As we approach the ten year anniversary of the deadliest attack on US soil while at the same time trying to solve major budget problems, I feel this quote from Bin Laden himself back in '04 is something more people should read:

We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. ... We, alongside the mujahedeen, bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat. ... All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al Qaeda, in order to make generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving anything of note other than some benefits for their private corporations

Source: Al-Jazeera via

But of course we should keep spending billions on unwinnable wars while we have a budget crisis and giving up more and more of our freedoms and privacy to government intrusion, because that makes sense somehow in a country that supposedly values its freedom.