If somebody had told me on September 11, 2001 that seven years later Osama bin Laden would still be alive, and that the principal accomplishment of the U.S. military over the past seven years had been to install some theocratic Iranian allies in power in Baghdad, and had done so at the cost of 4,500 American and between a quarter of a million and a million Iraqi lives, I would have simply refused to believe them.
I would have said: "No. I have a very low opinion of George W. Bush. But even my opinion of him is not that low."
I did not then know what Bush said on August 6, 2001, to the briefer who warned him that Osama bin Laden was determined to strike inside the United States: "All right. You've covered your ass, now."
We remember September 11, 2001. We will never forget.