And while on the subject of Bush, some observations on his foreign policy and another thing Obama did right:
Bush made a good call in holding Afghanistan responsible for the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. During the previous four decades, many terrorist attacks against the United States or its citizens went unanswered. American leaders made legalistic distinctions between terrorist groups and the independent nations that harbored them. Our leaders wrung their hands with anxiety about holding host nations responsible for the terrorist attacks that originated from groups they hosted. Consequently, many of these attacks went unanswered. Unfortunately, it took the deaths of 3,000 Americans for our government to overcome their angst and hold a foreign government accountable.
Team Bush started out well, assisting the so-called Northern Alliance in their decades long fight against the Taliban. Once the Alliance drove the Taliban from power and cornered Osama bin Laden, things went awry. Instead of committing the necessary forces to take down bin Laden and bring a quick ending to the war, Team Bush decided to pay off some local warlords millions of dollars to catch bin Laden for us. They took the money, of course, and let him escape to Pakistan rather than turn him over to the infidels. As Peter Bergen told it: