat sounded credible enough for Congress and the UN to go along with it, there were other troops there with us. W admitted that he got bad intel. Did he over-react, probably. But he won, the people put him in twice. The second time he kicked Kerry's arse. So, where did we really go wrong, were we doomed to be in this mess? Is Bin Laden actually the one to say, Mission Accomplished? Thoughts?