The Road to Here
After 9/11, it seemed that we were in a battle against evil. And without a doubt, Osama Bin Laden was evil. And yet strangely, the American government chose not to focus on him or even on al Qaeda.
Instead, the U.S. became engaged, embroiled, and then quagmired in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the meantime, Bin Laden himself, having used mostly Saudi Arabians (15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, none were from Afghanistan or Iraq) and Saudi money to perpetrate 9/11, was hiding out in Pakistan.
Undoubtedly, the Pakistani government knew exactly of Bin Laden’s whereabouts, and yet it happily collected more than $20 billion in U.S. foreign aid between 2001 and 2011, while all the time keeping Bin Laden’s secret. That’s how badly we were played, and now top Pakistani officials are crowing about their victory in the long game, as they, not