On September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by 19 men, most Saudi Nationals, trained and funded by OBL, also a Saudi. The attack killed approximately 3,000 people, representing nations from around the world. On the watch of George W. Bush. On Sept. 12, 2001 we had an opportunity to lead the civilized world in an effort to greatly eradicate terrorism, and bring to justice the criminals who engage in terror. By defining terrorism as a war, we set a course which lead to our invasion and occupation of two countries at a much greater cost in lives and treasure than we suffered at the hands of 19 criminals and those who lead them. Taking this course of action was not by whim; it was the stated goal of many of those in the Bush Administration as early as 1997. See: Statement of Principles Take note of the names of those who signed this document. Nearly ten years after the horror of 9-11, we remain engaged in a Kafkaish war on a noun (terror). The alleged and admitted leader of the attack remains free. Because of the arrogance of GWB and Cheney, our relationship with the rest of the nations of the world became strained and our greatest foe of this new century - China - holds our economy in their hands. Under Bush&Co the regulation of Banking and Wall St. was for the most part absent, based on ideology and a belief that markets and Wall St. would somehow self-regulate. A giant, legal - for the most part - ponzi scheme enriched the few and harmed the many bringing our nation to the brink of economic collapse. Today there is great effort to re-write history, helped along by rightwing members of the idiot fringe who reside on this MB daily. Proudly they echo each others lies & half-truths, spreading rumors and damning with inuenndos while they monger hate and fear. Yes Virginia, and Texas, Wisconsin and Idaho and each state across our union, we have met the enemy and he is us.