Clinton’s reaction: Treat it as a crime, and therefore within the purview of law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Result: Half of the perps were caught, tried and punished in a little over a year; most of the remaining ones were found within the next three years.
Bush’s reaction: Use it as a pretext for military action against Iraq — even though Iraq had nothing to do with it. Seven years and several hundreds of thousands of deaths later, the main perps are still free, but two countries have been destroyed and the US staggers under the strain the long, drawn-out war and occupation has put on our economy and our national debt.
All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.
This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat. All Praise is due to Allah. So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah.
He may well be right — especially if somehow John "Hundred Years’ War" McCain, who doesn’t seem to understand asymmetrical warfare in the least, gets to be Commander-in-Chief. McCain’s backed Bush’s war from the start, whereas Obama opposed it and has been one of the loudest voices calling for our withdrawal from Iraq. I think we know which one Bin Laden wants to see running our country — it’ll be the one whose stupid loudmouth bullying ways further fan the flames of Iraqi anger and serve as the best recruiting poster Al-Qaeda could imagine.