A well thought out perspective on Bush’s terrorism failures by Paul Krugman:
Op-Ed Columnist: Weak on Terror: “It’s now clear that by shifting his focus to Iraq, Mr. Bush did Al Qaeda a huge favor. The terrorists and their Taliban allies were given time to regroup; the resurgent Taliban once again control almost a third of Afghanistan, and Al Qaeda has regained the ability to carry out large-scale atrocities.
But Mr. Bush’s lapses in the struggle against terrorism extend beyond his decision to give Al Qaeda a breather. His administration has also run interference for Saudi Arabia ï¿½ the home of most of the 9/11 hijackers, and the main financier of Islamic extremism ï¿½ and Pakistan, which created the Taliban and has actively engaged in nuclear proliferation.”