The basic story, as I understand it, is that when terrorists killed thousands of people on in September 2001 that proved that the policies of the Clinton administration failed. Then the antrax attacks were a collective feature of our imagination. Then Richard Reid’s effort to blow up a plane with explosives hidden in his shoe doesn’t count because it failed. And terrorist attacks in Madrid & London prove that Europeans are weak. The deaths of thousands of people in terrorist attacks in Iraq shows that we succeeded in taking the attack to the enemy. And Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s effort to blow up a plane with explosives hidden in his pants is a huge al-Qaeda success.
Thus, looking back over the whole thing we can see that George W Bush’s approach to al-Qaeda was working great, whereas since Obama came in his implemented a “law enforcement” philosophy that’s failed miserably. Right?