Second, had we maintained a presence there, Iraq would have provided a counter to Iran, which has repeatedly threatened America.
Bush's mistake was not in invading Iraq, it was in not keeping enough troops there to consolidate victory. We defeated the Iraqi insurgency and had set up a far more conciliatory and friendly government, one with popular support, that we could have continued to work with. By abandoning them (and I blame Obama for this more than Bush, as the Bush plan was to leave a small cadre of advisors), we opened the region up to Iran, which is the greater threat (and the persecution of the Sunni currently underway in Iraq is a function of the Iranian presence there).
Bin Laden's plan was for get the Islamic masses to rise up and destroy us. That hasn't happened, but it is still a possibility, for reasons that I will address below.
Both Hillary Clinton and John F'n Kerry told Bush that there were weapons of mass destruction, so blame it all on them.
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