History has many inflection points. Seldom are they as clearcut as the Desert Storm campaign against Saddam Hussein after his forces overran Kuwait. George H. W. Bush and Stormin' Norman Swarzkopf were heralded as national heroes after routing the Iraqi forces. But later events would tarnish the triumph. Osama bin Ladin was infuriated by the presence of US troops in his homeland and instigated the 9/11 attacks as his payback. Al qaeda established itself as the brand name of terrorism. We are still battling them, and it is not clear we are winning. Iraq itself became a festering sore that later would lead to Bush Jr's disastrous invasion. What if we had handled matters differently? What if Bush Sr. had recognized that the real danger was not Saddam but islamist extremism and that the source of it was Saudi Arabia? Most of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis and the vast bulk of the money that flows to al qaeda and the taliban originates in Saudi Arabia. Our friends the Saudis have been robbing us for decades through the OPEC cartel. What if Bush had seen saddam's audacious invasion as the opportunity to remake the region? Instead of attacking saddam's forces, he could have secretly plotted with them to divvy up Saudi Arabia. Saddam would have made quick work of the wahhabi extremists who control islam in SA, just as he kept islamist radicals under his thumb in Iraq. A vastly strengthened Saddam would have intimidated Iran and perhaaps convinced them to restrain their own terrorism or face the consequences. Can we really say we made the best choice?