The September 11, 2001 Sneak Attack on the United States
Foreign Confidential™ comment: the enemy--Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan--should have been obliterated within hours, certainly, within days, of the attack. The U.S. had the conventional means to utterly destroy the enemy--whose bases were known and could have been easily targeted for annihilation. The failure to wipe the clerical fascist scum from the face of the earth by any and all means necessary--the apparent bowing to Saudi sensibilities and nuclear Pakistan, which invented and sustained the Taliban and aided Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, is inexplicable and inexcusable.
World War II rules of engagement should have applied. The enemy leaders and senior commanders should never have been allowed to escape into lawless Pakistan. There should have been no land war in Afghanistan, only giant craters where once stood enemy installations and bases. The devastation should have been on a scale not seen since World War II--in every sense--a lesson and reminder for generations to come of the fate that lies in store for those who dare to attack the U.S. homeland, dare to slaughter civilians on U.S. soil.
Tragically, the victims of 9/11 have not been avenged. The long-overdue killing of the mastermind Bin Laden did not suffice. That the Taliban still exist, that the medieval monsters are poised to retake Afghanistan--where Washington should never have secretly intervened in the first place--that there still exists a group called Al Qaeda is simply disgraceful.