The Folly of Nation Building - One View of the US
We are in a good strong position. Bush has woken the entire Islamic world. We are grateful to him.
Maulana Sami al-Huq, Director of the Haqqania madrasa, Pakistan
The goal of 9-11 was certainly to shock the US, but more importantly to provoke a reaction.
The US could've chosen many courses after 9-11; the much maligned "criminal approach" would've solved the problem without fuelling the other side, for instance.
There are only a few things that the US could've done which would've created more backlash(invading Saudi for instance.)
We played right into Bin Laden's game, and despite the impressive "metrics" and all the numbers three and fours we have supposedly detained, their side is growing, and thus, we're losing the war on terror.
Thanks for bringing this up.
The N.Y.R.o.B really does a great job of laying out that path we might have taken.