W was allowed to define the problem as Bin Lauden's gang instead of the Saudi structures it was created from. W then ignored Bin Lauden after the fall of Kabul and let Dick and Don have their glorious Iraqi adventure. Our chattering class decided that defending 1990's level civil liberties and human rights norms was more important than our nominal war. Come back and wake me when a city gets nuked. The bad guys won. As with Nam we won in the field and were stabbed in the back.