Ten years ago today, Arabs, using money and men from Saudi Arabia, launched attacks inside the United States. The world was aghast at the senseless violence. Even in Tehran the people held candlelight vigils in the street. The world was behind us as we launched air attacks in Afghanistan in support of the Northern Alliance. The world cheered as we helped the Northern Alliance drive the al Qaeda supporting Taliban from power. From that point forward it was one Bush administration fuck-up after another.
Cheney decided to take advantage of the nationwide fear to implement the Project for a New American Century's plan to turn the United States into a world empire. They turned their attention to the Iraq oil fields and transformed Saddam Hussein, from the kind of brutal dictator that America usually adores, into a threat to world peace and conspirator in the Trade Center attacks. Weapons of mass destruction lies bought the support of most Americans but few other countries. Since Iran was #2 on the PNAC hit list, the administration began to vilify Iran and included that country in the 'axis of evil', despite the fact that Iran was largely supportive of America and the attacks on Afghanistan.
The invasion of Iraq was a quick success, but the occupation has been a never ending disaster. The success in Afghanistan was quickly negated when the Bush administration abandoned the Northern Alliance, who had done most of the fighting and installed a, generally hated, puppet regime to run the country.
The Bush greed and war mongering destroyed the United States position of respect and we became, almost universally, despised around the world.
In a few short years, Bush took us from being a prosperous, peace loving country into being a bankrupt war mongering country.
The terrorists are responsible for the murder of no more than 6,000 people around the world while Bush murdered a half million or more people with his quest to dominate the Middle East. Yes, the Bush administration was more evil than al Qaeda.