The attacks of 9/11 were a horrendous deed.
What makes me angrier than 9/11? Making the mistake of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s exactly what the Salafis and Wahhabis want — an easy way of selling their poisonous narrative of eternal and irreconcilable conflict between Islam and the West. And it costs billions upon trillions of dollars.
[Former CIA Analyst] Michael Scheuer‘s book depicts bin Laden as a rational actor who is fighting to weaken the United States by weakening its economy, rather than merely combating and killing Americans.
Osama bin Laden acknowledged the book in a 2007 statement, suggesting that it revealed “the reasons for your losing the war against us.”
So is bin Laden’s war on America being won through American profligacy? Think of the trillions of dollars of resources America has spent on fighting the war on terror, instead of building up domestic economic strength. Every bomb dropped, every ship built, every drop of oil and blood spilt in occupying the middle east is sapping America, by diverting resources away from the American people and toward an unwinnable, endless war.