LOL! I love how when the Bush administration does something stupid, it's a "mistake", but when the press reports it, it is likened to treason.
Here's an interesting little list of suspected Al-Qaeda doings since 9/11:
4/11/2002 Explosion at ancient synogogue in Tunisia leaves 17 dead, including 11 German tourists.
5/2002 Car explodes outside hotel in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 14, including 11 French citizens.
6/2002 Bomb explodes outside American Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12.
10/2002 Nightclub bombings in Bali, Indonesia, kill 202, mostly Australian citizens.
Suicide attack on a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, kills 16.
5/2003 Suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Four bombs kill 33 people, targeting Jewish, Spanish, and Belgian sites in Casablanca, Morocco.
8/2003 Suicide car bomb kills 12, injures 150, at Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.
11/2003 Explosions rock a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, housing compound killing 17.
Suicide car bombers simultaneously attack two synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 25 and injuring hundreds. The following week a British bank in Istanbul is bombed.
3/2004 Ten terrorists bombs explode almost simultaneously during the morning rush hour in Madrid, Spain, killing 202 and injuring more than 1,400. A Moroccan affiliate of al-Qaeda claims responsibility.
5/29–31/2004 Terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, then take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound. After a stand-off, three of the four assailants escape, leaving 22 people dead, all but three of them foreigners.
6/11–19/2004 Terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson, Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Nearly a week after his capture, photos of his body are posted on an Islamist website. Saudi security forces find and kill four suspected terrorists, including the self-proclaimed military leader of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, after they are seen dumping a body.
12/6/2004 Militants, believed to be linked to Al-Qaeda, drive up to the U.S. consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, storm the gates, and kill 5 consulate employees, none of whom were American. Saudi security forces subdue the attackers, killing four.
But hey, with the exception of Paul Johnson, no Americans...and he did have the nerve to travel outside of the US. I really hope that American lives and American soil aren't all that we're judging success in fighting terrorism on. The issue isn't "winning" the war on terrorism, as much as doing something on a worldwide basis about it...but that would require cooperation, which George Bush is even worse at than marketing. It would also require paying attention to the real problem (Al-Quaeda and it's cells all over the world) instead of focusing solely on one dictatorship and once ending it, hanging around to incite civil war and refusing to give the country a chance to make it without our "wisdom". The Bush administration can't really be blamed for it's poor marketing--- their product is shoddy and poorly planned.
I have to go read about Otto Dix now... :-)