There is no lack of commentary bemoaning all the wrong turns we took after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, and few that dwell on the positives. Erika Johnsen at Townhall.com has an article, "Afterburner: What We Did Right After 9/11," that brings up analyses by Bill Whittle and Ed Morrissey. Here's how she sums up Bill Whittle:
-The problem with waiting for a smoking gun is that people have already died
-Every major intelligence agency thought Saddam Hussein had WMD - yes, people died, but Bush did not lie
-Enhanced interrogation techniques' were never used to determine guilt or innocence; they were used to gain information from people who proudly and willfully admitted to having hurt Americans
-Because of our hardworking military and intelligence units, we have foiled at least eleven major terror attacks since 9/11
As Mr. Whittle says, Osama bin Laden was killed, not as the magnificent caliph living in the glorious palace he envisioned, but as a hunted coward, and he probably had time to realize that Americans are made of a far different stuff than what he had thought.